Homemade Chinese Shrimp Balls 虾丸

For my western friends who have no idea what this is – it really is not too different from your meatballs except this is minced shrimps shaped into balls 😀

One thing I want to incorporate at our Chinese New Year Party is the Hot Pot or Steamboat and to me, fish balls is to Hot Pot like Cheese is to Fondue. It just feels odd without fish balls at my Chinese New Year dinner. I can get frozen fish balls here but they really dun taste as good as the fresh ones we get in the supermarkets in Singapore and I really didn’t want to treat my guests to sub par fish balls. I thought okay maybe I could make the fish balls myself .. I mean how hard can that be right? Lol

Oh well, too bad my town or nearby towns doesn’t the kind of fish I need to make yummy fish balls. Sure, I could drive 7 hours to Edmonton but hmmm if I’m already there, I might as well buy the fish balls instead of the fish to make it 😀

Then it occurred to me that why not make shrimp balls 🥰🥰.. they are as yummy and easier to make. So there we go 😀


  • Finely minced Shrimps (I use about 18 medium shrimps and mince it in my food processor)
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Dash of Ground Ginger (optional)
  • Dried chives (as much or as little as you like)
  • 3 tsp corn starch
Super Easy Peasy


  1. Combine all the ingredients and stir them until everything is well mixed
  2. They say to best stir them in one direction till well mixed but oh well, I forgot lol but they still tasted pretty good 😀
  3. Place covered in fridge for a few hours
  4. Boil some water or broth and while boiling, place the shrimp paste in by spoonful. I use a teaspoon but you can use a tablespoon and make the shrimp balls bigger. It really is your own personal preference.
  5. It cooks very fast and once the shrimp balls float to surface, they are done 🙂

I tried a few today and they tasted great! Now the challenge is to not finish them before my CNY Party LOL….These do freeze really well so for those of us who can’t just conveniently get fresh fish balls or prawn balls, this is a great alternative. Make a big batch and freeze them.

Are you all prepared for your Chinese New Year? I know I’m not but I’m definitely using any free time I have now to prep for our Chinese New Year.


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