Fried Shrimp in Tamarind Sauce

Fried shrimp in Tamarind sauce

Gung Pad Makam

Serves 2 Cooks in 20 minutes Difficulty EASY

Fried shrimp in tamarind sauce is a really simple dish and can be prepared and cooked in 20 minutes. I love cooking with tamarind, it’s sour and tangy and really gives your dish that Thai, asian taste.

Tamarind sauce is also a key ingredient for my famous Pad Thai recipe that I teach here at my Thai cooking class in Khao Lak. This time though, I’m keeping the cooking simple using only a handful of ingredients. Tamarind paste is easy to find if you have a decent asian supermarket near by.

Try to find large shrimps. Other than that you will need some key Thai sauces, some coriander, shallots and chilli. Easy 🙂

I like to serve this dish with rice but as an alternative you can cook the shrimp on wooden skewers to make a nice Thai addition to a barbecue.

Here’s what you will need and how to cook Shimp in Tamarind Sauce.


  • 12 shrimp
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 1 sprig coriander
  • 5 chilli
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 5 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp pork stock
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 100 ml oil
Shrimp in tamarind sauce ingredients
What you will need.


  1. Mix the shallot slices with the corn flour, heat the oil in a wok and deep fry until crispy (keep the oil for the next stages).
  2. Heat some of the oil and fry the shrimps for one minute, then drain and set them to one side.
  3. Heat some more of the oil and add some of the shallots. Then add the tamarind paste, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, stock, palm sugar and fish sauce and fry a little mixing well.
  4. Add the chilli, shrimp and coriander and fry for a few minutes, stirring well. Remove from the heat and serve.

To Serve

Serve the shrimps, topped with the crispy shallots on a plate with steamed Jasmine rice.

Hope you enjoy my Gung Pad Rakam by Apple 🍎 Riverside Thai Cooking in Khao Lak.

3 thoughts on “Fried Shrimp in Tamarind Sauce”

  1. Thank you Apple I love receiving your recipes and cooking them.
    Hope you and your family are well as we are.
    Hope to see you in February/March next year
    Best regards

    • Hi Liz, lovely to hear from you. We are all well here in Khao Lak, just getting really, really bored not being able to do any cooking classes right now. Hope all is well with you in Hull 🙂

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