I love Japanese food and I usually dine out once a week at Japanese izakaya or regular Japanese restaurants. One of the things I love about eating out in Japanese restaurants is the Appetizer menu. There are endless array of delectable dishes to choose from: agedashi tofu, chicken karaage, chawanmushi, gyoza, seafood dynamite, fried oysters with panko, and so much more. And all of them are so yummy and I could just order appetizers and be very happy.
Dynamite Shrimp is one of my favorite Japanese appetizer dishes. It’s basically shrimp battered and deep fried to golden perfection and tossed with a honey-mayonnaise light dressing. Sounds really simple but they are oh-so-addictive. In my opinion, the best Dynamite Shrimp is made with rock shrimp, as rock shrimp has a nice crisp texture and perfect for this recipe.
Anyway, rock shrimp is hard to come by unless you go to some expensive seafood specialty stores. Regular shrimp works well. For the mayonnaise, a little heat goes a long way and hence I used some Sriracha hot sauce for some extra zing. When I make Japanese dishes, I also make sure that I use Kewpie brand Japanese mayonnaise, which comes in a soft plastic tube with the iconic baby as the label.
Dynamite Shrimp is a perfect appetizer to serve to guests or whenever you want to pamper yourself for a quick afternoon treat. I love this and never tire of eating it. I hope you like this recipe and get to make it soon!