Deep-Fry Fridays: Firecraker Shrimp Recipe

I love deep-fried shrimp so when I find a new recipe for deep-fried shrimp I get pretty excited. Steamy Kitchen’s firecracker shrimp are all the good things about deep-fried shrimp: sweet, succulent shrimp, crunchy outsides, handheld and dipp-able.

Steamy Kitchen’s recipe is super-simple, but I was feeling pretty low-key, so I basically marinated my shrimp in my homemade sweet chili sauce, which I used as a dipping sauce too. These shrimp are so fast to make, that when you finish inhaling them, you just might want to make another batch!

Firecracker Shrimp Recipe adapted from

8 large-tail on shrimp, shelled and deveined*
4 spring roll wrappers cut in half diagonally (2 triangles)

1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water

sweet chili sauce for dipping

Combine the shrimp, sweet chili sauce and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and marinate for 20 minutes. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel then wrap the shrimp in half of a spring roll wrapper. Seal with the cornstarch-water paste. Fry in 375˚ oil for about 3 minutes, until golden brown and the shrimp is cooked through. Drain on paper towels and enjoy with sweet chili sauce for dipping!

* To ensure you get nice straight firecracker shrimp, score the shrimp about three times along the inside (bottom part) of the shrimp, so the shrimp straighten out.

5 Comments add yours

  1. That’s a clever way to make sure shrimp stay straight. I never thought of that.

  2. This looks yummy.

    i’ve been inspired by your site to cook recipes from my cookbooks. i have so many cookbooks on my shelves and i really only cook one recipe from them.

    as well… your site even got me spending money on another cookbook… momofuku.

  3. These are really good. I doubled the batch and yes, we inhaled them. Thanks

  4. Super clever and easy recipe. Thanks Lisa.

  5. hi there
    i’m doing this crackers for a long time but i add a piece of cheese (gruyere) and a stick of chorizo inside the cracker finishing with sesame seeds , amazing flavor !!! thanks a lot for the blog , kisses from France.

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