Masala Fried Shrimp

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

This tasty shrimp is brightly flavored and nicely spiced, with an appealing heat that lingers.


  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • kosher salt
  • 0.5 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 0.25 tsp ground coriander
  • 0.25 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 0.25 tsp ground turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 serrano chile, minced
  • 0.25 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.

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Recipe Credit: Suvir Saran
Image Credit: Jonathan Lovekin