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3 Steps to Make The BEST Beer Battered Shrimp Recipe

Beer battered shrimp are perfectly seasoned and utterly addicting! The light and airy batter provide a special type of crispy coating that only beer batter can deliver!  This is the BEST shrimp recipe you will ever try!

The beer battered shrimp recipe is made with only 5 ingredients and 3 steps which makes this the perfect appetizer for game night or the 4th of July! There is something in the beer batter that makes the shrimp super crispy and so yummy. 

I use a light beer because I don’t want the robust flavor to take over, but I love how it breaks down the gluten in the flour giving it an airy crispness. Don’t get me wrong I love breaded shrimp as much as the next person but there’s something extra special about a crispy batter finished off with a squirt of lemon! 

beer battered shrimp recipe ingredients

Only 5 Ingredients Needed

  • Extra large shrimp – Raw, deveined, and peels and tails off. You can use frozen, just be sure to thaw them first.
  • Light beer – Anything from Budweiser to Pilsner, to an IPA, or Miller Light will all work.
  • Flour – The foundation of the beer batter for shrimp. All-purpose is a great choice as its mild in flavor and adds great texture.
  • Salt & pepper – Salt and pepper seasoning is all this batter really needs. I will mention a few variations below if you’re looking for some extra flavor!
  • Oil – You’ll need an oil with a high smoke point for frying.

making beer batter in a bowl.

How to Make Beer Battered Shrimp in Just 3 Steps!

Step 1: First, you want to make sure to start off with dry shrimp. Any extra moisture will not help the batter stick! Pat them all dry with a paper towel.beer batter and shrimp

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, beer, salt, and pepper. It will begin to foam up.

beer batter and shrimp frying in hot oil.


Step 3: Pour oil into a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, dip each shrimp into the batter and place them into the hot oil. Fry until they’re golden then remove them to a paper-towel-lined plate. Enjoy the crispiest shrimp!

Beer Battered Shrimp

Recipe Tips

  • Work quickly. To avoid your batter going flat, use it as soon as you can!
  • Work in batches. You don’t want to overcrowd the shrimp in the pan. Make sure to leave enough room between each one so that when the batter expands it doesn’t clump together with the shrimp next to it.
  • Tail on or off. I like to take the tails off, but you can choose to leave them on if you want. Some people find it easier to lift when they’re left on.
  • Keep your batter thin enough. In order to keep the coating light and crispy, you don’t want your batter to be too heavy, dense, or dry. It should be thin and runny enough that when you lift the shrimp out of the batter, it drips off nicely.

Fun Seasoning Variations

Best Oil for Frying

When considering the oil you’re going to be using, you want to consider those with a high smoke point.

I like to use avocado oil and usually I fry my food in a smaller skillet or pan. 


Why is My Shrimp Soggy?

This usually happens when the oil is not hot enough! The reason for that is, the cooler the oil is, the longer it takes for the batter to cook. While this is happening, the batter has a longer chance to absorb the oil.

So, make sure the oil is hot before you drop in your battered shrimp!


How Do I Know When My Oil is Hot Enough?

It should be at around 350 degrees F. The most accurate way of testing is to use a thermometer. If you don’t have one, just drop a bit of batter in there. If it sizzles up nicely, it’s ready!


What to Serve with Beer Battered Shrimp

As an appetizer, I always like to serve them with lemon wedges so people can add a bit of citrus juice if they like.

Some of our favorite dips are shrimp cocktail sauce, sweet chili sauce, marinara sauce, tartar sauce, or even a spicy mayo!

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Beer Battered Shrimp

Crispy Beer Battered Shrimp Recipe

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There is something in the beer batter that makes the shrimp super crispy and so yummy. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 252 kcal


  • 24 oz. raw shrimp wild-caught shrimp, jumbo size, deveined, peeled & tail off
  • 1 cup light beer
  • 1 cup flour
  • salt & pepper to taste I use about 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Oil for frying


  • In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of beer. Season with salt and pepper.
    making beer batter in a bowl.
  • Using a sauce pan pour enough oil to submerge your shrimps. Heat the oil on medium heat until oil is hot.
    beer batter and shrimp
  • Dip shrimp in the batter and add it to the hot oil, fry until golden color, remove from the pan onto a plate with a paper towel. Enjoy the crispiest shrimp!
    beer batter and shrimp frying in hot oil.



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Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 27gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 966mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 306IUCalcium: 99mgIron: 2mg
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This Recipe Post was updated on March 14, 2022, the recipe is still the same and delicious, originally posted on April 30, 2018 


  1. What sauce did you use for dipping?

  2. The shrimp look really appetizing. What is the sauce they’re accompanied with? It looks tasty as well. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Thank you so much, these shrimps are appetizing! I served it with what I had in my fridge which was sweet chili sauce, but I would highly recommend the shrimp cocktail sauce.

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