Saturday, October 16, 2010

Buffalo Shrimp

When we were on vacation a few weeks ago in Myrtle Beach, at one of the restaurants we ate buffalo shrimp, which we had never seen before.  But it was soo yummy! It seemed easy enough that we could even make it at home.

So after searching online for the perfect recipe we decided to go for it.  We definitely wanted to make our own sauce instead of buying one in a bottle.  All the reviews said we had to use Frank's Red Hot sauce.  It turned out great!

The buffalo sauce was Frank's Red Hot sauce, melted butter, cayenne pepper, minced garlic.  You melt the butter and mix it all together. Easy as pie!

For the shrimp we used frozen pre-cooked shrimp from the grocery store.  Fresh would been better but I don't think it took away from the taste or the process at all.  But we made a nice breading from flour, cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and a couple of seasonings and put it in a large ziploc bag.  

Once the shrimp are thawed, dip them in an egg wash and throw them in the bag with the coating and shake it up, baby! Then we put the coated shrimp on a baking sheet and stuck it in the fridge for 15 minutes.  After that the shrimp went back in the bag to shake on a second coating.

In a frying pan we poured some vegetable oil and heated it up.  Once it was hot we put the shrimp in, small batches, and let them sizzle for about a minute on each side until the coating was crispy.  

The smell of the shrimp was awesome! The cajun seasoning really came through. Then we tossed the fried shrimp in the buffalo sauce and served it with a bowl of blue cheese dressing topped with gorgonzola cheese crumbles and also a handful of chopped celery.

Everything turned put amazing!! The sauce definitely had a good kick to it without the heat being overwhelming; very tangy and spicy.  The shrimp were crispy and flavorful. The blue cheese was pungent and tart with a great cooling effect from the heat. We were so sad when we ran out of shrimp and still had more tasty sauce leftover! Can't wait to make it again!

Here are more details for this recipe...

Buffalo Shrimp                                  

2 cups all purpose flour , 2 TBS creole or cajun seasoning, 1 TBS garlic powder,1 TBS cayenne pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp black pepper,  1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined (can use raw or cooked),2 eggs,Oil for frying (veggie oil is fine),
Buffalo sauce: 4 cloves garlic, minced;  2 1/2 TBS butter, melted;   6 oz Frank's hot sauce;  1 tsp cayenne pepper

1.  In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, creole seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and black pepper.  Seal bag and shake to combine.
2.  Whisk the eggs gently. Take each shrimp and dip into egg wash then place in plastic bag of flour mixture.
3.  Once all shrimp are in the bag, seal and shake to coat well.
4.  Place coated shrimp on baking sheet and place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.  Save remaining flour mixture in bag.
5.  In mixing bowl, whisk together garlic, melted butter, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper.  Set aside.

6.  If you want to deep fry, pour 2-4 cups of oil in large pot and heat to 375 degrees F.  If you want to pan fry, pour enough oil in pan to cover the shrimp and preheat until it starts to bubble slightly.
7. Remove shrimp from refrigerator and shake a second time in flour mixture bag.
8. Place shrimp in hot oil and fry until pink, about 2-3 minutes.  If you're using already cooked shrimp, reduce frying time to about 1 minute or until coating is slightly crispy and golden.
9. If desired, place shrimp on paper towels to drain some of the oil.  Then immediately coat with buffalo sauce.
10. Serve with chopped celery and blue cheese dressing, topped with blue cheese crumbles.

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