Shrimp with Oyster Sauce

This Shrimp with Oyster Sauce recipe is really simple to make and thus tasty. Full shrimp are cooked in a sweet and exquisite sauce for finger-licking goodness. Wonderful with steamed rice!

Table Of Contents

  • Ingredient notes
  • Helpful tips
  • How to serve and store
  • More shrimp recipes
  • Shrimp with Oyster Sauce

My mother was not one you’d find puttering around in the kitchen. She kept a very immaculate house but mostly left preparing everyday meals for the household.

When I was growing up, her cooking was more like a special occasion than a regular occurrence. But although she didn’t cook often, she did have a repertoire of special recipes up her sleeves.

Call me biased but I have yet to find one shrimp dish that can beat my mom’s shrimp with oyster sauce. And I say that even with twenty-plus of my very own shrimp recipes here on the blog.

Shrimp with Oyster Sauce


Her recipe is one of the easiest and simplest dishes you can make but is full of finger-licking goodness. It requires basic pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand and takes under 30 minutes from prep to dinner!

Ingredient notes

Shrimp– use head-on, shell-on shrimp for best results. I used a large 31/35 count in the recipe.

Aromatics– onions and garlic

Fish sauce– adds an umami taste

Tomato sauce– thickens the sauce and enhances the flavor

Oyster sauce– a rich, syruplike condiment that adds a slightly sweet and salty taste.

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Helpful Tips

  • Drain the shrimp well before cooking or you’ll end up with way more liquid. This is a sort of “dry” dish with the sauce mostly clinging onto the shrimp.
  • Do not overcrowd lest they turn tough and hard to peel.
  • Shrimp with oyster sauce is delicious as a main dish with steamed rice. Perfect for kamayan!
  • Store leftovers in a container with a lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until warmed through.

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Shrimp with Oyster Sauce

Shrimp with oyster sauce is the easiest and simplest dish you can make. It’s coated with a sweet and savory sauce for the ultimate flavor. Finger-licking delicious with steamed rice!


  • 1pound large shrimp, shell, and head on
  • 1tablespoon canola oil
  • 1onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 4cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2cup tomato sauce
  • 2tablespoons oyster sauce
  • salt to taste


  • Using scissors, trim shrimp of tendrils. Wash and drain very well.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
  • Add fish sauce and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce and allow to simmer until reduced and thickened.
  • Add shrimp and continue to cook, stirring to combine, until coated with tomato sauce and color has turned pink.
  • Add oyster sauce and continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp are cooked and sauce clings to shrimps.
  • Season with salt to taste. Serve hot.


Drain the shrimp well before cooking or you’ll end up with way more liquid. This is a sort of “dry” dish with the sauce mostly clinging onto the shrimp.



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