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SHRIMP WITH GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE

This easy shrimp recipe for Baked Batter “Fried” Shrimp with Garlic Dipping Sauce is a healthy version of Red Lobster’s Batter Fried Shrimp. You’re going to LOVE this homemade “fried” shrimp in which the shrimp are baked instead of fried. They taste amazing!

Instead, I have Bourbon Balls (btw, they’re SO GOOD!) to keep me occupied while staring at a stash of beads that I got at Mardi Gras many moons ago. Don’t worry, I didn’t flash a thing(s) to get them beads. But I did knock out the three girls in front of me, the ones that were flashing their “twins”, and I practically stole the beads that were meant for them…

SHRIMP WITH GARLIC Dipping SAUCE
SHRIMP WITH GARLIC Dipping SAUCE

This was somewhat of an excuse to use up a pound of shrimp. I always buy too much – I make Lemon Shrimp Spinach Spaghetti more often than I care to admit – but a little at-home-Red-Lobster seriously hit the spot.

These shrimp, coated in spicy batter with panko crumbs, become insanely delicious and super crunchy, you’ll want to make a meal out of ’em. Dip ’em in Garlic Sauce and you’ll want to marry ’em!

SHRIMP WITH GARLIC Dipping SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:
FOR THE SHRIMP:

  • 1/4- cup olive oil
  • 1 bag (12-ounces) Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • 1/2- cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt , divided
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • chopped fresh parsley , for garnish

FOR THE GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:
FOR THE SHRIMP:

  1. Preheat oven to 475F.
  2. Pour olive oil in a rimmed baking sheet/pan and spread around to cover the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour and 1 teaspoon salt; mix to combine.
  4. Pour the egg whites in a separate bowl and beat lightly.
  5. In a third bowl, combine panko crumbs, 1 teaspoon salt and cayenne pepper; mix until well incorporated.
  6. Roll shrimp in flour, one by one, shaking off excess.
  7. Dip in egg whites and then roll in bread crumbs.
  8. Transfer shrimp to previously prepared pan and evenly spray each shrimp with cooking spray.
  9. Bake for 7 minutes; turn over and continue to bake for 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven.
  11. Arrange on serving plate and garnish with fresh parsley.

FOR THE GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. When completely melted, remove from heat and let stand about 20 seconds.
  3. Pick up the saucepan and tilt it towards you; using a spoon, remove the foamy layer on top and discard foam.
  4. Whisk in garlic powder and salt.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Serve with the prepared shrimp.