Shrimp / prawns

The simplest & healthiest Japanese fried shrimp recipe ever!

I had been wondering how to tackle the fried shrimp recipes.

One of the mothers at my kids’ nursery school made fried shrimp onigiri for her daughter’s bento lunchbox a few months ago when the kids had an excursion, and I was dying to make it myself.

But I was worried about:

  • Do I have to use breadcrumbs for the batter?
  • Isn’t it really oily/unhealthy for kids?
  • Isn’t it difficult to make, and splashes oil all over my kitchen?
  • How do I discard the oil afterwards?

My mother never really cooked fried food when I was young, so I was curious how Japanese mothers made it with such ease and looking so healthy for their kids.

Then I found this awesome recipe in an onigirazu recipe book.

It is THE most delicious and healthiest fried shrimp recipe I have ever seen.

And it is so easy to make!

  • No breadcrumbs required
  • It is made with just a thin coating of flour, so it doesn’t soak up much oil
  • You can make it in seconds and only requires a small amount of oil, so it doesn’t splash everywhere
  • To clean your pan afterwards, simply wipe the oil with kitchen paper and wash

Shrimp Mayonnaise (Ebi Mayo)

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 10 min


  • 6 Shrimp (peeled)
  • 1 tbsp cooking sake
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salad oil
  • Japanese kewpie mayonnaise



Place the sake and salt into a small bowl, and the flour in a separate bowl


Dip the shrimp in the sake bowl and cover both sides with sake, then place in the flour bowl and cover with flour


Heat the salad oil in a pan, cook the shrimp for about 3min


Serve with kewpie mayonnaise


Delicious simply on its own or as a filling in rice balls (onigiri) or rice sandwiches (onigirazu)

Japanese healthy fried shrimp - perfect as side dish or as filling in onigiri or onigirazu

Japanese healthy fried shrimp – perfect as side dish or as filling in onigiri or onigirazu

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  • Reply
    June 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wow! Such a great recipe! I’m going to give it a try. What do you mean by salad oil? I usually use grapeseed or canola oil for frying, is this ok?

    • Reply
      June 29, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Hi Erin! In Japan they call it “salada oil”. It just means a healthy vegetable oil. So grapeseed or canola would be fine!

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