Ebi Chili

Ebi ChiliEbi Chili (エビチリ), or chili shrimp is a Chinese style Japanese dish consisting of fried shrimp glazed in a sweet spicy sauce.


  • CourseEntree
  • CuisineChinese
  • Yield4 serving
  • Cooking Time20 minutes
  • Preperation Time10 minutes
  • Total Time30 minutes


large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
570 grams
1 teaspoon
baking soda
1 teaspoon
vegetable oil (for frying)
potato starch
2 teaspoons
scallions (white parts only minced)
2 tablespoons
fresh ginger (peeled and finely minced)
1 tablespoon
1/4 cup
1/4 cup
Thai sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons
sriracha (or other Asian hot sauce)
1 teaspoon


  1. Add the shrimp to the bowl along with the salt and baking soda. Cover with ice water so that all the shrimp are submerged. Let this rest for at least 30 minutes. This gives the shrimp a nice firm texture.
  2. Dry the shrimp off with paper towels, then lay them out in a single layer. Put the potato starch in a fine mesh sieve such as a tea strainer and sprinkle a thin coating of starch on the shrimp, flip the shrimp over and repeat.
  3. Prepare a paper towel lined rack, then add about 1" of oil to pot and heat over medium high heat. When the oil reaches 350 degrees F, fry the shrimp a handful at a time. You don't want to add too much shrimp at once or the temperature of the oil will fall too much. Remove the shrimp as soon as they've turned reddish in color and have gone from translucent to opaque. This should not take more than a minute. Transfer the fried shrimp to the paper towel lined rack to drain and continue frying.
  4. To make the sauce, add a bit of oil to a frying pan and saute the scallions and ginger until very fragrant. Add the water, ketchup, Thai chili sauce, and sriracha. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the fried shrimp and toss to coat with the sauce. The Ebi Chili is done when the sauce has thickened up and coats each shrimp.