Fried foods are something I don’t eat often, but if and when I do, it’s usually fried fish and fried shrimp. They are 2 of the quickest and easiest things to cook! So quick and easy that even if you don’t know how to cook, this is something easy for you.
When I am making fried shrimp and steak fries, I start with the fries because they take longer to prepare. In the grocery store, I look for large russet baking potatoes which usually means purchasing them individually. Since it’s just 2 of us, 2 potatoes are more than enough for us.
I wash the potatoes with a very small drop of dishwashing liquid and warm water and scrub them to make sure they are completely clean. Once thoroughly washed, I pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel. Slice the potatoes from top to bottom in half, slice each half into halves, and then slice each of those into halves. Did I confuse you yet? This is what your steak fries should look like when you are done.
While I’m preparing the shrimp so that the potatoes don’t turn brown (which I don’t like), I cover them with water. Add enough cold water to cover the potatoes and place them in the refrigerator.
Time for the shrimp! I always prefer fresh over frozen, but frozen can also be used in this recipe. If you choose frozen shrimp, of course, make sure they are completely thawed. De-vein the shrimp and season with olive oil and pepper.
Mixing the batter is super simple. Mix the cornmeal, flour, creole seasoning, and pepper together in a bowl until well blended and set aside.
In another bowl, slightly beat the egg in a bowl and then add the milk making sure the 2 ingredients are mixed well.
Take each shrimp and dip it into the egg mixture and then into the flour/cornmeal mixture. Place each shrimp on a paper towel and follow the same process for all of the shrimp. Depending how thick you want the breading on your shrimp, you may want to repeat the dipping process.
Time to whip out the pan and the grease for frying! It’s personal preference, but I do all of my frying in a cast iron pot or skillet. Cast iron hold heat really well. Pour the grease into the pans and turn the eye on medium to high heat.
Cook the potatoes until they are a golden brown on each side. As my fries are done and fresh out of the grease, I like to place them in a brown paper bag, add some seasoning salt, and share them up to give them some flavor.
Shrimp cook very quickly so you will only need to cook them 3-4 minutes on minutes on each side.
As the fries and shrimp are done, place on a paper towel to drain and then on a rack.
Voilà! That’s it! See how easy it is?
- 1 t olive oil
- ½ t pepper
- 1 c flour
- 1 c cornmeal
- 1 t creole seasoning
- ½ t pepper
- ½ c milk
- 2 eggs