Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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Practically everyone loves fried shrimp, right? Well, boy, oh boy, if you love it as much as we do, are you in for a treat.

It just doesn’t get much tastier than this.  It’s really all about the fried shrimp batter, and we are crazy about this version.  Of course, there are many, many ways to prepare shrimp…but this, we think, tops ’em all.  And it’s so easy and comes together in about 30 minutes, or less!


How to Make Southern-Fried Shrimp

So crunchy, succulent,  and amazingly flavorful. We love all kinds of shrimp, we think extra large, or even jumbo shrimp, are awesome for our Southern Fried Shrimp!

Hey, watch us show you how easy it is to make this incredible Southern-Fried Shrimp recipe!

The buttermilk and whole-grain mustard work beautifully with the seasoned flour to make the most amazing batter for the shrimp.

Not a lot of ingredients, but HUGE on taste and texture!

We truly believe this is the secret to the best fried shrimp recipe.

Southern Fried Shrimp recipe

Each shrimpy gets a nice soaking in the buttermilk/grain mustard sauce and then a wonderful dredging through wonderfully seasoned flour.

This is going to make for some incredibly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside fried shrimp.

Here we go! Let’s hear it for Buttermilk Fried Shrimp!

Southern Fried Shrimp recipe

Exceptional Flavor and Texture

Now, we did tell you these gems would fry up beautifully, didn’t we?  They only fry for a couple of minutes in hot oil, and they turn to golden perfection.

Just look how delicious these look!  And trust us, they’re just as yummy as they look!


Southern Fried Shrimp recipe

What to Serve it With

Southern-Fried Shrimp is one of the most popular recipes on the blog and for good reason. This fried shrimp is good!  One bite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll understand why.

We promise you, this recipe delivers the taste and that all-important crunch!

They are wonderful with a squirt of fresh lemon just as you bring them to the table.

Southern Fried Shrimp recipe

And to really make it extra special, whip up a batch of Homemade Cocktail Sauce, and you and your guests will flip over these incredible crustaceans!

A True Crowd-Pleaser!

This is the real deal!  One of our all-time favorite ways to cook shrimp. And with the best-ever homemade cocktail sauce. Doesn’t get much better than this!

And if you like this fried shrimp, you should check out our Southern Shrimp and Cheesy Grits!


Ready to make the best fried shrimp this side of New Orleans?  Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A hand squeezing lemons over Southern Fried Shrimp on a white plate with a bowl of cocktail sauce

Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce is about as delicious as they come. I love using large (or even extra large) shrimp here. The buttermilk and whole-grain batter make them extra crunchy and SO amazingly delicious!
4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Fried shrimp, Seafood
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 458kcal


  • 2 dozen shrimp large, or extra-large, peeled and deveined
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt plus another 1 & 1/2 tbsp
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper plus 1 tbsp
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Oil (for frying) I typically use vegetable, for frying
  • 1 cup buttermilk well-shaken
  • 2 tsp whole-grain mustard
  • Homemade cocktail sauce


  • Place the shrimp in a medium bowl and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour with the remaining 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of pepper, and the cayenne.
  • Heat the oil, in a heavy-duty skillet (about 3 - 4 inches deep, or your deep-fryer to 350F) - if you don't have a thermometer, test by tossing a pinch of flour onto the hot oil...if it sinks and doesn't sizzle, it's not ready. If it browns too quickly, it's too hot. You can also try a small piece of bread, using the same guide).
  • Mix the buttermilk and mustard in a bowl, and then pour over the seasoned shrimp and combine.
  • Working in batches, use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp from the buttermilk and transfer to the seasoned flour.
  • Using a separate dry spoon (or your fingers), toss to evenly coat.
  • Carefully slip the battered shrimp into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes; drain on paper towels.
  • (Be sure not to overcrowd the fryer with too many shrimp, this lowers the temp of the oil, and the shrimp won't crisp up as nicely as they should).



Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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    • Hi Lisa! YUM!!!! Shrimp hoagie with the garlic rosemary aioli sounds heavenly! Thank you so so much for sharing and for the wonderful review. That means so much to us! Please stay in touch! Best, Kris & Wesley

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