Fried Shrimp With Tartar Slaw

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“We turned these into shrimp poboys using French rolls and putting the slaw right inside the sandwich. Perfect! Source: Food Network Magazine.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 14 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 lemon, juice of, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 8 cups coleslaw mix or 8 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 12 sleeves saltines (about 60 crackers)
  • 1 12 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 large eggs
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Make the slaw: Mix the mayonnaise, relish and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the coleslaw mix and scallions; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water and 1 tablespoon salt. Butterfly the shrimp: Make a deep cut down the back of each shrimp so it can be splayed open. Soak in the ice water, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the saltines in a large resealable plastic bag and finely crush with a rolling pin; transfer to a bowl. Mix the flour and Old Bay Seasoning in another bowl. Lightly beat the eggs in a third bowl. Dredge the shrimp in the seasoned flour, dip in the eggs and press into the crushed crackers, splaying each one open to coat inside the incision. Transfer to a plate, cover and refrigerate until ready to fry.
  4. Heat 3/4 inch vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Fry the shrimp in batches, turning once, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Serve with lemon wedges and the slaw.

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