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Chinese Style Deep Fried Salty Shrimp

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Chinese Style Deep Fried Salty Shrimp is a simple recipe of lightly dusted shrimps which is quickly deep fried before it is tossed in a hot and umami filled herbs and aromatics.


Units Scale
  • 16 pcs whole jumbo shell-on head-on shrimps
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalk spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups oil, for deep frying


  1. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in wok then sauté garlic and spring onions in low heat until browned.
  2. Bring heat to medium, add the red chilli flakes and Sichuan peppercorn then continue to cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic.
  3. Remove everything from the wok and place it in a large heatproof bowl.
  4. Using the same wok, fill it with oil for deep frying.
  5. While oil is heating, combine egg and cornstarch together. Add the shrimp then toss to coat.
  6. Deep fry shrimps in small batches for 3-4 minutes or until cooked and crispy. Remove from wok, drain then place in a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  7. Add the shrimps in the bowl with browned aromatics, toss then season with five-spice powder, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Serve while hot.