Don’t even think of eating this head-on shrimp fry with a fork, let your hands swing into action…

Yes, I am a die-hard fan of shrimp. If you are a constant visitor of my blog you might know this better than anyone else. May be because I grew up eating a hell a lot of shrimp, that too catch of the day shrimps. I love shrimp cooked any way, however my most favorite way of eating shrimp is by frying it. I want my shrimp fry to be spicy and aromatic, every bite should bring the word “yummm” out of my mouth. I usually fry the shrimp after removing its head and shell. But this time I wanted to try with the head and shell-on. I am glad that I tried it finally, as it tasted much tastier than the shelled ones.

I had a lot of fun not only frying the shrimp but also eating it using my both hands removing the shells and heads. Now that’s how you should eat shrimp. Do you think I thrashed the heads just like that from the fried shrimp? No way! I did thrash it but only after chewing it and sucking the juices from it, it was delicious. In fact, the head is the most flavorful part of the shrimp and by frying it you could enjoy the head as well.

Head-on Shrimp fry

Ingredients:

  • Head-on shrimp, cleaned and deveined, large- 12 no’s
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1tsp
  • Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp ( depending upon your spice level)
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1/2 tsp ( whole cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon ground together)
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig, add to the shrimp while frying
  • Oil- enough for frying

How to devein and clean head-on shrimp:

  • Wash the head-on shrimp thoroughly under running water.
  • Cut off the long whiskers and the sharp points on the head, pat dry it.
  • Using a sharp knife, make a slit over the shell and not over the head, where the vein is seen.
  • Remove the vein from it.
  • Try not to rip off the shell and the head.

Instruction:

  • Make a paste with the above mentioned ingredients except the curry leaves by adding little water to it.

  • Spread the paste over the shrimp and marinate it for 15 minutes or longer.

  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add enough oil for frying.
  • Add the curry leaves into the oil and fry the shrimp until it turns golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes.

  • Transfer the fried shrimp on a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil.
  • Serve immediately when it is still warm.

Tips:

  • Adjust the spice level according to your needs.
  • You could also marinate the shrimp overnight which will enhance the taste of the fried shrimp greatly.
  • Be careful while cleaning the head-on shrimp as its head has sharp points.

 

Head-on Shrimp Fry
 
Ingredients
  • Head-on shrimp, cleaned and deveined, large- 12 no’s
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1tsp
  • Chilly powder- 1½ tsp ( depending upon your spice level)
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp ( whole cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon ground together)
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig, add to the shrimp while frying
  • Oil- enough for frying
Instructions
How to devein and clean head-on shrimp
  1. Wash the head-on shrimp thoroughly under running water.
  2. Cut off the long whiskers and the sharp points on the head, pat dry it.
  3. Using a sharp knife, make a slit over the shell and not over the head, where the vein is seen.
  4. Remove the vein from it.
  5. Try not to rip off the shell and the head.
For Marinating And Frying
  1. Make a paste with the above mentioned ingredients except the curry leaves by adding little water to it.
  2. Spread the paste over the shrimp and marinate it for 15 minutes or longer.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add enough oil for frying.
  4. Add the curry leaves into the oil and fry the shrimp until it turns golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Transfer the fried shrimp on a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil.
  6. Serve immediately when it is still warm.
Notes
Adjust the spice level according to your needs.
You could also marinate the shrimp overnight which will enhance the taste of the fried shrimp greatly.
Be careful while cleaning the head-on shrimp as its head has sharp points.