Ms. Inez’s Fried Shrimp Sandwich – Vermilion Cafe

  • Yield : 7
  • Servings : 7
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 5m
  • Ready In : 25m
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Back in the day, when you were hungry after a night of fun dancing in Kaplan, you would head out to the Vermilion Cafe to replenish your energy for the next time. If you had the privilege of meeting Ms. Inez, you knew you did not want her giving you “the stare”. People could not help but love this woman and the great food she cooked. All you really wanted was the great food and the best shrimp sandwich or best fried shrimp dinner ever at the Vermilion cafe (or Ms. Inez would deal with you). Here is that favorite recipe of so many Kaplan-lites who had the privilege of enjoying the food at the Vermilion Cafe. What a great memory of this lady serving the best shrimp sandwiches ever. Thanks to her daughter for sharing this recipe.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • salt, red and black pepper
  • flour for dredging
  • 36 shrimp
  • oil for frying
  • mustard and mayonnaise
  • white sandwich bread
  • lettuce and tomatoes


Step 1

In a bowl, combine the eggs and milk to make an egg batter. In a separate bowl, combine and add to taste the salt, red pepper and black pepper. (Red Pepper is a better compliment to shrimp. Some cooks will season the shrimp prior to battering the shrimp.) Dust the shrimp in the flour, then dip into the egg batter and then dredge in the seasoned flour.

Step 2

Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven or use a Fry-Daddy; heat oil to 325º. Fry shrimp, in batches, 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown; drain on wire racks over paper towels.

Step 3

Toast two slices of bread per person, slather with mustard and mayonnaise on both sides of the bread. Place several pieces of shrimp inside along with sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves and/or shredded lettuce.

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