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close up of ebi mayo served on a slate plate with shredded cabbage close up

Ebi Mayo (Fried Shrimp in Mayonnaise Sauce)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x


How to make Japanese Ebi Mayo. (エビマヨ) Juicy fresh prawns fried in a light yet crispy batter then coated in a sweet and creamy mayonnaise based sauce. (serves 2) 




  • 70g (1/2 US cup) weak flour 
  • 1 tbsp rice flour (or corn starch)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 100ml lager (or soda water) chilled

Mayonnaise Sauce

Ebi Mayo

  • 250g king prawns or tiger prawns
  • 1 tsp corn starch + 2 pinches salt (for cleaning)
  • 3 tbsp corn starch (or potato starch)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 100g shredded cabbage (optional)
  • Dried parsley to garnish


  1. Start by mixing the dry ingredients for the batter (70g flour, 1 tbsp rice flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt and pepper.) Mix well and place them in the freezer until just before using. (Don't add the beer yet.)
    Mixing dry batter ingredients for beer batter
  2. Next, take a large bowl (or small bowl if you prefer dipping) and add all of the sauce ingredients. (4 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp condensed milk, 1 tsp ketchup, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1/2 tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp paprika) and mix well. Set aside for later.
    Mixing ebi mayo sauce in a small glass bowl
  3. Next, deshell, devein your prawns. (Information on how to do this is in the post above.) Rub with 1 tsp corn starch and 2 pinches of salt, rinse with cold water and dry with kitchen paper.
    Deveining shrimp with a cocktail stick
  4. Heat your oil to 190°C (375°F).
    Heating the oil to 190 degrees Celsius, using a digital thermometer
  5. Drop two garlic cloves into your warming oil to add flavour. You can use it as an indicator to know when your oil is hot too. (It will start to sizzle)
    Adding garlic cloves to the oil
  6. Add 3 tbsp of corn starch to the prawns and coat them. This will help the batter stick.
    Coating the shrimp in cornstarch
  7. Take your dry batter from the freezer and add 100ml of chilled beer. Mix well.
    adding beer to the chilled batter
  8. Coat each prawn in the batter and drop it into the oil in batches, be careful not to overcrowd the pot.
    Coating the prawns in beer batter
  9. Fry for approximately 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. (Remove the garlic when it turns dark brown and discard.)
    Prawns frying in a pan
  10. As each batch is complete, transfer the prawns to a wire rack to let any excess oil drain off.
    transferring the prawns to a wire rack
  11. Once the prawns are all cooked, coat in the mayonnaise sauce and dish up.
    coating the fried prawns in mayo sauce
  12. Sprinkle with dry parsley and serve with shredded cabbage.
    close up of ebi mayo served on a slate plate with shredded cabbage side view
  13. Enjoy!
    One ebi mayo prawn held with black chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Japanese / Chinese

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