Southern Fried Shrimp

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This Southern Fried Shrimp recipe is easy, delicious, super easy to make. Crunchy on the outside and bursting with flavor. In about 15 minutes, from start to finish, you’ll have a tasty meal of crispy seafood ready to go.

fried shrimp in a blue small bowl

I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with shrimp and a good majority of people would agree with me. Shrimp is an extremely popular food around the world, and apparently, it has been for thousands of years.

These shrimp are super crispy and I don’t know about you but I prefer shrimp fried with just flour. I’m not a fan of a panko or cornmeal coating for fried shrimp.

I have countless shrimp recipes simply because I can’t get enough of it and neither can my family. Some of our favorites we like to make often are Crunchy Honey Walnut Shrimp, Saucy Shrimp, and Honey Garlic Shrimp.

How to Make Southern Fried Shrimp

  1. Soak the shrimp – In a large bowl, mix together the milk, ½ teaspoon salt, the black pepper, half the granulated garlic, half the paprika, and half of the oregano. Add in the shrimp and let soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Coat the shrimp – Once the shrimp is finished soaking, shake free of excess milk. Mix together the remaining spices and flour on a plate and coat the shrimp well. Make sure you coat the shrimp really well with flour. Coat them several times with the seasoned flour. You should not be able to see the shrimp under the flour. 
  3. Fry the shrimp – Heat the oil to 375 degrees and fry each batch of shrimp for about 1-2 minutes or until it’s nice and crispy.
  4. Serve – Allow the shrimp to cool a bit and serve!


seasoned flour in a cake pan and seafood soaked in milk in a white bowl.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Serving sauces – If you enjoy dipping your shrimp in a sauce, you can serve these fried shrimp with honey mustard, tartar sauce, sriracha mayo, etc. I served it with honey mustard. 
  • Use uncooked shrimp   In order for your shrimp to really soak up flavor, they need to be the uncooked kind you get from the store. If they’re already pink in the package, this means they’re cooked and won’t really soak up any flavor through the prepping process. If the shrimp are a grey color, then those are the kind you’re looking for. Be sure they’re deveined and peeled for your convenience. 
  • Make it spicy – Add some cayenne pepper to the recipe for extra spice. 


fried shrimp in an iron skillet with oil.

Can You Fry Already Cooked Shrimp?

Of course, you can! Already cooked shrimp is, well, already cooked, so you don’t have to wonder if it’s already finished. However, for this recipe, it’s much better, flavor-wise, to use uncooked shrimp. It’s definitely up to you on whether or not you want to use cooked shrimp. I just like to use uncooked because it allows the flavors to soak into the shrimp more for a better flavor.

Top Tip: 

Serve these with honey mustard! So good.


a hand dipping a fried shrimp in a honey mustard sauce.

What Goes Good with Southern Fried Shrimp?

Crispy shrimp go well with so many sides. However, there are certain sides that are more popular than others when it comes to shrimp. Some of these sides include Creamy Coleslaw (if you like spicy, try this Creamy Sriracha Coleslaw), Corn on the Cob, Creamed Corn, or even Cheesy Corn. Of course, you can’t forget the Hush Puppies, and while you’re at it, throw in some Cheese Garlic Biscuits, Deep Fried Mac n Cheese Balls, Honey Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread, or a Tomato Avocado Salad. You can even use the shrimp to make another meal altogether. For example, you can use your shrimp to make a po’boy sandwich, shrimp salad, sliders, etc. So many ideas and ways to use shrimp – it’s crazy!

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fried shrimp in a blue small bowl
4.92 from 114 votes

Southern Fried Shrimp

Crunchy flavorful shrimp fried to perfection. Dip these in honey mustard or serve as a main entree.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes
Servings: 6
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  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper , or to taste
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • oil, for frying


  • Add the milk, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp granulated garlic, and shrimp to a large bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Season the all purpose flour with the remaining salt, paprika, oregano, granulated garlic, and black pepper.
  • Remove the shrimp from the milk mixture and coat well with the seasoned flour. Make sure to coat the shrimp really well with lots of seasoned flour. You should not be able to see the shrimp under the flour.
  • Fry the shrimp for 3-4 minutes or until crispy in oil. The oil should be about 375 degrees F.
  • Remove the shrimp from the oil and place it on a plate with paper towel.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 171
Keyword: Crispy Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Southern Fried Shrimp
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  1. 5 stars
    We added Old Bay and a little salt to season but these were amazing!!! We had some picky eaters who aren’t big shrimp fans rave about these!

  2. 5 stars
    REALLY good. My family went nuts for these. I’ve typically gone the bread crumb route with fried shrimp, but I found these easier to prepare and more shrimp – less breading. Again, REALLY good. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Julie, I was just wondering…Do you get tired of everyone telling you how delicious this recipe is?? Well, get used to it, cuz here is another one! LOL Thanks for sharing! Loved it

  4. 5 stars
    I used your recipe for shrimp last night, I will never use anything else! They were easy, tasty and just perfect. My whole family loved them! Thank you. . .

  5. Very good!! I used some crispy fish fry for the coating (was a little too crispy for me), but the flavor was so good! My family, including my picky kids loved it!! Next time I’ll do the exact recipe😊

  6. 5 stars
    These are perfect! Burned my mouth cause they were so pretty, I couldnt wait for them to cool off. I used buttermilk cause thats what I had on hand, kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne in the milk and the flour…still your recipe and absolutely 5 stars! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, Cara! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and also shared how you altered it a bit. Next time, I’ll add cayenne to give it a kick 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    The best recipe and so easy. I was so intimidated by shrimp. Not anymore! I fixed this for my son who loves shrimp!

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! So simple and easy to make. Taste is wonderful!! Will now make my fried shrimp this way always,