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Ukoy Recipe – Filipino Shrimp Fritters

Get this easy Ukoy recipe, the Filipino crunchy shrimp fritters using sweet potato.  It is a popular Filipino snack that can also be served as appetizer or, like me, as a main dish to be eaten with rice. Make sure you do not forget the spiced vinegar for dipping!   
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I’ve been craving for Ukoy for like ages but I always thought that it is impossible to make them while I am here in Germany because of the main ingredients involved. The Ukoy/Okoy I grew up with uses green papaya which is impossible to find here, ripe papayas sure there are some from time to time, but not green unripe ones. Then while browsing through the net, I came across several recipes for Ukoy that use different kinds of vegetables like bean sprouts, squash and sweet potato! 

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I was excited to try it of course, so next in my list was the shrimps! It should be not so difficult I thought, of course there are shrimps in Germany, but usually we only have the frozen ones. Does not matter, it could work! But then all that I was able to find in our local food stores were too big, already peeled or the heads removed! I don’t know why, but I cannot picture an Ukoy with beheaded shrimps.  My last hope was to go  to the nearest Asian food shop (which is not really so near), so I convinced Armin that it is time to replenish our fish and soy sauce. 

And look what I found!!! The perfect shrimps for Ukoy!!! Ok maybe, almost perfect…perfect would be if they were fresh but these were frozen fresh but still, they looked fresh once defrosted and they tasted great and were crunchy just like fresh shrimps! I cannot be more happy!  

Get this easy Ukoy recipe, the Filipino crunchy shrimp fritters using sweet potato. | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.com
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A note about cooking Ukoy: Don’t be surprised if you get a runny batter, it is supposed to be like that.

I also remembered watching an Ukoy vendor in the ‘palengke’ or market (way, way back then) because I was too curious and fascinated how they make their shrimp fritters perfectly round. That is where I got the idea of using a saucer to measure and form my Ukoys. Get this easy Ukoy recipe, the Filipino crunchy shrimp fritters using sweet potato. | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.com

Ukoy Recipe – Filipino Shrimp Fritters
Author: Bebs
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon annatto/achuete powder (can be more or less)
  • 1 cup small shrimps + some for toppings
  • 2 cups grated sweet potato
  • oil for frying
  • [url href=”http://amzn.to/2gq5G2S” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Spiced vinegar[/url] for dipping
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt and ground pepper. Add the water and whisk together until well-blended and smooth. Stir in annatto/achuete powder to the mixture and mix well until color is evenly distributed.
  2. Add 1 cup shrimps and grated sweet potato in the mixture and lightly stir to distribute.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium high heat.
  4. Fill a small saucer evenly with about 2-3 tablespoon of the mixture and add 2-3 more shrimps on top. Gently tilt the saucer to slide the mixture into the hot oil and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown.
  5. Transfer the deep-fried ukoy in a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  6. Serve while still hot with [url href=”http://amzn.to/2gq5G2S” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]spiced vinegar.[/url]
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Bebs

Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Ukoy are delicious with peeled shrimp! A clove or two of garlic, chopped scallions, a little corn, so many things can be added.

  2. As a Filipino also living in Germany, it can be quite frustrating not to be able to get fresh seafood. I’m not sure if it’s just me or do shrimps here taste different?

    I am dying to try this once I find the right shrimps. I am not a fan of frying, so did it spatter a lot?

    1. I can totally relate to your frustrations! I do hope you find the ‘right’ shrimps and to answer your question… NO, it did not splatter at all! 🙂

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