Why is fried shrimp so good? Seriously tho. Why is fried shrimp so good?? I don’t have it often, but every time I do, I wonder why I don’t eat it all the time (until I think about my thighs and remember exactly why…). While beer battered shrimp isn’t the healthiest thing to eat, it’s a great way to indulge. I love this recipe because the batter is so light and so crispy…it’s perfection. The quick pickled watermelon radish add a nice balance to the overall roll and only require a few ingredients. If you’re not into radishes, you can swap them out for thinly sliced red onions, for quick pickled red onions which are also really good in this roll!
I don’t think I’ve ever met a person that doesn’t like fried shrimp, especially beer battered fried shrimp, but if you know someone that doesn’t, you should make them this beer battered shrimp roll and try to change their mind; or screw them and just make a bunch for yourself! Either way, someone should have one. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
Beer Battered Shrimp Rolls with Quick Pickled Watermelon Radish
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons diced dill pickle
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
salt and pepper to taste
quick pickled watermelon radish:
1/2 cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced (paper thin)
20 large shrimp peeled and deveined with tails still intact
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
1 (12 ounce) bottle beer or choice
1/2 cup tapioca or cornstarch
oil for frying
4 toasted and buttered brioche rolls
1. Preheat oil to 350˚F.
2. For lemon-relish spread: Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Set aside until ready to use.
3. For quick pickled watermelon radish: Place vinegar, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl and stir together until sugar and salt dissolves. Add watermelon radish and stir together until completely submerged. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.
4. For beer battered shrimp: Line a large baking sheet with paper towels and top with a single layer of shrimp. Place a sheet of paper towel over the shrimp and gently press to absorb as much liquid as possible. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
5. Whisk together everything except for the beer. When ready to fry, stir in the beer until just incorporated and no dry spots remain.
6. Dip each shrimp into the cornstarch and shake off any excess. Then dip each into the beer batter, shaking off any excess (you want to make sure to have a very thin layer of batter fully encasing each dipped ingredient).
7. Carefully drop each battered shrimp into the oil, in batches (make sure not to over-crowd the pot/fryer which will make the oil temp drop, causing the food to become soggy and not crisp) and fry for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain onto paper towels for 30 seconds before transferring to a baking sheet, lined with a cooling rack. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat until all of the shrimp have been fried.
8. To assemble: Slather spread into each of the toasted and buttered brioche rolls and stuff with shrimp, watermelon radish pickles, and top with sliced chives. Serve with lemon wedges.