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Ebi Fry is a Japanese fried shrimp that's coated in a ultra-crisp layer of panko breakcrumbs.

Ebi Fry (Panko Shrimp)

With ultra-crispy panko surrounding plump juicy shrimp, I've developed several techniques for making the best Ebi Fry (エビフライ) or Japanese fried shrimp that I'm going to show you in this recipe.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword deep-fried, shrimp
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Shellfish
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Pescatarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 361kcal


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 40 grams all-purpose flour (~1/3 US cup)
  • 400 grams shrimp (I used 13/15 sized black tiger)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups panko


  • To make the batter, crack the egg into a bowl and add the water. Whisk until uniform in color.
    Whisking egg and water together in a glass bowl to make batter for ebi fry.
  • Add the flour and whisk until smooth and free of lumps. Let the batter rest while you prepare the shrimp.
    Whisking batter for Japanese Fried Shrimp
  • See the instructions in the headnotes for cleaning and preparing the shrimp.
  • Preheat a heavy-bottomed pot with two inches of oil to 340 F (170C). Prepare a cooling rack lined with 3 sheets of paper towels.
  • Dip the shrimp in the batter, let the excess batter drip off.
    Battering shrimp for Ebi Fry.
  • Set the shrimp onto the bed of panko. Cover the top of the shrimp with more panko and then give it a light press to make sure the breadcrumbs stick to the shrimp. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
    Pressing panko onto shrimp with hands.
  • Fry the shrimp without overcrowding the oil until they are golden brown. Flip them over part of the way through to ensure they brown evenly. This took about three minutes for my shrimp, but it may take more or less time depending on your shrimp's size.
    Frying Panko Shrimp in oil.
  • Drain the shrimp on the prepared rack and let it cool for one minute before serving.
    Ebi Fry or Panko fried shrimp draining on paper towels after being fried.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 391mg | Sodium: 1727mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 6mg