Firecracker Shrimp


February 13, 2015

Author: KatieChin

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Gung Hay Fat Choy!!! Chinese New Year is on February 19th! Welcome to the Year of the Sheep. I wanted to re-post this delicious Firecracker Shrimp recipe that I love to serve on Chinese New Year because firecrackers light up the sky on Chinese New Year and signify good luck on the coming year. These are easy to make and are sure to light up your Chinese New Year celebration. They’re served with a popping Srircha Mayo which is completely addicting. You can make your own but I like to save time by buying premium srircha mayo in the gourmet section at World Market.


12 large shrimp, in the shell

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, divided

4 sheets spring roll wrappers

24 carrot strips (3x 1/4inch)

1 egg, beaten

Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

3 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying


  • Removing the shells and leaving the tail intact, make a deep cut lengthwise down the back of each shrimp; wash out the sand vein. Place warm water in a bowl and add the salt; stir to dissolve. Place the shrimp in the salt water and swirl. Leave the shrimp in the salt water for 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water, drain, and pat dry on paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt.
  • Cut each spring roll wrapper into thirds, making 3 long narrow strips.
  • Place the carrot strips in a small bowl, sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon
    garlic salt, and set aside.
  • Brush the egg at the top of the shrimp. Place 2 carrot strips in the slit of each shrimp. Brush each spring roll strip with egg and roll each shrimp up tightly in the spring roll strip, with the egg holding it together. The tail of the shrimp should be protruding from one end and the carrots from the other – to resemble a firecracker! Continue process until all the wrappers are folded with the shrimp and carrots.
  • To make the dipping sauce, in a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and Srircha
    sauce. Set aside.
  • In a wok or deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Fry the shrimp
    rolls until golden brown, about 2 minutes, turning 2 to 3 times. Drain on paper towels. Serve with the dipping sauce.