How to Make Savory Fried Shrimp Balls

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Fried shrimp balls are savory snack you can find in dim sum restaurant lor Chinese restaurants This dish is loved by so many generations. They are easy to make at home!

fried shrimp balls

I bet a lot of people love the taste of shrimps. I do!

Shrimps always give a umami flavor in a dish. It adds the flavor of a dish to the next level.

I love shrimp balls. You can easily find it in Chinese food restaurants or dim sum restaurants in their menu list.

Here I will share fried shrimp ball recipe that has been my family’ love’s favorite! Even beginners in the kitchen can make it successfully!

Fried Shrimp Balls

fried shrimp ball
Fried Shrimp Ball

My mom had always cooked fried shrimp balls or fried meat balls at my home. Those two were like our most favorite dish in our childhood.

My mom said it was because those two were the easiest to prepare and all the family members love them so much they disappeared so quickly.

Since I was a kid, I always love fried shrimp ball. They are so fragrant and so delicious! My family’s version of fried shrimp balls are soft inside and a little bit crunchy on the outside.

Now I am sharing this family recipe and with some modifications and additions, so you can have another shrimp recipe.

Original Recipe

There are only a few ingredients needed to make original fried shrimp balls. Of course you will need fresh shrimp (peeled and deveined).

The rest are pretty basic ingredients you can find in the kitchen: egg, garlic, sesame oil, oyster sauce, tapioca flour, sugar, salt, mushroom powder and pepper.

This recipe is very easy to make and prepare and fail-proof. It is very suitable if you are just beginning your journey in the kitchen. No need for special tools or sophisticated kitchen equipment.

If you like coriander stalks or leeks, you can add some chopped ones to add some flavor to the fried shrimp balls.

Shrimps are wonderful ingredient. Its meat has a sweet taste and very delicious. You can find shrimps used in almost all dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong.

fresh shrimp fried shrimp ball
Fresh shrimp

Make sure you use fresh shrimps. I myself prefer wild shrimps than the farmed shrimps. I think they are cleaner and the meat is sweeter.

Since wild shrimps live freely in deep ocean or sea, they get their nutrients from natural environment. This contribute to their natural flavor, taste and texture. (1)


Seasoning that I use here are mostly found in Chinese restaurant kitchen. Sesame oil and oyster sauce are very basic Chinese ingredients.

Fried Shrimp Balls Recipe

  • 300 gr shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 5 tbsp tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Coriander stalks (optional)

How To Make Fried Shrimp Balls

  1. First, wash the shrimp clean, peel and devein.
  2. Chop the shrimp coarsely. If you like it very smooth, you can chop it longer. I like my shrimp balls to have bits of shrimp chunks in it.
chopped shrimp
Chopped shrimp
  1. Put the chopped shrimp in a bowl. Put in the egg.
  2. Put in minced garlic, sesame oil, oyster sauce, tapioca flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and mushroom powder.
tapioca flour

  1. If you are fond of coriander stalks or leeks, you may put some.
  2. Mix them all together with a spatula until incorporated.
  3. If you are not in a hurry, it’s better to keep it in the refrigerator for a while, at least 1 hour. This will make the batter easier to shape.
  4. But if you are in a hurry, it is still okay to deep-fry it right away. Only the batter is a bit runny and a little more difficult to shape. Use two small spoons.
  5. Heat the frying oil, you can use a deep wok or deep-fryer pan.
  6. Heat the oil and test with a bamboo stick. If you stick the bamboo stick and bubbles come out of it, it is ready to fry.
  7. Take one teaspoon of the batter and shape it into a ball using two spoons. (Just like in the video)
  8. Fry them until it is golden brown and floats to the surface.
  9. Take them out and let them dry in a kitchen towel.

drying fried shrimp ball on kitchen towel

  1. Enjoy with chilli sauce!

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Other Asian recipes with shrimps that you might like:

fried shrimp ball

Fried Shrimp Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Fried shrimp ball is a savory dish often found in dim sum restaurant. You can make it at home. The ingredients are simple and pretty easy to make!


  • 300 gr shrimp (peeled skin and deveined, chopped coarsely)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 5 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mushroom powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 stalk minced leeks or coriander stalks (optional)


  1. Chop the shrimp coarsely. Put in a bowl.
  2. Put in egg, sesame oil, oyster sauce, tapioca flour, sugar, salt, mushroom powder, pepper into the bowl. Mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan. Make sure it is hot by sticking a bamboo stick into it. When little bubbles come out, it is hot enough.
  4. Put in the batter, try to round it up using 2 spoons.
  5. Fry the shrimp ball until golden brown.
  6. Serve with sriracha sauce.


1. If you use leeks, try to get more white parts than the green parts. The green parts can turn to dark brown when fried. It doesn't look good.

2. Do not use too much tapioca flour as it will make your shrimp ball hard when cold.

3. Put the batter in a fridge for at least 2 hours to make it easier to shape with 2 spoons.

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