Healthy Meal Prep
Easy Crispy Vietnamese Shrimp Balls Recipe

Easy Crispy Vietnamese Shrimp Balls


If you love Vietnamese flavors, try this recipe for homemade crispy shrimp balls for your next gathering.


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups fine bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Rinse shrimp well under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Coarsely chop shrimp into medium pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add 1 beaten egg, shallot, sesame oil, cornstarch, brown sugar, fish sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper to the shrimp in the food processor. Blend until a smooth paste is created. Transfer shrimp paste to a bowl and refrigerate until slightly hardened, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove paste from refrigerator. Use an ice cream scoop, a tablespoon, or your hands to form shrimp paste into balls.
  4. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp balls, cover, and steam until they become opaque, about 5 minutes. Transfer steamed shrimp balls to a plate and allow to cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes.
  5. Place bread crumbs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Place 2 beaten eggs in a separate bowl. Roll steamed shrimp balls in bread crumbs, then in beaten eggs, then again in bread crumbs and then place on a plate.
  6. Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Cook shrimp balls until golden brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.

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Nutritional Information

Easy Crispy Vietnamese Shrimp Balls

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 297.4
% Daily Value *
protein: 29 %
carbohydrates: 6 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 4 %
fat: 29 %
saturated fat: 15 %
cholesterol: 52 %
vitamin a iu: 4 %
niacin equivalents: 44 %
vitamin b6: 8 %
vitamin c: 2 %
folate: 8 %
calcium: 7 %
iron: 15 %
magnesium: 10 %
potassium: 5 %
sodium: 15 %
thiamin: 18 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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