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How to Make Beer-Battered Shrimp

Beer adds a nice yeasty flavor to this batter, which can also be used for fish and chips or any other fried seafood.


  • Step 1: Make the batter Combine 1½ cups flour with the salt and paprika and whisk in the beer until smooth.
  • TIP: Cover the batter with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for an hour. This will help the batter stick to the shrimp.
  • Step 2: Peel the shrimp Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails on.
  • Step 3: Devein the shrimp Make a shallow cut along the back of each shrimp with the tip of a sharp knife. Remove the vein under running water with your fingers or with the knife.
  • TIP: Larger shrimps’ veins can impart a dirty flavor or gritty texture.
  • Step 4: Heat the oil Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large heavy skillet to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 5: Batter the shrimp Dredge each shrimp in the remaining flour before dipping it in the batter.
  • Step 6: Fry the shrimp Drop shrimp in the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
  • Step 7: Serve Serve fried shrimp with lemon wedges and tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.
  • FACT: Did you know? Bass Ale’s red triangle is the oldest trademark in Britain, registered in 1876.

You Will Need

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • A 12-ounce bottle beer
  • 2 lb. shrimp
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cocktail sauce
  • A deep fryer
  • A cooking thermometer
  • A sharp knife
  • Plastic wrap

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