Fried shrimp may please your palate, but they're not the healthiest item on the menu. Plain shrimp are naturally very lean and low in calories. As soon as you batter them up and place them in hot oil though, you're adding a lot of calories, saturated fat and cholesterol to your plate.
Depending on the exact recipe of the fried shrimp, calories can vary from around 205 calories per 3-ounce cooked serving to more than 260 calories for the same size serving. The greatest amount of calories -- 45 to 55 percent -- comes from fat. Protein accounts for 10 to nearly 35 percent of calories, while carbs make up around 20 to 35 percent of calories.
Amount of Sodium
You should limit yourself to no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, advises the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. A 3-ounce serving of fried shrimp takes up as much as 50 percent of your sodium allowance for the day, since some recipes contain over 1,150 milligrams.
Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
Fried shrimp are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. No more than 10 percent of your calories should come from saturated fat -- 22 grams for a 2,000-calorie diet -- and you shouldn't have more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily. Your 3-ounce serving of fried shrimp provides 1.75 to 3.25 grams of saturated fat, in addition to 50 to 120 milligrams of cholesterol.
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Crustaceans, Shrimp, Mixed Species, Cooked, Breaded and Fried
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Fast Foods, Shrimp, Breaded and Fried
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Restaurant, Family Style, Shrimp, Breaded and Fried
- U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010