Masala Fried Shrimp


This tasty shrimp is brightly flavored and nicely spiced, with an appealing heat that lingers. Slideshow:  More Shrimp Recipes 

Masala Fried Shrimp
Photo: © Jonathan Lovekin
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving

  • 1 serrano chile, minced

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 scallions, chopped

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, serrano, garam masala, cayenne, turmeric, mustard powder and coriander. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until deeply golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until curled and white throughout, about 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions and cilantro. Transfer the shrimp to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Zesty, tropical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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