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Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp Recipe (Tom Rim)

Caramel Shrimp (Vietnamese Tom Rim) - one of the most delicious shrimp dishes ever and the taste is rich and intense—sweet, salty, savory, and extremely umami.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword Caramel Shrimp
Servings 4 people
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 lb fresh water prawn or shrimp, shell-on and head-on
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch scallion

Caramel Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. In a small sauce pan on medium-low heat, add the sugar and water. Keep stirring until the sugar and water turn into a golden amber color caramel sauce. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a wok at high heat.  Add shallot and garlic and garlic, stir fry until aromatic but not browned. Add the shrimp and stir fry in a back-and-forth motions with a spatula.  Add the Caramel Sauce, fish sauce and ground black pepper . Cook until the shrimp is cooked through and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Add the scallions, stir, and turn off heat. Serve the Caramel Shrimp with rice immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp Recipe (Tom Rim)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 286mg95%
Sodium 1236mg54%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.