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Crispy Shrimp Adobo Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 1 lb. shrimp with head intact
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or rum
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 5 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole peppercorn


  • Combine vinegar, rum, minced garlic, and soy sauce, and ground black pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Combine AP flour and cornstarch. Mix well and then set aside.
  • Put the shrimp in the same bowl. Marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a deep cooking pot.
  • Add the dried bay leaves and whole peppercorn in the hot oil.
  • Remove the shrimp from the marinade and then dredge in the flour and cornstarch mixture.
  • Deep fry the shrimp for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the texture becomes crisp.
  • Arrange in a serving plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve with adobo dipping sauce (which is 2 parts vinegar and 1 part soy sauce with whole peppercorn and minced garlic). Share and enjoy!


Serving: 4g