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
- 2⁄3 lb raw medium shrimp, unpeeled but cleaned
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
- 5 sprigs cilantro, cut into 2 inch lengths
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.