An easy, crispy Mardi Gras shrimp

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An easy, crispy Mardi Gras shrimp

Crispy, golden shrimp are served a sweet-and-spicy sauce made with hot pepper sauce, mayonnaise and honey, all spiked with a Cajun seasoning blend.

An easy, crispy Mardi Gras shrimp

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Crispy, golden shrimp are served a sweet-and-spicy sauce made with hot pepper sauce, mayonnaise and honey, all spiked with a Cajun seasoning blend.
Crispy Shrimp in Spicy Cajun Sauce

Start to finish: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
¼ cup honey
3 to 4 teaspoons hot sauce, to taste
3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning blend, or to taste
3 teaspoons salt, divided
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
4 large eggs
1½ cups quick-mixing flour, such as Wondra
1 cup cornstarch
1½ teaspoons ground black pepper
2 pounds large-sized raw shrimp, shells and tails removed
3 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
To make the sauce, in a large bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, hot sauce, Cajun seasoning and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Set aside.
In a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy skillet over medium, heat ¾ inch of oil to 350 F.
Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs. In a second shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt and the black pepper. Working in batches, dip the shrimp first into the beaten eggs, then in the flour mixture to coat well.
Fry the shrimp in the oil until golden, about 1 minute per side, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain the oil temperature. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried shrimp to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with the sauce for dipping.

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