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Fried Shrimp Spring Rolls

ChiGal1962 Dec 15, 2013 07:19 AM

I'll be making spring rolls for Christmas Eve. I did them last year, but didn't write down the recipe (doh!). In looking around for inspiration, I see some recipes that call for cooking the shrimp first, and some that seem to use it raw. I'm concerned that 3 minutes in a deep fryer wouldn't be enough time to cook the shrimp inside the wrapper, but that cooking first would make them tough. Thoughts?

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    ChiGal1962 Dec 16, 2013 04:22 PM

    Thanks, gang! Made them yesterday with uncooked filing and they turned out perfectly :)

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    1. re: ChiGal1962
      hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2013 07:13 PM

      glad to hear it!

    2. c oliver Dec 16, 2013 03:32 PM

      I make a little app with a whole shrimp wrapped in a wonton wrapper and deep fried. By the time the wrapper is brown the shrimp is done.

      1. i_am_Lois Dec 15, 2013 08:03 AM

        I looked at sites that had recipes for authentic Chinese dishes (written by Chinese people, not someone of another nationality posting their interpretation of 'Chinese' recipes). They all said the same thing. For about 1/4 pound of raw shrimp the instructions say - cut in bite size pieces, then marinate in 1 teaspoon Chinese cooking wine, 1/2 teaspoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour.

        Assemble your roll with the shrimp and other ingredients you intend to use. It states in the recipes that none of the filling ingredients need to be pre-cook. Everything will cook during the frying process.

        If you are uncomfortable with this, perhaps you could partially cook your shrimp to give it a head start.

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        1. re: i_am_Lois
          hotoynoodle Dec 15, 2013 08:41 AM

          so they "pre-cook" the shrimp with acid, like for ceviche. sounds tasty!

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            chefj Dec 16, 2013 02:59 PM

            There is no Acid mentioned in the Shrimp marinade, so they are raw.

            1. re: chefj
              hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2013 03:00 PM

              wine is an acid.

              1. re: hotoynoodle
                chefj Dec 16, 2013 03:02 PM

                Chinese rice wine is not an acid and Western wines do not have enough acid to "cook" Proteins

                1. re: chefj
                  hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2013 03:33 PM


                  chinese rice wine is not as acidic as western wines, but it does present acidity.

                  both are indeed used as "acids" in cooking -- enough to start affecting the protein structure of a protein in a marinade.

                  i never said to make shrimp cocktail this way. jeebus.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle
                    chefj Dec 16, 2013 03:52 PM

                    You said like Ceviche. The Acid is not strong enough to do that.
                    Shrimp Cocktails are made with cooked Shrimp. Duh

                    1. re: chefj
                      hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2013 04:14 PM

                      boy, could you be more persnickety? The acid is breaking down the proteins, "like" ceviche -- not "exactly as".

                      referring to shrimp cocktail was hyperbole. jeebus.

                      i hadn't considered marinating shrimp before putting it in spring rolls, so this was a happy discovery for me.

                      enjoy your evening.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle
                        chefj Dec 16, 2013 04:49 PM

                        Keep your "jeebus"s
                        I am not being persnickety. There is a differance between simply marinading and "cooking" something in an Acid. You said "so they "pre-cook" the shrimp with acid, like for ceviche" and that is not what is happening.

                        1. re: chefj
                          hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2013 07:13 PM

                          you also said there is "no acid" in the recipe which is incorrect. shall we call this a draw?

                          1. re: hotoynoodle
                            chefj Dec 17, 2013 11:35 AM

                            you got it

        2. hotoynoodle Dec 15, 2013 07:51 AM

          if you're using small or chopped shrimp keeping them raw is fine.

          if you're worried just steam them first and take care to not over-cook.

          either way will work.

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