Chinese Batter Fried Shrimp Recipe

  • Yield:

    15 appetizer servings

  • Total Time:

    25 mins

  • Prep Time:

    15 mins

  • Cook Time:

    10 mins


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • About 2-1/2 cups Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined (thawed


  1. Step 1) Combine flour and corn starch in a medium bowl. Gradually stir in 1/2 cup water and soy sauce until smooth. Stir in additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until batter is just thick enough to coat shrimp (about the consistency of very heavy cream).
  2. Step 2) Pour oil into 2-quart saucepan, filling no more than 1/3 full. Heat over medium heat to 350°F.
  3. Step 3) Stir 1 tablespoon of the hot oil into batter. Stir in baking powder.
  4. Step 4) Coat shrimp with batter. Carefully add shrimp, a few at a time to hot oil; fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.