Volcano shrimp is a spicy and crispy dish that will make your taste buds explode with flavor. It’s easy to make and perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. Here’s how you can make it at home.
- 1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- Oil for frying
- 2 tablespoons of chopped scallions
- Sesame seeds or chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)
For the volcano sauce:
- 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of sriracha
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- To make the volcano sauce, combine the buffalo sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, honey, sriracha, and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
- Stir in the butter, red pepper flakes, and parsley and remove from the heat. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
- To make the shrimp, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Coat each shrimp with the flour mixture and shake off any excess.
- Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F. Fry the shrimp in batches for about 3 minutes per side or until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels.
- Toss the shrimp with the volcano sauce and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds or peanuts if desired. Serve hot with rice and broccoli or your favorite side dish.
- Adding some cornstarch to the volcano sauce will make it thicker and stickier. This will help coat the shrimp better and give them more flavor.
- Using panko breadcrumbs instead of flour and cornstarch for the shrimp coating will make them more crunchy and airy.
- Adding some lemon juice or zest to the volcano sauce will balance out the spiciness and sweetness. This will also add some freshness and brightness to the dish.
- Using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for frying the shrimp will add some tropical flavor and aroma to the dish.
- Garnishing the dish with some fresh cilantro or mint leaves will add some extra color and herbiness. This will also complement the flavors of the volcano sauce.