As with all of the celebrations of food, National French Fried Shrimp Day is a delicious way to enjoy and appreciate tasty cuisine.
History of National French Fried Shrimp Day
Shrimp have been part of people’s diets for many centuries. Referred to as ‘squilla’ by Ancient Greeks and Romans, historical records show that these little crustaceans were extremely popular, but they didn’t deep fry them yet. It is believed by some that the Portuguese in the 16th century may have been the first cooks who started covering shrimp in batter and then deep frying them.
Sometimes referred to as battered shrimp or tempura shrimp, French Fried Shrimp tastes amazing! And, even though the deep fried part isn’t as healthy, the shrimp itself is rather low in calories and is a source of several vitamins and minerals as well as protein. Of course, when these types of shrimp are made at home, instead of deep frying them, they can be air fried which makes them a bit healthier.
It seems that the first National French Fried Shrimp Day was celebrated in the year 2000 and probably got its start in the United States, specifically in Salt Lake City, Utah. But, today, the love of the day has continued to grow and is now celebrated in many cities and towns all over the world!
How to Celebrate National French Fried Shrimp Day
National French Fried Shrimp Day offers a delicious variety of ways for celebration and enjoyment, including some of these ideas:
Eat Some French Fried Shrimp
Enjoy eating a big pile of this tasty food in honor of National French Fried Shrimp Day. Popcorn shrimp, Coconut shrimp, Southern fried shrimp, Tornado shrimp and Bang Bang shrimp are just a few of the different ways that shrimp can be prepared. Head over to a seafood restaurant and order up a plate of fried shrimp that can be paired with cocktail sauce, a side of roasted vegetables or some zucchini noodles.
Make French Fried Shrimp at Home
If a seafood restaurant isn’t nearby or you just don’t feel like going out, making dinner at home in honor of National French Fried Day is a fun way to spend the evening. Whether using an air fryer, a deep fryer, or simply frying a portion of shrimp in a pan filled with oil, celebrating this day is easy and tastes great too!
Host a National French Fried Shrimp Day Party
Gather a few friends, family members or coworkers together to enjoy a fun little party that is centered around French Fried Shrimp. When it comes to dipping the shrimp in batter, a variety of options can be used. In fact, it might even be fun to try a few different batter recipes and hold a taste test to see which one is best.
Some people like to use a batter made from cornstarch, others like to use panko breadcrumbs, while still others prefer a tempura version that is made from a simple batter mix of flour, egg and ice water. Try a few varieties and see which is best on National French Fried Shrimp Day!