Cracker Breaded Deep-Fried Shrimp

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Total Time
20 mins
2 mins

Make certain to crush the crackers to an smaller coarse texture do not crush to a fine texture. Leave the tails on the shrimp intact for this. If you are using the unsalted crackers, then adjust the seasoned salt to taste. This shrimp is better than any served at a fancy restaurant!

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  1. Peel the shrimp, devein and leave the tails on .
  2. In a bowl mix together the crushed Ritz crackers, flour, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and seasoned salt.
  3. In another bowl mix/whisk together the buttermilk and egg, Tabasco and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until well combined.
  4. Holding the shrimp by the tail dip the shrimp into the buttermilk mixture, then dredge into the cracker mixture.
  5. Pour about 3 inches of oil into a large deep heavy-duty skillet or a cast-iron skillet (or use a deep fryer) heat oil to 375 degrees.
  6. Holding the shrimp by the tail carefully place the shrimp into hot oil.
  7. Fry in batches for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Drain on a wire rack with paper towels under the rack (do not place the cooked shrimp directly onto the paper towels or they will become soft).