In the late 1970s, I discovered Clyde's restaurant in Columbia, Maryland. The entire menu was fabulous, especially the Beer Battered Shrimp and their Victoria Spice Cake. Both recipes were creations of the chef, who passed away a few years later and took her recipes to her grave. The restaurant later became part of a chain and only the splendid decor remains today. The food is still good, but that's all – just "good". For months, I have been trying to replicate something approaching the taste of that wonderful shrimp dish. I am very pleased with the following recipe.
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- 1 lb large or jumbo fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 ounces self-rising flour
- 3/4 teaspoon shellfish spice mix
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 5 fluid ounces strong flavoured beer or 5 fluid ounces ale
- oil, or melted fat to deep fry
- lemon wedge, to garnish
- prepared seafood cocktail sauce (optional)
Shellfish Spice Mix
- 1----Shellfish Spice Mix----.
- 2Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
- 3Store unused portion in an empty spice bottle and refrigerate for maximum flavour retention.
- 4----Fried Shrimp----.
- 5Sift the flour and ¾ tsp (or more, if you like) shellfish spice mix into a bowl.
- 6Beat to a smooth batter with unbeaten egg, butter and beer.
- 7Dredge the shrimp in the batter to coat them and place them, a few at a time, in a frying basket and fry in hot oil or fat (350F/180C) for about a minute or two until the batter is golden brown.
- 8Remove them from the oil and drain them.
- 9Serve with lemon wedges and, if desired, cocktail sauce.
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Nutritional Facts for Beer Battered Shrimp
Serving Size: 1 (196 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 283.9
- Calories from Fat 57
- Total Fat 6.4 g
- Saturated Fat 2.6 g
- Cholesterol 233.3 mg
- Sodium 550.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 24.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
- Sugars 0.2 g
- Protein 27.7 g
The following items or measurements are not included:
shellfish spice mix
morton lite salt
salt-free lemon pepper
Old Bay Seasoning