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Salt and Pepper Shrimp

  • Author: Seonkyoung Longest


The BEST Salt and Pepper Shrimp Recipe Online!


  • frying oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, large ones cut into halves and small ones leave as wholes
  • 1 red chili, sliced, shake off excess seeds
  • 1 green chili sliced, shake off excess seeds
  • 2 lb peeled and deveined extra large shrimp (U16 if possible)
  • 1 tsp salt, divided  
  • 1 tsp pepper, divided  
  • 1 cup potato starch or cornstarch
  • lime wedges to serve



  1. Heat frying oil to 375°F.
    Place garlic pieces on a small strainer and fry them in the preheated oil for 15 to 20 seconds or until golden brown. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Place chili slices on the strainer and fry them for 5 seconds. Set aside with garlic. 
  2. Bring frying oil temperature back to 375°F. 
    Season shrimp with 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper, toss evenly. Now add potato starch and coat the shrimp evenly with the starch. Shake off the excess. 
  3. Carefully drop the shrimp away from you in the frying oil. Do 2 to 3 batches to not to crowd the pot. If you crowd the pot too much, the oil temperature will drop to fast and too much. The shrimp won’t turn out as crispy as it should be. Frying shrimp 3 to 4 minutes if you are using U16 or adjust cooking time depending on the size of the shrimp you are using. When the shrimp is done cooking, remove from oil and place on a baking pan lined with cooling rack. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
  4. Combine remaining salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl and place fried shrimp in a serving bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper mixture on top of the shrimp and toss it until it’s all evenly coated. Sprinkle fried garlic and chili. Maybe sprinkle some micro green cilantro if you like and serve with lime wedges. Sprinkle extra salt and pepper to your taste and serve immediately. Enjoy!