- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 5 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
- 2 cups plain bread crumbs
- 1 pound small shrimp (100 count per pound), peeled
- 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
- Lemon wedges, for garnish
In a medium-sized, non-reactive bowl, combine the eggs, heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons of the Essence. Whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl, blend the bread crumbs with the remaining 3 teaspoons of the Essence.
Set a 1-gallon stockpot over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil, and preheat the oil to 360 degrees F.
Add the shrimp to the egg mixture and allow it to marinate for 5 minutes. To bread the shrimp, take about 1/3 or 1/4 of the shrimp, allowing excess liquid to dran then place in the bread crumb mixture. Toss well to evenly coat the shrimp, and use a coarse sieve to sift the excess bread crumbs off into another clean bowl. Repeat the process with the remaining shrimp and breading.
Place the breaded shrimp in the hot oil in batches, and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-lined sheet pan. Serve the shrimp hot and garnish with lemon wedges.