Caramelized Garlic Shrimp (Tom Rim Man)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

I found this on the terrific site Seasalt with food, adapted from the book Pleasures Of The Vietnamese Table by Mai Pham

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over moderate heat. Add the shrimp and sugar and stir for 1 minute. Add the garlic and shallot, stir 1 minute, and add the water, fish sauce and salt.
  2. Reduce the heat and cook until the shrimp are done and the pan is almost dry, about 1 minute or so. Transfer to a plate, garnish with the cilantro and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

High marks for ease and quickness. My shrimp was also done before the skillet was dry, so I would reduce the water next time. I am a bit unsure about the sugar - it is just unexpected. I think I might like to add some spice or lime to balance out the sweetness. Thanks for posting such an interesting recipe. Made for the Chinese/Vietnamese New Year Tag Game.

duonyte February 14, 2012

This makes a nice quick dish served with a large tossed salad. My shrimp were done before the skillet was dry. I might try this without the added water. I used a coarse sugar. The shrimp were lightly sweet.

PaulaG February 09, 2012