Crispy Shrimp Balls

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I’ve found a new favorite way to enjoy shrimp, and let me tell you, they’re incredible! Imagine shrimp wrapped in thinly sliced egg roll wrappers, fried until they’re crispy and golden perfection.

There’s something magical about shrimp wrapped up and fried until crispy and golden! This popular Chinese appetizer is downright addictive, especially when dipped in sweet chili sauce. And guess what? These shrimp balls are surprisingly easy to make, and here’s the secret ingredient for that extra crunch – EGG ROLL WRAPPERS!

Crispy Shrimp Balls

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer


  • 1 pound raw shrimp peeled, deveined, tails-off, finely minced
  • 10 egg roll wrappers cut into small strips
  • 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 whole green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg optional, if mixture is sticky
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sweet chili sauce for dipping


  • In a mixing bowl, combine minced shrimp with cream cheese, soy sauce, green onions, cilantro, garlic, ginger, cornstarch, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, and egg if needed. The mixture should be sticky and easy to shape.
  • Shape the shrimp mixture into small balls using about 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling each.
  • Coat each ball in egg roll wrappers, pressing tightly to ensure they adhere well.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan until it reaches 350°F.
  • Fry the shrimp balls until they’re beautifully golden brown and cooked in the center. Make sure the heat isn’t too high, or the outside will brown before the center cooks.
  • Transfer the fried shrimp balls to a wire rack to drain any excess oil, then serve with sweet chili dipping sauce!


If you find the mixture already sticky, you can omit the egg next time you make these.

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