Firecracker shrimp

This festive appetizer, which is great for a Fourth of July gathering or a Chinese New Year celebration, looks just like a firecracker. In China firecrackers light up the sky on New Year’s Day. Prepare it a day ahead and save the frying step for just after your guests arrive.


  • 12 large shrimp, in the shell
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic salt, divided
  • 4 sheets spring roll wrappers
  • 24 carrot strips (3” x ¼”)
  • 1 egg, beaten

dipping sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • 3 cps vegetable oil for deep-frying


  • Wok or deep-fat fryer
  • Bowl for shrimp
  • Small bowl for egg
  • Pastry brush
  • Small bowl for dipping sauce
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels


  1. Removing the shells an leaving the tail intact, make a deep cut lengthwise down the back of each shrimp; wash out and the sand vein.
  2. Place warm water in a bowl and add the salt; stir to dissolve. Place the shrimp in the salt water and swirl. Leave the shrimp in the slat water for 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water, drain, and pat dry on paper towels.
  3. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon garlic salt.
  4. Cut each spring roll wrapper into thirds, making 3 long narrow strips,.
  5. Brush the egg at the top of the shrimp. Place 2 carrot strips in the slit of each shrimp.
  6. Brush each spring roll strip with egg and roll each shrimp up tightly in the spring roll strip, with the egg holding it together. The tail of the shrimp should be protruding from one end and the carrots from the other — to resemble a firecracker! Continue the process until all the wrappers are rolled with the shrimp and carrots

dipping sauce

  1. To make a dipping sauce, in a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and hot pepper sauce. Set aside.


  1. In a wok (or deep-fat fryer) heat the vegetable oil to 350°F. Fry the shrimp rolls until golden brown, about 2 minutes, turning 2 to 3 times. Drain on paper towels. Serve with the dipping sauce.

What you should know

I have reprinted this recipe from my book Everyday Chinese Cooking. I hope that enjoy this recipe and consider purchasing this book which I co-wrote with my mother Leeann Chin.

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Re: Firecracker shrimp

This is the perfect appetizer for any occasion — I promise there is not a soul who won’t come back for more and more and…

Re: Firecracker shrimp

These are delicious. I first tasted some at a cocktail party and my poor wife was horrified by the quantity I consumed. She need not have been embarrassed, however, as our fellow guests were doing the same. Now my guests consume them at our parties. They are easy, delicious and I love that they can be prepped the night before allowing me time to enjoy the party.

Re: Firecracker shrimp

Re: Firecracker shrimp

Great cocktail party suggestion. Thanks. Can I make these ahead of time and reheat them in the oven before serving?