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4.84 from 6 votes

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings


  • 2 pounds large shrimp head-on and shell-on
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • oil for deep-frying
  • 2 jalapenos cut into thin slices
  • 2 green onions ends trimmed and chopped


  • Trim tendrils off shrimp and rinse under cold running water. In a bowl, combine shrimp and garlic salt. Marinate for about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain shrimp and pat dry.
  • In a bowl, combine cornstarch, flour, pepper and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Dredge shrimp in cornstarch mixture until coated.
  • In a wide, deep pan over medium heat, heat about 2-inches oil to about 350 F. Add shrimps in batches and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and color changes. Remove from pan and drain on a colander. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the frying oil.
  • In a wide skillet over high heat, add the 2 tablespoons reserved oil and heat until smoking hot. Add remaining jalapenos, green onions and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring regularly, for about 30 seconds. Add deep-fried shrimps and toss for about 30-40 seconds. Serve hot.