I make this dish all the time with soft shell crabs, but it is equally good with shrimp. For the crab version, I skip the salt rub and simply cut my crabs in half before dipping in the egg white. The sauce recipe came to me from my pal Vikram, who uses it all the time on all manners of fried seafood in his house in Bangalore. Whether you make this recipe with shrimp or soft shells, you’ll love it.


  • Shrimp
  • 2 lb shrimp
  • 3 tbsps kosher salt
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cups peanut oil
  • 12 scallions
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 5 dried red chiles
  • Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup shallots, thinly shaved
  • 1 cup red & green chiles, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsps Shaosing wine or dry sherry
  • 3 tbsps sugar
  • 2 tbsps ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced


1. Shrimp: Peel and butterfly shrimp, leaving tail attached. Toss with salt and let sit for 15 minutes. Press in a dry towel to remove moisture.Heat peanut oil to 375 over high heat in a wok. Dip shrimp in egg whites, then dredge in corn starch. Fry to crisp in 2 batches.Tip off the oil, leaving 2 T. behind, and increase the heat. When smoking, add the scallions, chiles, and shrimp. Toss to coat, adding the salt, pepper, and sugar as you rotate the food across the wok surface.
2. Sauce: For the sauce, merely combine all the ingredients. Toss and serve with the shrimp.


Chinese, Fish and Seafood, Seafood




Andrew Zimmern


4 servings




Asian : East Asian : Hunan




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