Cajun Fried Shrimp Batter Recipe

Cajun Fried Shrimp Batter Recipe

Who doesn’t love fried shrimp as their Sunday afternoon snack? If you are one of them, then this cajun fried shrimp batter recipe is definitely to bookmark. Added various spices fumes the extra taste to every bite, and it’s worth it.

Cajun Fried Shrimp has been one of the most demanding dishes for the perfect afternoon snack. It is relatively easy to make, too. You mix up a marinade of sorts, let the shrimp rest for half an hour, and then dip them in flour and fry them up.

Fry up a batch of crispy shrimps; trust me, they are utterly addictive. Without any further delay, let’s just jump into the recipe.

Cajun Fried Shrimp

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Pepper along with your shrimp. This cajun battered shrimp goes really well with beef tacos, chicken tagine, or even island-style ham.


  • 500 grams of large king prawns 
  • 280 ml of buttermilk
  • 100 grams of polenta
  • 1/2 tbsp of cajun spice mix
  • 100 grams of cornflour
  • 1 tsp of mustard powder

For the mayo

  • 4 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce

For the Cajun spice mix

  • 2 tbsp of paprika
  • 4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp of onion powder
  • 4 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano

For the Cajun Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp of horseradish sauce
  • 2 tsp of tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp of dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper

Methods of Preparing Step by Step:

Cajun Dipping Sauce:

Step 1:

Start with a small bowl. Add 1 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp of horseradish sauce, 2 tsp of tomato ketchup, 1 tsp of dill pickle juice, 1/2 tsp of paprika, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and whisk together until well combined. Better make it earlier in the day and let it rest in the fridge.

Cajun Fried Shrimps:

Step 2:

Start with the mayo. Take 4 tbsp of mayonnaise and 1 tbsp of hot sauce in a bowl. Add lime juice for extra taste. Set aside for later use.

Step 3:

Take a large bowl. Take 500 grams of prawns and coat them with 1/2 tbsp of the cajun spice mix. 

Step 4:

Take another bowl. Add 100 grams of polenta, 100 grams of cornflour, 1 tsp of mustard powder, remaining cajun spice mix, and mix together.

Step 5:

Take a deep frying pan. Fill with oil, at least 2 inches deep. Heat the oil to 180C. Dip the seasoned prawn thoroughly in the buttermilk, then coat it properly in the flour mixture. Fry the prawns for 1-2 minutes on each side until you see the golden brown color.

Step 6:

Drain the prawns on kitchen paper. Serve hot cajun fried shrimp with cajun dipping sauce and garnish with lime wedges squeezed over.

Kickin Fried Shrimp

I hope you enjoyed the previous buttermilk fried shrimp recipe. I now grant you as the true Seafood Lover. Now you must flip for crispy breaded Kickin Fried Shrimp recipe.

The shrimp has a crunchy coating that is perfectly seasoned. As we will dip it in flour and cornmeal mixture, this mixture will provide extra crunchiness. My mom used to tell me that these shrimps are best when the breeze is cool, and I follow that till now. 

The seafood breading mix for this recipe provides just the right balance between crispiness and crunchiness. These shrimps are better served with tartar sauce, or even cocktail sauce, my favorite one. Without further delay, let’s discover how to make breaded shrimps.


  • 2 lbs of medium shrimp peeled, tails removed
  • 2 and 1/2 cup of self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup of cornmeal
  • 3 tsp of seafood seasoning 
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 2 large-sized eggs 
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of whole buttermilk
  • olive oil for frying

Methods of Preparing Step by Step:

Step 1:

Start with the shrimps. Season 2 lb of medium shrimp with 1/2 tsp of seafood seasoning. Set it aside.

Step 2:

Take a medium bowl. Add 2 and 1/2 cups of self-rising flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, 3 tsp of seafood seasoning, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of onion powder, 1/2 tsp of ground cumin, and mix well. The self-rising flour here has salt, and baking powder already added.

We know that the baking powder adds a crispy texture to the breading that makes it utterly delicious. The salt in the flour and in the seafood seasoning makes it unnecessary to add additional salt. If needed, adjust by yourself.

Step 3:

Take another bowl. Add 2 beaten large eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk, and whisk together.

Step 4:

Get to the shrimps. Toss the seasoned shrimp with the seasoned flour mixture. Spread the shrimps carefully, so they don’t get clumped.

Dip each piece in the egg wash. Then toss them again in the flour mixture and shake off the excess breading. 

Step 5:

Take a deep saucepan. Fill it with oil, at least 4 inches. Remember, don’t overfill. Heat the saucepan to 350F.

Step 6:

Fry the breaded shrimps in batches for 2-4 minutes until golden color appears. Remember to adjust the heat to maintain the temperature of the oil.

Step 7:

Drain the excess oil by putting the shrimps on a paper towel lined to the pan.

Step 8:

Repeat until all the batches are clear. Arrange them on a plate.

If you got any seasoning left, do sprinkle them over the golden shrimps, if desired. Serve immediately, and I would again prefer the Cajun dipping sauce. I do hope you enjoy this seafood breader recipe. Bon Appetit!


That’s all for Cajun fried shrimp recipes, folks. These recipes can be served on any occasion but do remember my “cool breeze’ suggestion. Do try both to taste the full out of the shrimps.

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