Butterfly Shrimp Delight


Embark on a culinary journey with the Butterfly Shrimp Delight, where succulent shrimp are artfully butterflied and fried to golden perfection. This dish, celebrated for its crispy exterior and tender, flavorful interior, is a testament to the simple yet exquisite pleasures of seafood. Ideal for a fancy dinner or as an appetizer, these shrimps promise to be the star of any dining table.

Butterfly Shrimp Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 5 butterfly shrimp per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 280 kcal
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 180 mg
  • Sodium: 340 mg


  • Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined: 20 pieces (500 g / 1.1 lb)
  • All-purpose Flour: 60 g (2.1 oz)
  • Eggs, beaten: 2
  • Panko Bread Crumbs: 120 g (4.2 oz)
  • Salt: 5 g (0.2 oz)
  • Black Pepper: 2 g (0.07 oz)
  • Paprika: 5 g (0.2 oz)
  • Garlic Powder: 5 g (0.2 oz)
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Butterfly the shrimp by slicing along the back, not cutting all the way through.
  2. Mix salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder, and season the shrimp.
  3. Dredge each shrimp in flour, dip in beaten eggs, and coat with panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Fry the shrimp in batches until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side.
  6. Drain on paper towels.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the oil is hot enough for frying to prevent the shrimp from absorbing too much oil.
  • For an extra crunch, double coat the shrimp with flour and breadcrumbs.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs.

Can I bake these instead of frying?

Absolutely, bake at 200°C (400°F) for about 10-12 minutes until golden.

What dipping sauces pair well?

Tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, or a spicy mayo work great.