I admit it – I love fried food. Crispy, crunchy chicken, shrimp, onion rings, you name it. Batter it and fry it and I’ll devour it. But alas, once we adopted the paleo diet, these foods went straight out the window.
As with most things, once you go without for a while, you lose the taste for them. It’s not often these days that I have an overwhelming urge for something crispy and fried, but when the thought pops into my head, I figure I might as well give it a try.
And this is how we ended up with fried shrimp tacos one night. I had leftover AIP tortillas, I had the makings for pineapple mango salsa and so off to the fryer I went. And by fryer I mean my dutch oven.
I have to be honest with you: these shrimp are really good. If you like fried foods and haven’t had them in a while, this recipe will scratch that itch, BUT it is a labor of love. No, it’s not difficult and no, it doesn’t take a long time, but it is kind of a mess. Actually, it can be a big mess. If you have a deep sided pot, definitely use that. If you have a splatter screen, definitely use that.
Whenever I fry foods, I end up with grease splatters all over the stove, the microwave above and the floor below. Everyone is so thrilled to eat these treats that I put up with it, but only on occasion. I love my peeps, but I have my limits!
I’ve made a paleo and an AIP version of the tempura batter. Both are really good. Use whichever you prefer or need.