The best Asian Shrimp recipes for Chinese New Year 2023. From Chinese to Thai, Vietnamese and Korean, these smiling seafood dishes will usher in a happy Year of the Rabbit!
Why Cook Shrimp
- Shrimp cooks really fast: it's a great ingredient for a quick weeknight dinner meal!
- Healthy: it's high in protein and low in fat. It's also easy to turn it into a complete meal by throwing in some snow peas, red peppers, bok Choy or broccoli!
- Versatile: as the flavor is quite mild, shrimp goes well with anything from chili garlic sauce to coconut milk or Korean Gochujang! For example, this Thai glass noodle salad uses abalone, but you can add or substitute with prawns instead!
Note: Shrimp (Xia in Chinese) is a symbol for laughter (Xiao) in Chinese culture as the 2 sound similar so you often see a shrimp stir fry recipe on the Lunar New Year table, along with abalone (for prosperity) and whole chicken (for togetherness) recipes.
Shrimp Lo Mein is a take-out classic made in 15 minutes, and always a crowd pleaser with its succulent shrimp. Perfect for those who don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen!
Dried Shrimp Rice with Pumpkin
A Dim Sum classic that is super easy to recreate at home, this prawn toast is covered in sesame seeds and can be on the table in 20 minutes! Serve with some Green Scallion Pancakes for a complete feast!
Tip: if you know how to make these, you can make 2 of the other Asian shrimp recipes on this list, Menbosha and Vietnamese Juicy Shrimp sticks, as the recipes all require making shrimp paste! (Don't forget to let them drain on a paper towel to remove the excess oil.)
This Kung Pao Shrimp shrimp recipe will delight your taste buds and is cooked in 20 minutes- quicker than getting Chinese takeout!
The "devil" in the recipe name refers to the fact that this is a spicy seafood dish, but you can adjust the sugar and spice in the yummy sauce to your taste. With tomatoes, onions and peppers, this is a delicious recipe that'll having you finishing all the rice in your bowl!
As you can see, there are a lot of Chinese prawn recipes, but shrimps are a common ingredient in Asian cuisine, such as Korean and Japanese.
This Korean prawns recipe is crunchy from the cornstarch coating and sweet and spicy from the honey Gochujang sauce. Done in under 30 minutes, you can also bulk it up with bell peppers or carrots. If you don't have Gochujang seasoning, click through for 1 of the alternative sauces that you can use.
Popularised by Seoul celebrity chef Lee Yeon Bok, this Korean-Chinese prawn toast is crisp yet soft and juicy. (They're fluffier than the original Chinese sesame toast they were inspired by.)
Apparently, there's quite a queue to get into his restaurant, so why not skip the wait by making your own and impress your friends? Serve it with some of these easy Korean banchan sides!
This Nyonya recipe uses simple ingredients, such as brown sugar, tamarind and dark soy sauce to create a mouthwatering glaze. You can use the same sticky Asian sauce for fish too! (Tamarind is used in a lot of South East Asian recipes, such as this coconut fish curry and these Peranakan noodles.)
Shrimp lovers would really enjoy this noodle dish, as you not only served it with poached prawns, but the sauce is also made from dried shrimps (hei bi!) So lots of briny, prawn-y flavor here.
Note: if you don't like soupy noodles, there's also a stir-fried version of this Singapore noodles here.
Tips and tricks from a Japanese person on how to get that light and crispy tempura batter. You don't have to limit yourself to prawns- abalone and vegetables work too!
Note: If you feel guilty about the deep-frying, follow it with a low-calorie yuzu jelly dessert!
Tom Rim prawns are caramelised in a thick, sweet and salty sauce. Traditionally, the shells are left on so use large shrimp to make it less of a pain. (Small ones mean a lot of work for very little meat!)
Alternatively, you can remove the shells before cooking too. If you do, save them to make shrimp congee or shrimp broth!
Goes perfectly with a bowl of white rice or pandan rice!
Chao Tom is 1 of my favorite Vietnamese recipes.
Prawns are mixed to form a bouncy paste and then wrapped around sugar cane sticks or lemongrass and fried to create the ultimate starter. Follow them with these baked-but-as-crispy-as-fried-wings that are coated in a fingerlicking fish sauce and brown sugar glaze and this pandan latte!
This Mangalorean prawn recipe has tamarind for tang and fresh curry leaves to add a complex, earthy flavor. Easy and spicy, it goes with anything from Asian breads such as chapati or brown rice and cauliflower rice!
This Indian appetizer can be made in the oven, stove or air-fryer in 15 minutes!
Spicy Fried Rice with Thai Basil
Did you know this is the National Dish of Thailand? (Usually without the butter though!) The sauce is a bit tangy, a bit savory and a bit spicy, the way Thai people like their food.
Note: Don't forget to serve with some red pepper flakes, sugar, fish sauce and peanuts on the side though, the way they do it in Thailand! (My father lived there for over 20 years so eaten maaaaaany Pad Thais.)
With lots of vegetables such as fresh ginger and radish, this Filipino soup is light, refreshing and easy to make!
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