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Ukoy Recipe - Filipino Shrimp Fritters

Get this easy Ukoy recipe, Filipino crunchy shrimp fritters using sweet potato. A popular Filipino snack that can also be served as an appetizer or main dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: filipino shrimp fritters, ukoy recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Bebs


  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt - adjust to your preference
  • 1 teaspoon annatto/achuete powder (can be more or less)
  • 1 cups small shrimps + some for toppings
  • 2 cups grated sweet potatoes
  • oil - for frying
  • spiced vinegar - for dipping


  • In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt and ground pepper. Add the water and whisk together until well-blended and smooth. Stir in annatto/achuete powder to the mixture and mix well until color is evenly distributed.
  • Add 1 cup shrimps and grated sweet potato in the mixture and lightly stir to distribute.
  • Heat oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Fill a small saucer evenly with about 2-3 tablespoon of the mixture and add 2-3 more shrimps on top. Gently tilt the saucer to slide the mixture into the hot oil and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown.
  • Transfer the deep-fried ukoy in a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • Serve while still hot with spiced vinegar.



Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4715IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.8mg