Deep-Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp


Appetizers of deep-fried shrimp seasoned with just the right spices!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound large shrimp in shells, peeled and deveined

  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt (such as Diamond Crystal®)

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder

  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Cut off feathery legs and hard pointed area right above the tail of each shrimp. Rinse shrimp and dry thoroughly.

  2. Combine salt, pepper, and 5-spice powder in a small bowl.

  3. Heat oil in wok or a heavy pot over high heat until your deep fry thermometer reaches 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Cook shrimp, about 5 per batch, in the hot oil until shrimp are bright pink and cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Return oil temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) before each new batch.

  5. Discard the oil in the wok and heat wok over medium-high heat; add deep-fried shrimp and spice mix and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Cook's Note:

A special equipment need is a deep fryer thermometer.

Carefully pour your very hot cooking oil in to a heat-proof bowl to cool down before you discard.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

142 Calories
12g Fat
0g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.