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Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp

Morsels of Life - Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp

Since I like to make seafood at least one a week, and I wanted to finish off the last of the shrimp, I decided to make a shrimp dish. Shrimp, like many other types of seafood, contain high levels of calcium, iodine, and protein, while containing few calories. Although shrimp contain a bit of cholesterol, it is still considered healthy for the circulatory system since it lacks saturated fat, meaning it can improve your LDL to HDL ratio.

This dish doesn't require much in the way of prep (aside from making a caramel sauce) - just cook the shrimp with garlic and onion! Although the version I made this time wasn't bad, I think I would add more garlic and onions next time. The flavor contributions from those two materials should not be underestimated! I'd also watch the caramelization process more closely. Once the water evaporates, the sugar can go from caramelizing to burnt quite quickly! I don't know about you, but I prefer the flavor of caramelized sugar over burnt sugar! We ate these caramel shrimp with a side of pickled carrots and daikon.

Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp by
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Sweetly savory and succulent shrimp, sauted with garlic and onion, and then topped with a caramel sauce.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided use
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  1. Heat the sugar and 1 tablespoon of water until the sugar caramelizes.
  2. Carefully add the remaining water and dissolve the caramel.
  3. Saute the onion and garlic in a small amount of oil.
  4. Add shrimp and fish sauce to onion and garlic, then cook until the shrimp is cooked and pink.
  5. Pour caramel sauce over dish and serve.

This post is part of Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, These Chicks Cooked, Recipe Sharing Monday


  1. Katie @ This Chick CooksAugust 02, 2011

    >That shrimp sounds like it would be really yummy. I'd love for you to come by tomorrow and show off your shrimp recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Hope you have a blessed day!

  2. Morsels of LifeAugust 02, 2011

    >Thanks for stopping by! I'll stop by your Recipe Spotlight tomorrow too - thanks for letting me know!

  3. >yummy! I love shrimp so much, and these look so delicious. If you'd like, I wanted to invite you over to share your best recipes at my new link party, Recipe Sharing Monday. I'd love for you to join in the fun :o)

  4. morsels of lifeAugust 03, 2011

    >@Ali - Thanks for the invite. I just stopped by, and it looks like you've got a lot of tasty recipes!

  5. >I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  6. Morsels of LifeAugust 06, 2011

    >@ Ali - glad to have stopped by. Thanks for the invite!

  7. >These do look yummy! Thank you so much for joining Fat Camp Friday! See you next week!

  8. Morsels of LifeAugust 06, 2011

    >@Miranda - thanks for the invite! I thought these went well with the Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon, so I went ahead and included them :)