Salted Egg Yolk Fried Shrimp

Salted duck egg yolks are a popular ingredient found in Chinese cooking. It is very commonly used to coat fried seafood dishes such as lobsters or prawns but you can use this method to coat pretty much anything you want. For this recipe I will be using U21-25 shrimp.

Salted Egg Yolk Fried Shrimp

The salted duck egg crusted combines the rich flavor of egg yolks with a gritty texture. This is a must try if you have never used this ingredient before.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • lbs shrimp (U21-25)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 6 salted duck egg yolks
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp sugar


  • Remove the shells and poop from your shrimp then give them a good rinse.
  • Butterfly the shrimp by lightly running your knife along the back of the shrimp making sure to only cut about half way through. This will increase the surface area in which the shrimp can be coated in our egg yolk topping later.
  • Season the shrimp with salt, white pepper, and the egg white.
  • Completely coat each shrimp in potato or corn starch.
  • Fry shrimp in oil at 365F for 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can spray the shrimp with oil and air fry at 400F for 5 minutes.
  • Remove your salted duck eggs from the packaging and begin to smash them until they become a light yellow powder. (I will usually do this ahead of time)
  • Heat up 3 tbsp of oil in a medium heat wok or pan then add in the crushed salted duck eggs and minced garlic. It will take a couple minutes before they start to fully melt but continue to stir until they start to foam up.
  • Once it becomes foamy, add the shrimp back in, turn the heat to high, and completely coat the shrimp in the salted duck egg mixture.
  • Top the shrimp with a touch of sugar which helps balance the richness of the egg yolks and enjoy!


Crushing egg yolks: I find the easiest way to do this is by first pushing them down with a knife and sliding across a cutting board then cutting them into fine pieces, but go ahead and experiment with different methods haha.

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