Fried Crispy Shrimp Skewers Recipe

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Recipe Facts

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Makes: 12 skewers

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Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 clove garlic, minced on microplane

  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lime

  • Sliced scallions or chives

For the Shrimp:

  • 12 colossal shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled and deveined

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon Japanese hot pepper (togarashi) or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1 1/2 quarts peanut oil

Directions

  1. Put sugar in small heavy-bottomed saucepot and add 2 tablespoons water to form a wet sand consistency. Cook over high heat until sugar turns a pale golden color, about 5 minutes total. Immediately add vinegar (mixture will bubble rapidly). Add fish sauce, pepper flakes, and garlic, and cook, stirring with a whisk until reduced to 1/2 cup and mixture is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add lime juice and chives. Store sauce in covered container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

  2. Place shrimp flat on cutting board, leg-side down and press down until it lies flat and straight. Insert a wooden skewer from the tail to the head. Shrimp should be as straight as possible on skewer.

  3. Set up a breading station: Put flour in one shallow dish, beaten eggs in second, and combine panko, sesame seeds, pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in third shallow dish. Working one skewer at a time, dredge lightly in flour and shake off excess. Dip in egg and turn until evenly coated. Place in bread crumb mixture and press with bread crumbs until well-coated. Repeat with remaining skewers.

  4. Heat oil in a large wok or Dutch Oven over high heat until it registers 350 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Add shrimp and cook, flipping and agitating regularly until golden brown and crispy and shrimp is cooked through. Transfer shrimp to paper-towel lined baking sheet and turn to blot out oil. Season with salt. Wipe skewers with clean paper towel. Serve immediately with sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
334 Calories
16g Fat
33g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 334
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 683mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 179mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)