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fried shrimps/prawns on a white ceramic plate and homemade yogurt dip in a bowl

Fried shrimps (prawns!)

You wouldn't believe how easy it is to cook these crispy golden fried shrimps or prawns that look and taste so amazing without any fancy ingredients!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Party food, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 2.2 pounds fresh shrimps or prawns or 1 kg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil or oil of your choice for frying
  • 1/2 tsp paprika or Kashmiri chili powder optional


  • Peel and devein the shrimps or prawns, leaving the last tail segment on. Marinate the shrimps with 1 tsp chili powder and 3/4 tsp salt for 10 minutes.
  • You will need 3 plates or wide, shallow bowls. Place the flour in the first bowl, eggs beaten with a dash of salt and pepper in the second and panko breadcrumbs in the third.
  • Take the remaining 1/2 tsp chili powder, mix half of it with the flour and the other half with the breadcrumbs. Do the same with paprika, if using. Add a few pinches of salt to the flour.
  • Coat each shrimp with the flour, quickly dip in egg, then coat with breadcrumbs.
  • Heat 1 inch of oil in a deep skillet and fry the shrimps on medium flame in batches until golden brown.
  • Serve with easy homemade yogurt sauce. (see note 4 for recipe)



  1. The preparation time does not include time required to peel and devein the prawns.
  2. The quantity specified is for fresh shrimps with shells.
  3. Optionally, paprika or "Kashmiri chili powder" can be added for the extra "wow" factor.
  4. Serve the fried shrimps with this easy homemade yogurt dip which makes it an excellent party appetizer.
Tips to make the best fried shrimps:
  • chili powder added to the flour and breadcrumbs make the prawns flavorful on the outside, too.
  • coat the shrimps completely in flour before dipping in egg.
  • dip the coated shrimps in egg quickly before the flour dissolves into the egg.
  • use panko breadcrumbs for extra crispy golden fried shrimps.
Keyword 30 minute recipe, easy shrimp recipe, fried prawns, fried shrimps