Shrimp Paste

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shrimp paste

Gapi   กะปิ

Shrimp paste is not only made from shrimp. Small fish, small prawn and krill can be used to make shrimp paste. Shrimp paste is made by mixing salt with either shrimp or fish or both. The mixture is stored overnight and drained and sun dried. The dried mixture is ground and packed in an earthen container.

The shrimp paste that you can find in an Asian market comes in a plastic container. Scoop out the wax on top of the jar. I think the wax prevents the pungent smell from escaping.

A good shrimp paste should be dark deep purple almost brown in color.  It should be smooth and pasty on the dry side.  

Recipes made with shrimp paste

  • mackerel with chili sauce

    Mackerel with Chili Sauce

    Nam Prig Pla Tuu

    Mackerel and fresh vegetables with a shrimp paste sauce.

  • spicy vegetable soup

    Spicy Vegetable Soup

    Gang Leang

    Clear, spicy vegetable soup

  • green curry paste

    Green Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Kiew Wan

    Spicy green curry paste made with fresh Thai green chili peppers.

  • southern sour curry paste

    Southern Sour Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Som Tai

    Fiery hot curry paste for southern sour curry.

  • basic red curry paste

    Basic Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Kua

    Basic Red Curry Paste or Prig Gang Kua is the most basic curry paste.

  • red curry paste

    Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Ped

    Aromatic curry paste made with Thai fresh and dry spices

  • massaman curry paste

    Massaman Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Mussamun

    Homemade fragrant Massaman Curry Paste filled with roasted spices

  • chili paste

    Chili Paste

    Nam Prig Pud/Nam Prig Pow

    Thai chili paste made with Thai spices and stir fried. Dark thick body with red oil. Great with tom yum goong or vegetables and rice.

  • roasted chili paste

    Roasted Chili Paste

    Nam Prig Pow/Nam Prig Dang

    Chili paste made with roasted Thai spices.

  • southern red curry paste

    Southern Red Curry Paste

    Prig Gang KuaTai

    Bright red and very spicy hot curry paste from southern Thailand.

  • shrimp paste rice

    Shrimp Paste Rice

    Kow Klook Gapi

    Rice mixed with shrimp paste spiced with shreded green mango and shallots served with fried egg, sweetened pork.

  • sour curry paste

    Sour Curry Paste

    Prig Gang Som

    Sour curry paste, the base of all Thai curry pastes

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