Jul 1, 2021

Japanese Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry (Ebi Chili エビチリ)

Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry, or ebi chili, was actually originated from the Sichuan province in China. However, the flavor has been modified to suit the Japanese taste. So think of it as a more Chinese style Japanese dish. But don't take it wrong, ebi chili is still a well-seasoned and can be considered as heavy, more so rice-killing dish. It got many flavors, sweet, sour, spicy, all happening in one place. I bet both Japanese and Chinese will fall for ebi chili, simply too irresistible.

Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry /Ebi Chili/エビチリ -

Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry, ebi chili, エビチリ


  • 16 to 18 medium sized shrimp
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Tiny piece ginger
  • 1 stalk scallion or Japanese naga negi
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil or other preferred cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Some corn starch and water mixture


  • 1 tablespoon rice cooking wine 
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Tiny pinch salt
  • Tiny pinch black pepper


  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese spicy bean paste 辣豆瓣醬
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Peel and devein the shrimp. 

Butterflied shrimp

Mix all the ingredients under the "marinade" section to a bowl. Add in the shrimps and give it a gentle massage. Let it marinate while prepping other ingredients.

Marinating the shrimp

Mix all the ingredients under the "sauce" section to another bowl, set aside for later use.

Peel and chop the garlic clove, need about 1 teaspoon chopped garlic here. Peel and finely chop the ginger, also need about 1 teaspoon here. Destem the scallion or naga negi. Chop it and separate the green and white parts. Need about 4 tablespoons of chopped white section, the green section will be used for garnish in the end, 1 tablespoon is enough.

Chopped scallion

Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil or preferred cooking oil to a non-stick pan and turn to medium high heat. Add in chopped garlic along with chopped ginger. Give it a quick stir, about 10 to 20 seconds, or till aromatic but not burning the bits. 

Transfer the shrimp along with its marinade to the pan and cook till nearly fully cooked through.

Stir-frying shrimp

Pour in premixed sauce along with white section of the chopped scallion or naga negi. Give it a few tosses, continue to cook for another 20 to 30 seconds.

Making Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry, ebi chili, エビチリ

Switch to low heat. Prepare small amount of corn starch and water mixture. Make sure to blend well before pouring to the pan. Remember to gently stir the entire mixture while pouring in the corn starch water to prevent lumps. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in the end. 

Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry, ebi chili, エビチリ

Plate and garnish with green section of the chopped scallion or naga negi. 

Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry, ebi chili, エビチリ

This recipe uses more ingredients, or more prepping steps compared to most of my other dishes. However, the marinade and the sauce can be prepared ahead of time. So when it comes to the actual cooking process, it's quite easy and hassle-free.

Japanese spicy shrimp stir-fry, ebi chili, エビチリ

By the way, for the ketchup used in this recipe, I chose Japanese style ketchup instead of something like America's Heinz. Japanese version, per my opinion, is more sourish and not as thick, which works really well with Asian seafood recipes.

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