Filipino Shrimp

I am not sure how to properly title this excellent shrimp dish, but my wife wanted me to give it the name Filipino Shrimp, for a couple of reasons. First and foremost the recipe was given to me, and slightly tweaked, by my wife’s cousins, the Tayags. Years back we all gathered up in our cars and decided to spend a week at a lake house in northern Canada. Not only was this amazing in itself, but to come together with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, was, and always will be a blast. To start, the Tayags are pretty amazing in themselves, and stories always heard of how great a cook the father us, and the Mom, or as I know her as Auntie Cora, an amazing cook and former caterer herself. Lets just say, both my wife and I get excited when we see the Tayags, as they are just great people, through and through. The days and nights we gathered in and around the kitchen and cooked, and ate really delicious food, but there was one dish that I did not forget about, and that was a shrimp dish that our cousin Christel made. She was totally confident in cooking this dish so you know she had made it many times, and I don’t blame here for that as it is really killer, and I just remember, sitting there and eating this shrimp. Perfectly cooked, and just right in every sense. She used whole prawns, head on (which I enjoyed), and it was one of those fun dishes where you get to eat with your hands, get a bit messy, and it was just a real treat.

Filipino Shrimp Recipe

Not too long ago, I asked Christel if she would not mind sharing her recipe with me, and she responded with the ingredients. What I love about the response is that there were no measurements; no pound of this, no tablespoon of that, just the listing of ingredients, which is perfect for me, as I was able to experiment on many guests this past weekend.

Our other cousins, who recently moved down the road from us and who have been having dinner parties pretty much every weekend, had a dinner party to celebrate a visiting from Sunny, a lifelong friend, and relative. As I got word of the meal plan, I thought shrimp would be a nice offering for their guests. They all loved this shrimp dish, and it really brought back the great memories we had with everyone during that trip to Canada.


  • 2 lbs of medium to large shrimp, fresh, shell on, deveined, and slit down the back
  • 2 lemons
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of fresh flat leaf parsley, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of paprika

This is super simple, and goes quick which is great for any party.

Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil, and wait until the butter is fully melted. Toss in the garlic, and onions and cook for a couple of minutes. Toss in half of the parsley, and all of the paprika, and mix. Toss in the shrimp. Get your skillet wrist ready and give them a good toss to try and mix everything. Try the skillet toss again as it never hurts to practice that. Cook the shrimp until the flesh becomes opaque. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the shrimp, toss, and plate. Sprinkle a bit of paprika and the remaining parsley on the top, and serve with lemon wedges.

The other reason for giving the dish the name Filipino shrimp was due to the fact that when my wife thinks of the food of the Philippines, she thinks of all of the great shrimp she had there, and this really reminded her of that. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

4 thoughts to “Filipino Shrimp”

  1. I always think that the simplest shrimp dishes are the best — particularly when you can find seriously high quality shrimp. Do you have a favorite seafood perveyor in the Milwaukee area?

  2. Hi,
    What a small world…I stumbled on your website when I was searching for a pad see ew recipe, then saw your Filipino recipes (I’m also a filipino), kept reading your posts. You mentioned your wife’s relatives,the Tayags (A. Cora and ChristeL), from Canada. Guess what? If they are the same ones- A. Cora was married to my uncle Gundo and Christel is their daughter which makes her my 1st cousin.
    I also live in Wisconsin.

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