Shrimp has always been a vital food source for Japan, which had a primarily pescatarian diet until the late 19th century. The earliest written record of shrimp consumption dates back to 733. In this roundup, I will introduce 10 recommended Japanese dishes with shrimp as a key ingredient.
1. Authentic Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg Custard)
Chawanmushi is a steamed dish made with egg, dashi stock soup, and various ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, fish cakes, chicken, or shrimp. It’s served as an appetizer or side dish and is actually considered a type of soup in Japanese cuisine.
It is a simple yet elegant classic that brings warmth and comfort to any kitchen. If you’re interested in exploring classic Japanese cuisine, I suggest trying Chawanmushi.
2. Ebi Furai (Japanese Deep-fried Shrimp with Panko)
Ebi Fry is a famous deep-fried dish made with large shrimp coated in flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs, often served with Japanese-style tartar sauce. Black tiger or king prawns are commonly used when preparing Ebi Furai at home.
The key to this recipe is in preparing the shrimp, ensuring they are perfectly breaded and fried for a crispy yet succulent texture!
3. Ebi Mayo (Fried Shrimp in Mayonnaise Sauce)
Ebi Mayo is a Chinese-inspired Japanese dish made with fried prawns coated in a mayonnaise-based sauce. The dish was created by Iron Chef Shu Tomitoku, who added his own twist to a mayonnaise-flavored shrimp dish he tried in LA.
To make it even more delicious, I added my own touch by incorporating the signature beer batter from English fish and chips and my own special ingredients to the sauce. This fusion of Japanese, Chinese, and English cuisines is a must-try recipe that you’ll love!
4. Crispy Japanese Shrimp Tempura (Ebiten)
Who can resist the juicy and crispy goodness of shrimp tempura? This popular tempura dish is enjoyed by people all over the world and has a special place in Japanese cuisine.
With my step-by-step guide, you can recreate the light and crispy shrimp tempura at home just like at a fancy tempura specialty restaurant.
5. Pan-fried Prawn Gyoza Dumplings (Shrimp Potstickers)
My filling is also optimized for shrimp, with a special complimentary homemade dipping sauce. Try it and see for yourself!
6. Ebi Chili (Japanese Shrimp in Chili Sauce)
Ebi Chili is another Chinese-inspired Japanese dish consisting of stir-fried shrimp in sweet and spicy sauce. It’s a type of “Chuka Ryori” and a popular appetizer in Japanese Chinese restaurants.
Through experimentation, I’ve discovered the harmonious mix of heat from the chili and subtle sweetness that complements the succulent shrimp. Try my Ebi Chili recipe – it’s easy to make and just as good as restaurant-quality!
7. Shrimp Tempura Udon Noodle Soup (Ebiten Udon)
Shrimp Tempura Udon is a decadent Japanese udon soup dish made with udon noodles. The shrimp tempura is usually placed on top of the noodles, allowing the batter to absorb the soup’s flavor.
Trust me, once you try shrimp tempura udon, it will become your new favorite dish too!
8. Shrimp Yaki Udon (Shio Lemon Shrimp Udon Stir Fry)
Yaki Udon is a dish made with thick wheat noodles (udon), protein, and vegetables that are all stir-fried. Although pork is typically used to make the dish, in this recipe, I have used shrimp!
The shrimp and homemade lemon sauce blend perfectly in this dish. Give it a try!
9. Seafood Doria (Japanese Rice Gratin)
Doria is a popular Japanese oven-baked dish made with seasoned rice, béchamel sauce, and grated cheese. It comes in many flavors and is commonly found in restaurants and supermarkets. You can easily make it at home for a quick and convenient meal.
Try my seafood Doria recipe for a rich and unique flavor. I’ve spent hours perfecting the blend of spices to create a delicious and incomparable taste. Trust me, it’s worth it!
10. Kaisen Donburi (Seafood Rice Bowl)
Kaisendon is a donburi dish of fresh sashimi and seafood served on white rice. The term “Kaisendon” is also used for seafood bowls made with a single ingredient. It’s best enjoyed in Hokkaido or places with fishing harbors for the freshest seafood.
It’s easy to prepare if you have sashimi grade shrimp. Enjoy with other sashimi seafood!
11. Chirashizushi (Scattered Sushi Bowl)
Chirashizushi is a type of sushi topped with seafood, vegetables, and egg. It’s served in a bowl or on a plate and is very colorful. I created a recipe for Chirashizushi that’s visually stunning and delicious. Each component was chosen for its color and flavor.
For shrimp, I used boiled one!