Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Shrimp in Caramel Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

455 g

4 cloves


70 g

100 ml

5 tablespoons

15 ml

15 g

15 g



Raw shrimp

Garlic, finely chopped

Green onions (scallions)



Oil (for frying)

Lime or lemon juice

Nuoc cham sauce

Brown sugar


Green pepper (for garnishing)

Method :
  • Shell, remove heads and de-vein shrimp but retain tails.

  • Finely chop three green onions (scallions). Cut the remaining two into thin strips 1 in long.

  • In a saucepan, heat sugar until golden. Add 3 tablespoon of water, stir until sugar dissolves.

  • Boil, then simmer gently for about 3 minutes until caramel darkens but doesn't burn. Add remaining water after removing pot from heat but take care it does not spatter. Reheat, stirring quickly to remove lumps.

  • Pour oil in heavy pan and over medium heat, fry chopped green onion (scallion) and garlic. Add shrimp and cook for a few seconds until it turns pink.

  • Slowly add nuoc cham sauce and warm caramel to the shrimp mixture.

  • Combine and cook 1 minute before adding lime or lemon juice, salt, brown sugar and sliced green onion (scallions).

  • Stir together and garnish with bell pepper strips.

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