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Famous Shrimp Recipes in the Philippines

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So you've had that bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer for a while, and aren't sure what to do with it? These easy shrimp dishes are exactly what you're looking for.

Shrimp is a huge winner in terms of nutrition. It has a low calorie count and is high in lean protein. Vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, selenium, and iodine are all essential vitamins and minerals that aren't always easy to consume in your meal.


Shrimp Sinigang (Sour shrimp soup)


A steaming bowl of shrimp sinigang with its delectable soup and tender shrimps is absolutely delicious.


½ kilograms shrimp, deveined

100 grams tamarind, boiled and mashed

1 piece onion, cut into cubes

3 pieces tomatoes, cut into cubes

1 radish, peeled and sliced

1 thin bunch string beans (sitaw), cut into strips

2 pieces long green chilis, (Optional)

3 teaspoons fish sauce

4 cups water

How to Cook Sinigang na Hipon

  • Boil the tamarind fruits in a pot until the shell breaks. In a Cast iron mixing basin, strain and mash.

  • Boil the onions, tomatoes, and radish in the same pot with the tamarind stock. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the radish is half-cooked.

  • Put in the shrimp, string beans, and mashed tamarind.
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  • Depending on how salty you want it, add fish sauce until the tamarind's sourness is balanced. Make it boil and then reduce to a low heat until the shrimp are cooked.

  • When the shrimp is done and the fire is turned off, add long green pepper for a bit of spice. Tamarind can also be replaced with guava fruits.

Ginataang Hipon (Shrimp in Coconut Cream)


Seafood and creamy coconut milk come together in this simple Filipino recipe. Because the shrimp aren't shelled, you don't need to do anything other than to quickly stir fry the shrimp.


2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 piece ginger, sliced

3 pieces green finger chili, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium red onion, sliced

½ kilogram shrimp, medium-sized

2 cups coconut cream

salt, to taste

ground black pepper, to taste

How to Cook Ginataang Hipon

  • In a medium-sized pan, heat the oil. Garlic, ginger, and onion should be sautéed until aromatic and translucent.

  • Sauté the shrimps until they become orange, around 5-7 minutes

  • Pour in the coconut cream and cook for 10 minutes on a low heat. Salt & pepper to taste.

  • Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes after adding the finger chilies. Served warm.

Crispy Tortang Alamang ( Crispy Fried Shrimp Omelets)


This recipe makes crispy, delectable omelets like no other by using tasty, flavor-packed dried alamang or shrimp fry. It's the perfect companion to rice, and it's even better with a mayonnaise or vinegar dip on the side.


½ cup oil

80 grams tiny shrimps

6 medium eggs

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ cup chinese chives, chopped.

How to make Crispy Tortang Alamang

  • Garlic and dried alamang are sauteed together in a preheated pan with 2 teaspoons of oil. Set aside the crispy shrimp in a strainer to drain any extra oil.

  • Combine the eggs, salt, pepper,chinese chives, and half of the cooked shrimp in a mixing bowl. Half of the cooked shrimp should be set aside as a crispy topping.

  • Preheat the remaining oil in the frying pan.Scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture and fry until golden brown and crisp. 2 at a time should be cooked. In a strainer, drain any excess oil.

  • Serve the remaining crispy dried shrimp on top of each piece with mayonnaise or vinegar dip on the side.

Camaron Rebosado ( Shrimp Tempura filipino style)


Can't seem to get enough of shrimp? This dish is simple to prepare.


1 kilo prawns,shelled, deveined and with the tails on

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup cornstarch

½ cup water, ice-cold

1 egg, beaten

2 cups oil, for deep-frying

sweet and sour sauce, for dipping

How to cook Camaron Rebosado

  • Combine flour, cornstarch, salt, egg, and water in a mixing bowl and stir well.

  • In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Use a wooden chopstick to see if the oil is hot enough. Dip a chopstick into the oil and wait for bubbles to form all around the stick.

  • Holding the shrimp by the tail, dip it in the flour mixture and carefully drop it into the heated oil. Carry on with the rest of the shrimps in the same process. Deep-fry the shrimp until golden brown, but don't overcrowd the pan. Using paper towels, absorb any excess liquid. Serve with a sweet and sour sauce on the side.

Okoy ( Shrimp with fritter squash & Carrots)


Crispy and crunchy, Serve these fritters with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as spicy vinegar. It's your snack or paired with rice, it's much better.


¼ cup cornstarch

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 medium egg

¼ cup water

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ kilogram shrimp, shelled

1 small carrot, thinly sliced into strips

1 cup squash, thinly sliced into strips

oil, for frying

salt, to taste

ground black pepper, to taste

How to make Okoy

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, water, egg, and garlic. Salt & pepper to taste. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper in a separate bowl

  • Then put in the carrots, squash, and shrimp. Mix until everything is well blended.

  • In a medium-sized pan, heat the oil. Add roughly 2 tablespoons of the mixture to the oil and fry in batches. paper towels, absorb any excess liquid. Using the leftover fritter batter, repeat the process. Serve with a spicy vinegar.

Shrimp is a crowd-pleasing food, particularly in the summer, when its light, fresh flavor is extremely delicious.


Lovely Tolentino (author) from Philippines on June 05, 2021:

For sure every filipino will miss it. Thank you for considering this article po. Glad to help you. @Thelma Alberts

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 05, 2021:

OMG! I am getting hungry reading this article. I love all the food you have mentioned. Thank you for sharing. Now I got an idea what to cook next week. I still have to buy shrimps.

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