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Texas Best Fried Shrimp

Prep time 40 mins
Fry time 3 mins
Yield Makes 18 servings
BRAND WINNER WILD AMERICAN Shrimp. Make sure your bread is at least a day or two old before you process it; this will give you perfectly dry breadcrumbs. This recipe feeds a small army, so feel free to halve it and the sauces.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf day-old very thin white bread slices
  • 5 pounds frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • canola oil
  • Red Sauce
  • Tartar Sauce

How to Make It

  1. Process day-old bread slices, in batches, in a food processor or blender until medium-fine crumbs. Set aside.

  2. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on. Butterfly shrimp by making a deep slit lengthwise down the back from the large end to the tail, cutting to, but not through, the inside curve of shrimp. Remove vein. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels; set aside.

  3. Whisk together half-and-half, sugar, and egg until sugar dissolves.

  4. Dredge shrimp in flour; shake off excess, and dip in egg mixture. Coat with breadcrumbs, and arrange on baking sheets.

  5. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 300°. Fry shrimp, in batches, 3 minutes; drain on wire racks over paper towels. Serve with Red Sauce and Tartar Sauce.