Now that it’s holiday season, my friend Adam asked me to re-post my Firecracker Shrimp recipe because it’s his favorite and it’s a fantastic appetizer to serve at holiday parties. My friends call this appetizer “Crack Shrimp” because it’s so addicting! This was the most popular item on our catering menu and (shhhh!) the secret is the sauce. The Srircha Mayo sauce is Boss! This recipe is incredibly easy which makes it the perfect hors de oeuvre for holiday entertaining. Move over meatballs and mini quiche..this Firecracker Shrimp will make your holiday shindig explode with sass and spice.
- 12 large shrimp, in the shell
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, divided
- 4 sheets spring roll wrappers
- 24 carrot strips (3x 1/4inch)
- 1 egg, beaten
- Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
- 3 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying
- Removing the shells and leaving the tail intact, make a deep cut lengthwise down the back of each shrimp; wash out the sand vein. Place warm water in a bowl and add the salt; stir to dissolve. Place the shrimp in the salt water and swirl. Leave the shrimp in the salt water for 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water, drain, and pat dry on paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt.
- Cut each spring roll wrapper into thirds, making 3 long narrow strips.
- Place the carrot strips in a small bowl, sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, and set aside.
- Brush the egg at the top of the shrimp. Place 2 carrot strips in the slit of each shrimp. Brush each spring roll strip with egg and roll each shrimp up tightly in the spring roll strip, with the egg holding it together. The tail of the shrimp should be protruding from one end and the carrots from the other – to resemble a firecracker! Continue process until all the wrappers are folded with the shrimp and carrots.
- To make the dipping sauce, in a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and Srircha sauce. Set aside.
- In a wok or deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Fry the shrimp rolls until golden brown, about 2 minutes, turning 2 to 3 times. Drain on paper towels. Serve with the dipping sauce.