Cajun fried shrimp
These crispy spiced shrimps are completely addictive. Fry up a batch and get the beer on ice for an informal dinner with friends. Sophie Godwin, cookery writer
SERVES 4 as an appetiser
PREP 10-20 mins (depending on if you are de-shelling your own prawns) COOK 20 mins EASY
500g extra-large raw king prawns (the biggest raw king prawns in the supermarket are often in the frozen section), defrost thoroughly, peel if needed, then pat dry with kitchen paper – if buying from a fishmonger, ask them to peel and de-vein them for you
1 tbsp hot & herby Cajun spice mix 284ml tub buttermilk
1 tsp mustard powder For the mayo
4 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp hot sauce 1 tsp Cajun seasoning squeeze of lime juice, then cut the rest into wedges to serve oil, for frying
1 Stir all the ingredients for the mayo together, adding lime juice to taste. Set aside.
2 Coat the prawns in 1/2 tbsp Cajun spice mix. Decant the buttermilk into a bowl and give it a good stir to loosen slightly. In another bowl, mix the polenta, cornflour, mustard powder and remaining Cajun spice mix together.
3 Fill a deep frying pan 2 inches full with oil. Heat to 180C on a cooking thermometer, or until a piece of bread browns in 20 seconds when it is dropped in the oil. Dip each seasoned prawn briefly in the buttermilk then coat in the flour mixture. Fry the prawns for
1-2 mins on each side until golden brown and curled. Drain on kitchen paper, then serve with the mayo and lime wedges for squeezing over.
PER SERVING 629 kcals • fat 37g • saturates 3g • carbs 44g • sugars 4g • fibre 1g • protein 28g • salt 1.0g