To make these super-tasty and summer-y fritters, juicy shrimp are poached in lemon water and then coated in a batter made with rice flour before being deep fried to golden brown perfection. The rice flour ensures an ultra-crisp coating with a side benefit of making this dish naturally gluten-free

Martha Stewart Living, June 2021


Credit: Johnny Miller

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30 mins
50 mins
Serves 4 to 6


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  • Grate 1 teaspoon zest from lemon, then cut in half. Place both halves and 4 cups water in a saucepan; bring to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add shrimp; return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until just cooked through, about 1 minute. Drain; let cool 15 minutes. Peel and cut into a 1/4-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups).

  • Heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and lemon zest. Whisk seltzer and egg into dry ingredients. (Batter should have the consistency of thick honey. If too thick, add more seltzer; if too thin, add 1 tablespoon rice flour.) Stir in shrimp.

  • Working in batches, and using two tablespoons (one to scoop, one to scrape), drop batter in oil. Fry, turning occasionally, until cooked through and golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to keep oil between 340° and 350°. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet; sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately with tartar sauce and lemon wedges and zest.

Cook's Notes

Test-fry one fritter first: It should sink to the bottom and spread out a bit. If it breaks into little pieces, add more rice flour to the batter, a tablespoon at a time.