Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters (Ukoy) Recipe

This popular Filipino street food combines the savory flavors of shrimp and the freshness of vegetables, creating a delicious and crispy fritter. Served with a vinegar dipping sauce, it’s a perfect snack or appetizer.


  • 1 cup of tiny shrimp, stripped of shells and veins.
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato, peeled and julienned
  • 1/4 cup carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water (adjust as needed to achieve the right batter consistency)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
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For the Vinegar Dipping Sauce (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • A few chili flakes (optional for heat)


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a sizable bowl, blend together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and ground black pepper. Slowly pour in water while whisking until the mixture achieves a smooth consistency. The consistency should be slightly thicker than pancake batter; adjust by adding more water or flour as needed.
  2. Combine Ingredients:
    • To the batter, add the shrimp, bean sprouts, sweet potato, carrots, and green onions. Stir until the ingredients are well coated with the batter.
  3. Fry the Fritters:
    • Heat a good amount of vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, spoon the mixture into the oil, forming small patties. Gently press them down a bit using the back of the spoon.
    • Cook until they turn golden brown and crispy, approximately 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Fry in batches to prevent overcrowding the pan.
  4. Prepare the Dipping Sauce:
    • While the fritters are frying, mix together vinegar, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes (if using) in a small bowl. Adjust the seasonings to your taste.
  5. Serve:
    • Drain the fried fritters on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve hot with the vinegar dipping sauce on the side.

Enjoy your homemade Filipino shrimp and vegetable fritters, a crispy and flavorful treat that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends!