Perfect Fried Shrimp

Canola oil

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons chile hot sauce (such as Cholula)

2 pounds large peeled, deveined raw shrimp

3/4 cup (about 3 1/4 oz.) all-purpose flour

2/3 cup (about 2 7/8 oz.) cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For serving: lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, rémoulade (optional)

Step 1 :

Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a large deep skillet; heat over medium-high to 370°F.

While oil heats, whisk together eggs, milk, and hot sauce in a shallow dish; add shrimp to the mixture, and toss to coat.

Whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a separate shallow dish.

Step 2 :

Remove 6 to 8 shrimp from egg mixture, shaking excess off; dredge in flour mixture.

Place dredged shrimp in hot oil; fry until coating is golden and crisp, about 2 minutes.

Remove with a slotted spoon to a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

Repeat with remaining shrimp, bringing oil back to 370°F over medium-high heat before adding each batch of shrimp.