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Irresistible Shrimp Balls Appetizer

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If you’re looking to elevate your appetizer game and impress your guests, these mouthwatering Shrimp Balls are a must-try! 

Don’t let the long list of ingredients intimidate you – trust me, it’s worth a trip down the Asian aisle.

Made with succulent, good-quality large shrimp and a blend of delectable flavors, these shrimp balls will undoubtedly become the star of any party. Plus, if you love making stir-fry dinners, you probably already have most of these ingredients on hand. 

So, let’s dive in and discover the magic of these irresistible shrimp balls!


Shrimp Balls Ingredients
  • 1 lb Large Deveined and Cleaned Raw Shrimp
  • 1/2 cup Diced Water Chestnuts
  • 1 Slice of Fresh Lemon
  • 3 Sliced Green Onions
  • 1 tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 3 tsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Mirin
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Oil (You may use Sesame, but it won’t be as spicy)
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin
  • 1 tsp Hot Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 Whisked Egg
  • 1/4 cup Panko (Mixed in the shrimp mixture)
  • 1 cup Panko (To roll the finished balls in)
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce (Sweet, not spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp Hoisin
  • 1 tbsp Grated Fresh Ginger

Shrimp Ball Instructions

Prepare the Shrimp Mixture:

  • Begin by dicing the raw, cleaned, and defrosted shrimp by hand. Avoid using a food processor, as it may make the mixture too pasty.
  • Dice the water chestnuts and add them to the shrimp.
  • Slice the green onions and add them to the mixture as well.
  • Peel a chunk of fresh ginger, grate it, and add it to the mixture.
  • Squeeze the juice of one lemon slice over the mixture for a touch of acidity.

Season and Bind the Mixture:

Shrimp Balls Prep
  • Add the soy sauce, mirin, chili oil, hoisin sauce, and hot chili garlic sauce to the mixture. Give it all a good mix to ensure the flavors are well distributed.
  • Add 1/4 cup of panko to the mixture; this will help bind the ingredients together. Mix thoroughly.

Chill the Mixture:

  • Place the mixture in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Chilling it will help the shrimp balls hold their shape when frying.

Prepare the Dipping Sauce:

  • While the shrimp mixture is chilling, you can make a delicious dipping sauce.
  • In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, hoisin, and grated fresh ginger. Stir well to create a delightful accompaniment for the shrimp balls.

Shape and Coat the Shrimp Balls:

  • Once the mixture has chilled, start forming one-inch balls from the mixture. 
  • You should be able to make about 18 balls in total.
  • Roll each shrimp ball in the remaining cup of panko, lightly coating them for a satisfying crunch.

Fry the Shrimp Balls:

shrimp balls in wok frying in oil
  • In a wok or deep fry pan, heat about one to two inches of oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a candy thermometer to ensure precise temperature control. Avoid overheating, as you don’t want the shrimp balls to fry too quickly.
  • Add six balls at a time to the hot oil, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for approximately 3 minutes, turning them continually to maintain their shape and ensure even cooking.
  • Once golden brown and crispy, remove the shrimp balls from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel.
Shrimp Balls on paper towel to remove grease

Serve and Enjoy

Now comes the best part – serving and savoring these delectable shrimp balls!

Arrange them on a serving platter and pair them with the homemade dipping sauce for an explosion of flavors.


Congratulations, you’ve just mastered the art of making irresistibly delicious Shrimp Balls!

These Asian-inspired delights are the perfect appetizer to showcase your culinary skills and impress your guests.

With a harmonious blend of succulent shrimp, aromatic ginger, and flavorful sauces, these shrimp balls will undoubtedly become a crowd favorite. So, why wait for a special occasion?

Gather the ingredients, follow the simple steps, and treat yourself and your loved ones to this delightful culinary experience. Happy cooking and happy eating!

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JoAnne Nardella
Delectable morsels of succulent shrimp, ginger, green oinions, water chestnuts and sauces mixed and rolled in panko. Fry and dip in sauce of your choice!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Sauce 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Servings 18


  • 1 LB Large Devined and Cleaned Raw Shrimp
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Water Chestnuts
  • 1 Slice Fresh Lemon
  • 3 Sliced Green Onions
  • 1 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 3 Tsp Corn Starch
  • 1 TB Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Mirin
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Oil May use Sesame but it won't have as much spice
  • 1 TB Hoisin
  • 1 Tsp Hot Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 Egg Whisked
  • 1/4 Cup Panko Mixed in the shrimp mixture
  • 1 Cup Panko To roll the finished balls in
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 TB Sweet Chili Sauce Sweet not spicy
  • 1/2 Tsp Hoisin
  • 1 TB Grated Fresh Ginger


  • Dice Shrimp by hand – if you process it will get too pasty
  • Dice Water Chestnuts and add to shrimp
  • Dice Green Onions and add to mixture
  • Peel Ginger and dice then add to mixture
  • Squeeze one slice of lemon in mixture
  • Add all the remaining ingredients including 1/4 cup Panko and mix thoroughly
  • Put this mixture in the frig for 20 minutes while you heat your oil and make your sauce
  • Make one inch balls – you should get 18 balls
  • Roll in remaining one cup of panko
  • Heat oil to 350 in wok or deep frying pan
  • Add six of more balls and fry for 3 minutes – turn continually so they keep their shape and cook evenly. Do not overcrowd
  • Let oil come back to temperature before adding second batch – which takes about 3 minutes
  • Drain on paper towel and serve hot with dipping sauce


*The balls should be in one to two inches of oil and turned throughout cooking
Keyword Christmas Appetizer, shrimp balls
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