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
How to make Japanese Inspired Loaded Fries with Wasabi Mayonnaise
- 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.
- In the meantime, marinate your shrimp for a couple of minutes in the soy sauce.
- Prepare 3 plates for coating the shrimp, 1 with a beaten egg in the middle, 1 with sifted flour & 1 with the panko.
- Batter your shrimp one by one with the egg, then the flour, then once more with the egg mixture, and lastly with the panko.
- Heat a frying pan with a generous amount of sunflower oil until it is hot and fry the panko battered shrimps until golden.
- Place the fried shrimp on a wire rack or a sheet of kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil & keep them crispy.
- Combine your mayonnaise, wasabi paste & sesame oil in a small bowl and mix well. Serve with the fries later on.
- 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.
- Cut your spring onions & sprinkle them on top along with a drizzle of mayonnaise.
- Dig in, itadakimasu!