• Firecracker Shrimp with Blue Cheese Dressing

    Read more...

Spicy. Buttery. Crispy.

By Andrew Zimmern

There is no better couch chow than these firecracker shrimp for March Madness. Be sure to use Crystal brand hot sauce. It’s the best supermarket bottled brand around; it’s perfectly balanced between heat, vinegary tartness and peppery flavor. Plus, it’s available everywhere. If for some reason you can’t find it, make this recipe without it and use your favorite hot sauce instead. Then go online and buy some for your next batch.

Firecracker Shrimp with Blue Cheese Dressing

  • Servings: 6
  • Total: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 pound Maytag blue cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Shrimp

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1  3/4 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp, tails intact
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup Crystal hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Celery sticks, for serving

Instructions

Make the Blue Cheese Dressing

In a food processor, combine everything except the salt and pepper and puree until nearly smooth. Scrape into a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper.

For the Shrimp

In a large bowl, beat the egg with the buttermilk. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a large saucepan, heat 1  1/2 inches of vegetable oil to 375°. Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Spread the cornstarch in a shallow bowl. In three batches, remove the shrimp from the buttermilk mixture, allowing the excess to drip off, and dredge in the cornstarch. Add the shrimp to the hot oil and fry over high heat, turning occasionally, until golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to the baking sheet and season with salt.

In a large bowl, whisk the hot sauce with the melted butter. Add the fried shrimp and toss well. Transfer to a serving platter and serve right away with the blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Originally published in Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures on foodandwine.com.
Photograph by Madeleine Hill.

Kung Pao Chicken Wings
Fried Walleye with Homemade Tartar Sauce
Skewered Shrimp & Ham with Apple Jelly

Like this recipe? You may also enjoy:

Recipe Finder

Related Recipes

Cuisines

Main Ingredients

Occasions

Seasons

Back to Recipes Page