Spicy Firecracker Shrimp
Noreen July 22, 2012 39

I recently bought a big bag of frozen jumbo shrimp from Costco. So, if you see a lot of shrimp recipes on here…that’s why. Shrimp are also my favorite seafood ingredients to cook with, cos they’re quick to cook, absorbent to any kind of spices and flavoring you use and they are super delicious!  I’ve seen Firecracker Shrimp recipes all over the Internet, and while I loved the concept, from what I read of the ingredients, I didn’t think they would have that much flavor. So I made my own spicy shrimp marinade, influenced by Asian flavors and let the shrimp marinate for about half an hour before wrapping them in egg roll wrappers.

They turned out absolutely divine! Crispy on the outside, full of flavor and succulent and juicy on the inside….these Spicy Firecracker Shrimp would make a very sophisticated and elegant party appetizer. A great dipping sauce to serve them with is my Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce (Thai Style), and if you’re thinking of just buying that at the store….I promise you if you try my recipe (which is super easy and quick to make with ingredients you probably have at home already), you won’t regret it! Anyway, here’s my version of Firecracker Shrimp…

Spicy Firecracker Shrimp Recipe

12 frozen jumbo/large shrimp, defrosted
6 egg roll wrappers
Oil for frying
1 tbsp of flour with a little water
(make a paste of this to help seal the wrapping)

For the Marinade-
3 tbsp of Siracha or Hot Sauce
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 tsp Seasame Oil
3 cloves of garlic
zest & juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tbsp of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

- Start by preparing a marinade for the shrimp. In a shallow bowl or zip lock bag, add the siracha/hot sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and seasame oil.
- Then grate the fresh peeled garlic cloves, directly into the bowl.
- Zest half a lime, cut it and squeeze it’s juice into the marinade.
- Season the marinade with a sprinkling of salt an pepper. Stir all the ingredients well to mix them. Also add a tablespoon of sugar to balance out all the flavors.
- Toss the shrimp in the bowl or bag and gently mix them around with a spoon to coat them well in the marinade. Cover and place the marinated shrimp in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- After the shrimp has had some time to soak in all those flavors. Prepare the wrapping by placing an egg roll/spring roll wrapper on a cutting board diagonally so it looks like a diamond shape. Then cut it in half and repeat with the rest of the wrappers.
- Place a shrimp on left side of the wrapper with the tail sticking out and fold over the left corner wrapping the shrimp as tightly as you can.
- Then fold the top corner down, making sure to cover the top end of the shrimp.Roll the shrimp as tightly as possible and as straight as you can manage until there’s just a little corner left.
- Using your finger apply a little of the flour paste (a little flour and water mix) to the corner of the wrapper and seal it.
- Repeat the same wrapping method for the rest of the shrimp.
- In a pan, add about an inch or so of oil to fry the shrimp.(You can use a deep fryer if you have one, but enough oil to cover at least 3/4 of the shrimp if not the whole shrimp is all you really need) Heat the oil through on medium-high. To test and see if the oil is hot enough for frying, pinch a tiny piece of wrapper and drop it in the oil…if it bubbles and comes to rises to the top quickly it’s hot enough.
- Fry the shirmp in small batches depending on the size of your pan and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side till golden brown. I’d suggest cooking one to time it and one you take it out, cut it in half to see if the shrimp is cooked through but not rubbery.
- Serve hot with some sweet and spicy dipping sauce. …yummm!


  1. Neolla Lobo July 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Looks Lovely. I am going to try this and will let you know how it turns out,

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes July 25, 2012 at 2:45 am - Reply

    These are so crisp and tasty!

  3. Kdagon September 26, 2012 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Do you think you could bake these instead? They sound yummy!

  4. Darlene November 4, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Made these today, except I used wonton wraps (which trapped that delicious marinade juice inside)! Definitely making these again!! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Paige December 2, 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Is there an alternative to make a sauce just as yummy and tangy, just less spicy? These look amazing, I’m just not a spicy kind of girl.

    • Noreen December 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Yes Paige, put only 1 tbsp of siracha instead of 3 or less than that even. You can try adding a little ketchup to balance the heat if you’d like. After the shrimp is wrapped and fried it isn’t that spicy anyway. ;-)

      • Paige December 9, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Thanks Noreen :3

  6. Jessica January 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I really love this recipe, it’s so simple but so ingenious and just makes sense. These little guys are so appealing – who wouldn’t want to dip and munch that shrimp? Looks fantastic! Nice photos and recipe.

    • Noreen January 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jessica! I visited your blog too and your photos are simply amazing! Hopefully someday I’ll get better with mine ;-)

      • Michel February 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        What? What??? Your photos and directions are wonderful! Even I could follow them:) And, I’m cooking impaired! The best thing I make is reservations!:)

  7. Leah January 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Could you make a bunch of these and freeze them in any way?

    • Noreen January 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried freezing them Leah, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I think you could wrap and freeze the shrimp until you’re ready to fry them. I would keep in mind though, that the frying time may be longer and you would need to adjust the heat making it slightly lower, too cook the shrimp through without the outer wrap burning.I’m not too sure, but it’s worth a try!

  8. Maria January 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    has anyone tried baking these?

  9. Trisha January 29, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I made these this past weekend and I just can’t put into words how wonderful they are.
    Thank You so much, I will be making these again and again :)

    • Noreen January 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      That’s lovely to hear Trisha! Thank you! :-)

  10. Tamara February 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    These look so good! What is the dipping sauce you show in the photos?

  11. shay March 16, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Noreen you are the bizzy bomb these are so go I made these for a potluck & everybody looved them thanks

    • Noreen March 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Shay! =)

  12. Kasey March 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I saw this recipe on Pinterest and tried it out two weeks ago and then remade them again this weekend. It was amazing!! I used 2 tbsp of siracha sauce and was the perfect amount of spicy. My taste tester, the boyfriend, said these are his favorite spring rolls.
    Thanks for posting! I’m going to try some of your other recipes too.

  13. Deep April 17, 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

    This recipe is truly picture perfect.pinning it on my board

    thnks :)

  14. Kelly August 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    These sound wonderful! Can you bake them? If so, what temp. would you recommend?

  15. Wendy October 13, 2013 at 6:05 am - Reply

    You use the same sauce as the marinade as the dip?

  16. Shannon January 14, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I made this but I baked it instead. 400 degrees for 15 min or until golden brown. Spray or brush some EEVO on top & it will crisp up real good.

    • Shannon January 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Also, I just use water to close my wontons no flour.

  17. Michel February 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I bought the wrong wraps, they were spring roll skins. I NEVER saw those things before, thought they were sheets of plastic:) Found out how to soften them and that was a huge fiasco! Any help here with that? They looked like melted plastic:( Anyway, was going to make these for my sweetie. Good thing he came over, he’s the cook of the2 of us:) When it comes to cooking, I’m a good dancer:) Anyway, he made shrimp scampi and we are going to try these again, with the correct wraps:) I’m a vegetarian, but I know when something looks tasty, and these sure do:)
    Just like the sauce1

    • Noreen February 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Michel :-) I’m guessing you got the Vietnamese style summer roll wrappers that are made from rice. Those kind you need to soak to soften. I don’t think those fry up well, I’ve only ever eaten those cold. You’ll want to look for the egg roll wrappers in the refrigerated section at stores.

  18. Alia August 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Oh, darn…I just got halfway through another version of this recipe..too late to change and yours looks so much TASTIER. Next time! And, next time will be soon! I’m going to have to subscribe. Thanks for your cooking creativity!

  19. lynn September 27, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    hello, they look so luscious that I’ve decided to give them a try. pls can you tell me if these shrimps are raw.

    • Noreen September 28, 2014 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Yes Lynn the Shrimp are raw, just marinated. They cook when deep fried, about 2-3 mins on each side. Check by cutting one open then time the rest accordingly!

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