Cornmeal Coated Fried Shrimp

Kathy Sterling


We lived on the Texas Gulf Coast and my father and family shrimped and fished with a passion.

Shrimp was plentiful in our home of 10 people and saved my mother money...imagine we had it often.

One of my favorite ways to have shrimp was simple and delicious and still the way I cook it most of the time.

It may be easy, but the flavor brings back so many memories so it is a comfort food to me.



★★★★★ 4 votes

3 to 4 people
15 Min
20 Min


  • 2 lb
    medium shrimp, cleaned and deviened
  • 1 c
    yellow cornmeal, i use quaker brand
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper, more if you like it spicey
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    steak seasoning, i use texjoy
  • 2 c
    vegetable cooking oil or other oil for deep frying

How to Make Cornmeal Coated Fried Shrimp


  1. Clean and de-vein shrimp.
    Rinse thoroughly and leave shrimp in clean water, you want the shrimp to be wet when dredging in cornmeal.
    In a small bowl mix cornmeal and seasonings well.
  2. Heat cooking oil until hot enough for deep frying. Approximately 325 degrees. If you get the oil too hot, it will make the fried shrimp a darker color.
  3. Dip shrimp into cornmeal mixture and drop into hot oil to cook. Fry for approximately 5 minutes or until a light golden brown.
    Serve hot with ketchup, cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.

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About Cornmeal Coated Fried Shrimp

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes Seafood
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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