Shrimp lightly seasoned with McCormick’s Tomato Basil Seasoning Mix, dipped in a tempura style batter; then fried until golden brown.
TGIF! Can you believe it? I actually have an actual seafood recipe to share with you on Seafood Frenzy Friday! Before I begin with my latest experiment for this Tomato Basil Tempura Style Shrimp, let me share a little information first.
Two Friday’s ago, when I was sharing the latest Seafood Frenzy Friday on my social media, McCormick spices reached out to me to let me know they enjoyed my roundup with all of the wonderful seafood recipes and wanted to send me a special surprise.
There were so many choices and I wasn’t sure which spice I was going to try first, until I saw the Tomato Basil Salmon Seasoning Mix. It was a given since I love those Mediterranean flavors!
Now you all know I don’t eat seafood; however, on occasion I will make shrimp for my family and I usually prepare the shrimp either scampi or fried. It’s just their preference. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with these Tomato Basil Tempura Shrimp.
It’s fun to experiment with different cuisines and marry them together. I added the seasoning packet to the tempura batter consisting of water, egg, and baking soda and it really gave this shrimp dish a wonderful flavor. Trust me. I even taste tested a small piece myself. JUST. FOR. YOU. 🙂
The key to making a tempura batter is to keep the batter cold. Start with ice cold water before adding the rest of the ingredients; then keep the batter refrigerated until right before you’re ready to batter and fry.
It’s also one of those dishes that have to be eaten ‘hot off the presses’ so to speak or the batter will get soggy and it’s best when you get that crunchy coating when you bite into the shrimp.
The entire recipe took less than 20 minutes to make because I opted to use frozen shrimp. I adjusted the time a bit in the directions below to allow for full cleaning and deveining when using fresh shrimp instead; which I’m sure will make this recipe taste even better.
These Tomato Basil Tempura Shrimp would make a wonderful appetizer or serve as a main meal. I served my family this dish as a ‘surf and turf’ with grilled ribeye steak, some green beans and a tossed salad. ~Enjoy!
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Tomato Basil Tempura Style Shrimp
- 1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined, 26-30 Large
- 1 c. Ice Cold Water
- 1 large Egg
- 3/4 c. All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 ounce Package McCormick's Tomato Basil Salmon Recipe Seasoning Mix
- 1 c. Canola Oil, for frying
- In a medium sized bowl, add the cold water and egg.
- Whisk together then add the flour, baking soda and seasoning until well blended. Refrigerate until you are ready to fry.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees or when you add a drop of batter to the pan it makes a popping sound.
- Dry shrimp with paper towels, then dip the shrimp into the tempura batter. Discard any extra batter.
- Place the shrimp in pan and fry until golden brown; approximately 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.