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Cajun Cayenne Lime Dusted Southern Fried Shrimp

Hot Buttermilk brined gulf shrimp tossed in crispy cornmeal then fried till golden brown. squeezed with lime juice, zest and a sprinkling of cayenne Cajun dust.

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WHAT’S GOING  ON HERE

Shrimp

Gulf shrimp come in brown, white and pink. They are a warm water shrimp that have an earthier flavor than Atlantic. It’s a staple shrimp here in the South. Use whatever shrimp you have on hand. Leaving the tails on makes it easier to toss and drop the breaded shrimp.

CAYENNE CAJUN RUB

My Cajun cayenne rub is simple but adds a lot of heat it’s mainly garlic, cayenne, black pepper, paprika and thyme with an addition of dill since it goes great with shrimp. The Cajun rub is seasoned both inside and outside the shrimp to really drive the flavor home.

CORNMEAL

Cornmeal adds a sweet crunchy crust to the shrimp. The yellow cornmeal also gives it its signature golden hue. Cornmeal is unbeatable when it comes to frying seafood.

HOT BUTTERMILK

Hot buttermilk is easy and requires no previous purchase of buttermilk. To make my buttermilk all I use is half and half since it’s a fridge staple for me and hot sauce .the acid in the hot sauce takes place of the white vinegar.

LIME

Keep the lime from the Cajun rub separately. Only combine them when finishing the dish. The fresh lime juice cuts through some of the fat of the fry. The lime zest really sends the lime flavor home and the juice plus crackling oil gives the seasoning something to stick to.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST Cajun cayenne lime dusted southern fried shrimp

the hot brine

buttermilk for seafood has a different purpose than buttermilk for chicken. buttermilk for seafood is all about flavor, heat and getting something for the crust to stick to. buttermilk for chicken is all about tenderizing and breaking down muscle fibers. soaking the shrimp for a prolonged period can over tenderize the shrimp and start to change the texture. do not let the shrimp sit in the buttermilk for longer than a hour.

peeling and deveining the shrimp

peeling and deveining the shrimp are essential. deveining the shrimp not only removes the waste from the shrimp it also leaves you with more surface area to get super crunchy shrimp. removing the tail is optional, although leaving the tail makes it easier to coat and drop the shrimp.

frying

frying shrimp is really easy. You want to make sure your cooking oil is hot enough otherwise the breading will absorb the oil. don’t fry the shrimp too long once they are golden brown they should be good to go. Because of the sugar in the corn that’s in the cornmeal setting your fryer too high can burn the breading as well.

serving

serve this dish however you like it. make it a player by adding hush puppies and fries , toss it on a baguette for a po’boy or serving it up with a smattering of dips like hot sauce, tartar, remoulade or cocktail. or serve it like my photo with fried sliced jalapenos and onions straws.

SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO

THAI CHILI + GARLIC FRIED SHRIMP

GRILLED SHRIMP W/ CAJUN BUTTER

SOUTHWESTERN SHRIMP SALAD

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Cajun Cayenne Lime Dusted Southern Fried Shrimp

Cajun Cayenne Lime Dusted Southern Fried Shrimp
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INGREDIENTS

  • 3lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6c Cooking Oil for frying
  • 2 Limes, zested and halved
  • HOT BUTTERMILK
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1c Half and Half
  • 1/2c Hot sauce
  • 1Tb Cornstarch
  • CAJUN CAYENNE RUB
  • 1Tb Garlic Powder
  • 2tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2tsp Thyme, finely ground
  • 1/2tsp Dill
  • 1tsp Salt
  • CORNMEAL CRUST
  • 1c Cornmeal
  • 3/4 c Flour
  • 1Tb Garlic Powder
  • 2tsp Cayenne
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1tsp Black Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • TO BRINE THE SHRIMP
  • Whisk together all the ingredients under hot buttermilk. Add to the already prepped shrimp. Toss and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  • TO MAKE THE SEASONING
  • Combine all the ingredients listed under cayenne rub.
  • FRYING THE SHRIMP
  • Combine all the ingredients under cornmeal crust.
  • Drain the buttermilk from the shrimp.
  • Toss 1-2 Tb of the Cajun seasoning over the shrimp to season.
  • Toss the shrimp in cornmeal.
  • Heat the cooking oil to 375F
  • Once the temperature is reached, working in batches add enough shrimp for an even layer in the fryer. Fry for 3-5 minutes till golden brown and floating.
  • Immediately from the fryer squeeze lime juice on hot shrimp, add a sprinkle of zest and a pinch of Cajun seasoning and toss the shrimp.
  • Continue the process till all the shrimp is cooked.
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