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Shrimp Chips

a close-up photo of a bowl of shrimp chips

Shrimp Chips, also called prawn crackers, are colorful fried chips often served at Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants as decor with dishes like crispy duck.

They have a slight sea/shrimp flavor and are usually made with a little food coloring for appeal.

three different colored shrimp chips - a pink, yellow, and green one.

The chips are actually something you can easily make at home. You can find the uncooked chips at Vietnamese and Chinese markets. They look something like this:
a package of prawn crackers used to make shrimp chips

prawn crackers before they are fried
Then all you need to do is fry them. If you’ve never fried them, it looks pretty cool. In seconds, they fully puff up before you eyes and then they are ready. I took a really quick video:

These are especially good to serve at a party in a big bowl, no need to put it on any fancy Chinese dishes.

shrimp chips in a white bowl

Shrimp Chips

Servings: 2
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Chinese, Vietnamese
Shrimp Chips, also called prawn crackers, are colorful fried chips often served at Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants as decor with dishes like crispy duck. 


  • 1 package uncooked prawn crackers/ shrimp chips
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying


  • Add enough oil into pot or work being used for frying so that it is at least 1 inch deep. Heat oil to medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully drop in a few chips. Within a few seconds they should heat up and expand. As soon as they open up and expand, immediately remove them from the oil, otherwise they will start to burn and lose their color. Repeat until you finish your box or reach desired amount you want to make.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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19 comments on “Shrimp Chips”

  1. Our Asian family always had these crackers stocked! They are extremely delicious!

  2. Where can i buy these shrimp chips from here in Louisiana? I really like em. Can i order them by mail?

    • if you have an asian grocery store, they usually sell them there. I’m sure there are online merchants as well but I have not purchased them online before

    • @James,
      Did you find out that the shrimp chips can be order. Oh, the way the world can’t get back to the norm. It might be Christmas 2022 before you get your order

  3. Deep fried Shrimp Chips are the best

  4. but why do they puff. I want to know why celephane noodle puff and these things do whats the science?

  5. Wow! Reminds me of my childhood. My mom used to buy these and make them for us as a special goodie. Brings back great food memories. Thanks, Kirbie, for posting! 🙂 Now I will definitely buy these to cook them for my family!

    • Aw, I’m so glad to read so many positive comments about evoking memories of childhood. that’s how it is for me too =)

  6. Oh, I loved those chips when I was a kid! In Filipino, those prawn crackers are called “kropek”. The unfried discs look like plastic! We used to love watching y parents fry up these chips. Even though they all tasted the same, no one wanted the plain white ones. The pink were the first to go!

  7. How funny, I just made them for the first time in a decade for my young kids who had never had them before. They were AMAZED to say the least and ate every crumb.

    • I looved these as a kid. Every once in a while, I get nostalgic and just make a batch for me and my siblings and husband.

  8. When I was in college, a friend said his mother used to make shrimp chips from scratch. I have the recipe somewhere, but I doubt that I’ll ever attempt it. I think I’ll fry some for New year, too!

    • You know, I was just wondering if people ever made them from scratch! i’ve never seen anyone do it and it sounds complicated. hehe

  9. Yes, these chips are my kids favorite when they were young.Haven’t made these for a long time since they grew up. I’d try to make some
    next week for Chinese New Year!

  10. The video reminds me of like a fast paced “grown your own boyfriend” doll or something similar to that haha. That’s cool – I didn’t know you could buy it and fry it yourself!

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