Jumbo shrimp coated in a mixture of potato flakes, orange zest and fresh thyme; then fried until golden brown.
When Hilary from Baking Bad posted that she wanted to do a Chopped Challenge on her blog I was all over it. I don't watch many cooking shows, but I was introduced to the show Chopped on The Food Network when visiting my Mom in FL last year.
Her and her husband are AVID TFN watchers and this show came on during one of our visits. I have to say that the show really intrigued me. The contestants are given four ingredients and they have to make an appetizer, meal and dessert course.
With each course, one contestant is eliminated, leaving only two contestants to make the dessert course; where the panel of judges get to decide who gets Chopped and who is the winner.
I love to watch the creative juices flow as they decide what it is they're going to make with what they are given.
For this challenge I was given shrimp, instant mashed potatoes and two other ingredients; which I used to make a dipping sauce. That's how these Potato Encrusted Fried Shrimp came to be.
How do you make Potato Encrusted Fried Shrimp?
For this recipe you'll need jumbo shrimp, instant mashed potato flakes, orange zest, fresh thyme, eggs, all purpose flour and Canola oil for frying.
Clean and devein the shrimp; then set aside. Prepare three separate bowls; one for the flour and one for an egg wash. In the third bowl, combine the instant potatoes, orange zest and thyme.
Dip each piece of shrimp first into the flour, egg wash; then into the potato mixture. Pour approximately 1-inch of oil into a large frying pan and heat.
Carefully place shrimp into the hot oil and fry until both sides are golden brown and shrimp is white in color and cooked through. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bag to remove any excess oil.
My family loved the Potato Encrusted Fried Shrimp; however, the dipping sauce was just ok. Thankfully, these tasted great on their own! This recipe was meant to serve as an appetizer, so if you'd prefer this as a meal, use the recipe card to increase the serving size; which will also adjust the ingredients needed. ~Enjoy!
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Potato Encrusted Fried Shrimp
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp ,cleaned and deveined
- 1- (7-ounce) box instant mashed potato flakes
- 1 orange ,zest only
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 2 large eggs ,whisked
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- Canola oil ,for frying
- Clean and devein the shrimp; then set aside. Prepare three separate bowls; one for the flour and one for an eggs. In the third bowl, combine the instant potatoes, orange zest and thyme.
- Dip each piece of shrimp first into the flour, eggs; then into the potato mixture. Pour approximately 1-inch of oil into a large frying pan and heat.
- Carefully place shrimp into the hot oil and fry until both sides are golden brown and shrimp is white in color and cooked through. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bag to remove any excess oil.
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*Originally shared December 2011/Updated January 2021
Inspired by eRecipeCards says
VERY GOOD LUCK ON THE CHALLENGE!
I just went to the post and no voting yet. SOmetimes I get caught up in things, so a gentle reminder (a comment on my site) will nudge me back to Baking bad so i can vote.
i was introduced to mashed potatoes as a coating agent just recently (Carla Hall). It made terrific onion rings so very logical to give shrimp a try.
The fruit roll ups I have seen on the show and you did exactly what they would have tried on the show.
It all looks and sounds DELICIOUS! Great job
Carrie - ASassyRedhead.com says
Fruit Rollups?!? I would have never, ever even thought of anything like that!
I have to tell you though...this looks amazing. Absolutely scrumpt!
Carrie's Experimental Kitchen says
Thank you both so much! Dave I will give you a heads up when voting begins. Thanks for all of your support! Merry Christmas! <3
Little Cooking Tips says
Oh my this coating is just amazing and so creative! Definitely bookmarked! Thank you for sharing it!
Carrie's Experimental Kitchen says
Thank you and I hope you enjoy the recipe!