Japanese Inspired Loaded Fries

Japanese Inspired Loaded Fries

Japanese Loaded Fries with wasabi-mayo, seaweed flakes & panko-fried shrimp

Japanese Cuisine Inspired Loaded Fries

With a blog named like this, a recipe for fries was bound to come up soon or later, right? I didn’t want to kick off with just any ordinary fries recipe, so I decided to go with the so-called Japanese ‘Shaka Shaka Fries’ with Panko battered shrimp and wasabi mayonnaise.

Shaka Shaka Fries (シャカシャカポテト) are just regular fries that come with a paper bag and a sachet of spices. You are supposed to toss the fries and the spices in the paper bag and give them a good shake to cover the fries with the spices. Hence the shaka shaka, referring to the sound of shaking the filled bag.

Serves: 2   |  Prep Time: 10 mins  |  Cook Time: 12 mins  | Total: 22 mins
Cooking & Kitchen Supplies: air fryer  frying pan  |  big mixing bowl  |  3 small plates


  • 400g store-bought fresh french fries (suitable for the air fryer)
  • 150g precooked shrimp
  • 4 tbsp dried seaweed flakes
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 medium egg
  • about 6 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • about 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 spring onions
  • sunflower oil
  • ground sea salt

Homemade Wasabi Mayonnaise

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise (preferably Kewpie)
  • Wasabi paste to taste
  • optional: 1/2 tsp sesame oil

I tried to get Shaka Shaka Fries at McDonald’s while I was in Japan, but unfortunately, they didn’t have them at the one I went to. I was really forward to them! Later that night however, we got them at the Okawari Bar Crawl in the Kichijōji district in Tokyo. They were absolutely amazing and without a doubt way better than the ones McDonald’s would’ve served us. It also taught me something else though, your Japanese Inspired Loaded fries will go really well with a drink!

How to make Japanese Inspired Loaded Fries with Wasabi Mayonnaise

  1. Fry your fresh french fries in the air fryer according to the package (this will probably take around 12 minutes). Take out your fries at around 6 minutes to toss them around in a bowl and coat them in the dried seaweed flakes, sesame seeds & a bit of salt. Then continue to fry them until they are golden & crispy.
  2. In the meantime, marinate your shrimp for a couple of minutes in the soy sauce.
  3. Prepare 3 plates for coating the shrimp, 1 with a beaten egg in the middle, 1 with sifted flour & 1 with the panko. 
  4. Batter your shrimp one by one with the egg, then the flour, then once more with the egg mixture, and lastly with the panko.
  5. Heat a frying pan with a generous amount of sunflower oil until it is hot and fry the panko battered shrimps until golden.
  6. Place the fried shrimp on a wire rack or a sheet of kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil & keep them crispy.
  7. Combine your mayonnaise, wasabi paste & sesame oil in a small bowl and mix well. Serve with the fries later on.
  8. Combine all the ingredients on a plate. Start with the fries on the bottom, add a little more seaweed flakes or sesame seeds if needed. Then put the fried shrimp on top.
  9. Cut your spring onions & sprinkle them on top along with a drizzle of mayonnaise.
  10. Dig in, itadakimasu!

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