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The Secret To Better Fried Shrimp Is A Quick Smash With A Rolling Pin
Shrimp cooks quickly, and it is important to ensure it doesn't become rubbery and dry. This simple tenderizing method ensures a fast cooking time and a juicier result.
Smashing shrimp is as easy as it sounds. Simply place the peeled and deveined shrimp on a flat surface and tap with the rolling pin several times.
The goal is to flatten the shrimp slightly, not pound them into a paste. Hold the shrimp by its tail to prevent it from totally separating.
While smashing works wonders for speedy shallow or deep-fried shrimp, no amount of banging will prevent them from drying out if they're subjected to overcooking.