Fried until crunchy, these shrimp look a little like firecrackers, with the tails being the fuses. See make-ahead details (below) for ways to prep them before a party. Hong Pham, of ravenouscouple.com, gave us the recipe.
24 jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per lb.), deveined and peeled, tails left on
To keep shrimp straight, make several shallow crosswise nicks on their inner curved sides with a knife, being careful not to cut through shrimp. Put in a bowl.
Mix together salt, sugar, pepper, and garlic powder. Sprinkle onto shrimp and toss gently to coat.
Cut green onions into lengths roughly the same length of the shrimp and put in a small bowl. In another small bowl, mix cornstarch with 3 tbsp. water to make a thin paste. Stack 12 spring-roll wrappers, cut them in half diagonally into triangles, and cover with a damp kitchen towel to keep from drying out.
Pour enough oil into a 6-qt. pot to come 2 in. up sides and insert a deep-fry thermometer. Heat over medium-high heat to 375°.
Meanwhile, working with 1 triangular wrapper at a time, lay 1 piece of green onion and 1 shrimp on a narrower corner of wrapper, with tail of shrimp extending over edge. Brush opposite corner with cornstarch slurry. Tightly roll wrapper once over shrimp and green onion. Fold the middle point of the triangle over shrimp and green onion, then finish rolling to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers, shrimp, and green onions.
Fry shrimp 5 or 6 at a time until golden brown, about 5 minutes. With chopsticks or long tongs, transfer to rack set on a baking sheet. Let drain briefly, then serve hot, with Ginger Fish Sauce.
Make ahead: Through step 5, up to 6 hours, chilled (pat dry before frying), or 1 month frozen (fry straight out of freezer). You can also fry shrimp the day before and reheat 15 minutes in a 350° oven (does not work for shrimp fried from frozen--they toughen).
*Spring-roll wrappers made of wheat flour (rather than rice flour) are thinner and end up crisper than egg-roll wrappers; find at Asian grocery stores. That said, you can use egg-roll wrappers, but fry to a dark golden brown so they're crisp all the way through.
Just made these last night. They were very good.Used 3 1/2 square Won Ton wrapper, only cooked 3 minutes. Used 16-20 count shrimp, coated Won Ton wrapper with cornstarch slurry,and left out to dry before frying. For sauce used PACE picante sauce with alittle Heinz Tomato ketchup.
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