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White Boiled Shrimp

White boiled shrimp - a classic Cantonese recipe where live shrimps are boiled and served with a soy dipping sauce. A very popular Chinese restaurant dish |


White Boiled Shrimp (白灼虾) Recipe

Serves 3-4 people | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes


1 lb live shrimp
4 cups water, for boiling
2-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
2 stalks scallion, cut into 2-inch lengths
1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing rice wine

Dipping Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce (add 1 teaspoon of hot water to dilute it)
1 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar
Sliced green chilies, optional


Rinse the shrimp thoroughly. Mix the dipping sauce ingredients together. Set aside.

Bring water to boil, add the ginger, scallions and wine. Transfer the shrimp into the water, cover it, and boil the shrimp until cooked, about 2 minutes. Drain the shrimp and transfer to a serving platter.

Serve immediately with the Dipping Sauce.

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15 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Nicole

    You are right, this dish is so expensive if you eat out and you know the restaurant just boils the shrimp. $3.99 is a great deal. Are they the spot prawn?

  2. We have these shrimps called jumping shrimp in the Philippines. You literally have to put the lid on the pan because the shrimp would jump out. They were the best tasting sweetest shrimp I have ever had!

    • Veron – the name of jumping shrimp sounds super delicious. I think I know what you mean. My uncle in Hong Kong cooked us these shrimps when we visited him, and yes, the shrimp were basically jumping out of the wok/pan!!

  3. This is one of the best way to enjoy fresh shrimps. I have always thought that there is more to the dipping sauce but I guess when the prawns are fresh, simple soya sauce and chilli would indeed be good enough!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen live shrimp available for purchase. If I ever do see them, though, I’m now sure of what I’ll do with them. Looks delicious!

  5. nancygeorgia

    Made this last night. Easy, and awesome tasting. I added a little garlic to the simmer… this is instant classic goodness.

  6. Yum! Thank you so much for this post, it reminds me of so many wonderful meals with my family (at home and at restaurants.) My family (in NY and Shanghai) like to dip the shrimp in Chinkiang vinegar or sometime a combination of vinegar, soy sauce, a little sugar and some ginger and garlic. It’s delicious!

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