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How to Make Pan Fried Shrimp

How to Make Pan Fried Shrimp

Here are 9 simple steps to bring toothsome fried shrimps to your table. Cooking time plays a major role here. Shrimps become ready in the twinkle of an eye, so you need to prepare all ingredients in advance. Don’t gape or you’ll end with rubber-like seafood.


  • Fresh or frozen shrimp
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sea salt (Maldon is a good option)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper (this Tellicherry peppercorn is a good option)
  • Unsalted butter (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)



  1. Remove fresh shrimp from the fridge at least 1.5 hours before cooking. If frozen shrimp is being used, run shrimp under cold water until it’s thawed. Make sure the shrimps are at room temperature when you are about to cook.
  2. Pick a stainless steel, carbon steel, or cast-iron frying pan. Avoid non-stick cookware. Heat up the frying pan on high heat.
  3. Pour oil till it forms the thinnest layer on the fry pan. You’ll notice oil starts smoking right away.
  4. Put shrimps in the frying pan and cook with no covering and stirring for 1 – 1.5 minutes depending on shrimp size. Make sure you don’t overfill the pan.
  5. If you want to add butter, do it right before flipping the shrimps.
  6. Flip shrimps and keep cooking with no covering and stirring until they are done (1 – 2 minutes).
  7. Then turn off the heat.
  8. Squeeze lemon juice (optional) and sprinkle salt and pepper while shrimp is still in the hot pot. Toss pan for even coating of shrimps with butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

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About the author

Jennifer Baron

My name is Jennifer Baron and I have a love and passion for cooking fresh, home-style, clean, healthy and nutritious recipes for 30 years. I’ve worked in the food industry since I was 16 years old

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