Simmered Shrimp えびのうま煮

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  • Simmered shrimp cooked in dashi soy sauce and soaked overnight, this beautiful dish adds a bright color and delicious flavor to your Osechi Ryori.

    Simmered Shrimp in a green plate.

    Why Japanese Eat Simmered Shrimp for The New Year

    Shrimp with bright vermillion color brings beauty into the Japanese New Year feast, Osechi Ryori.  This shrimp is always served with head and shell on for the “grand” look on the table.

    The reason why shrimp is used in Osechi Ryori is not just because of its beautiful looks, but it also signifies old people because shrimp has a mustache (We call “hige” (mustache in Japanese) but they are actually antennae) and is hunchbacked.  So eating shrimp is believed to impart a long life symbolizing a long beard and bent back.

    Simmered Shrimp on a green plate.

    3 Tips to Make Successful Simmered Shrimp

    1. Devein the Shrimp with Shell and Head-on

    Devein the back of shrimp with a skewer.  The vein runs right along the back. Insert the tip of the skewer sideways about ½ inch down from the head of the shrimp, and pull the skewer tip up towards you.

    This will lift up the vein and you can pull off the vein with the skewer or with your fingers. If the vein is broken, then insert again a bit lower towards the tail.  If you can’t find the vein, then don’t worry about it.

    Simmered Shrimp on plates.

    2. Do Not Overcook Simmered Shrimp

    Overcooked shrimp is not delicious and will end up dry and tough.  It’s important to cook the shrimp just right.  For the standard black tiger shrimp, you only need to cook them for 4 minutes, unless it’s much smaller or larger than the typical size.  So keep in mind that you will only need to cook between 3.5 to 5 minutes for the shrimp.

    Make sure to place all the shrimp in the pot around the same time, so all of them finish cooking at the same time as well.  If you spend too much time lining up shrimp in the saucepan, the first shrimp might be overcooked or the last shrimp is undercooked (depends on when you start timing).

    Simmered Shrimp on plates.

    3. Strain/Filter the Cooking Liquid for Simmered Shrimp

    If you are not a coffee drinker, you may not keep a coffee filter around.  But if you do, I highly recommend using a coffee filter or paper towel to filter the cooking liquid when you strain it.

    The cooking liquid contains fats and protein from the shrimp (despite the meticulous skimming while cooking).  As you will be soaking the shrimp in the cooking liquid overnight, the well-filtered clean cooking liquid will help the shrimp look beautiful as a final result.

    Simmered Shrimp on a plate.

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    Simmered Shrimp (えびのうま煮) for Japanese New Year Food (Osechi Ryori) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com
    Simmered Shrimp
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    8 hrs 15 mins
     
    Course: Main Course
    Servings: 5 shrimp
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    • 5 black tiger shrimp (shell and head-on, 4.4 oz or 125 g)
    • 1/2 cup sake (1/2 cup = 120 ml)
    • 1 Tbsp mirin
    • 1/2 cup dashi (1/2 cup = 120 ml)
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (Preferably light-colored "Usukuchi" soy sauce)
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients. You will need to start prepping on the 30th or 31st for New Year's feast.
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    Prepare Shrimp
    1. With shell/head-on, devein the shrimp (please follow the step 2 in this tutorial) and quickly rinse under cold running water. Cut off the pointy tip of head and antennas with a pair of kitchen shears (or knife). Cut off the tail at an angle for better presentation (optional).
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    Simmering
    1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup (120 ml) sake and 2 Tbsp. mirin. Turn on the heat and bring to boil over medium heat and let alcohol evaporate.
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    2. Add 1/2 cup (120 ml) dashi and 2 Tbsp. soy sauce and bring to boil.
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    3. Once boiling, lower the heat to simmer and place the shrimp in the sauce, bending and holding its back with chopsticks or a pair of tongs to create a shape of Hiragana “つ”. Add all the shrimp to cook at the same time so the cooking time will be similar.
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    4. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, skimming while cooking on low heat.
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    5. Once it’s cooked, immediately transfer the shrimp to a container, saving the cooking liquid.
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    6. Strain the cooking liquid, preferably over coffee filter or super fine mesh strainer, to remove the unwanted protein and fat (the final shrimp will look cleaner and prettier). Discard the filter and let the cooking liquid cool.
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    7. Once the cooking liquid is cool, pour over the shrimp. Do not pour the hot cooking liquid on to the shrimp, this will overcook the shrimp. Cover and soak for a few hours (at least) or overnight.
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    8. Serve it at cold or room temperature for Osechi Ryori, Chirashi Sushi or bento. Enjoy it within 3-4 days and make sure to store it in the refrigerator.
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

     

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