Shrimp Parmigiana
Gamberi alla Parmigiana

serves: Serves 4 to 6

Breaded shrimp is universal, but shrimp parmigiana is distinctly Italian American. I first encountered this dish when we opened Buonavia, our first restaurant, in 1971, and Chef Dino put it on the menu. Shrimp parmigiana was a regular weekly special; people loved it, and it is still a delicious dish today.

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups bread crumbs
kosher salt
1½ pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 cups shredded low-moisture mozzarella
½ cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano
3 cups marinara sauce (see recipe online)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the flour on a plate, beat the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl, and spread the bread crumbs on a plate. Season all three with kosher salt.

Working a few at a time, dredge the shrimp in the flour, then the eggs and then the bread crumbs. Put the breaded shrimp on a baking sheet.

Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a straight-sided skillet until the tip of a shrimp sizzles on contact. Fry the shrimp in batches, taking care not to crowd them, until golden on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Drain the shrimp on paper towels, and season with salt.

Mix together the mozzarella and grated Grana Padano in a bowl. Spread 1 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of a 10-by-15 inch Pyrex baking dish. Arrange all the shrimp in one layer, and drizzle with 1 ½ cups sauce. Sprinkle with the cheese mixture, and spoon dollops of the remaining ½ cup sauce on top. Place in the oven, and bake until cheese is browned and crusty and sauce is bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes.