Recipe: Tôm Kho Tàu – Prawns in Roe Sauce

Tôm Kho Tàu - Prawns in Roe Sauce

By Helen Le Published: June 29, 2013

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 25 mins

  • Yield: 4 Servings

A sweet and savory dish with prawns simmered in roe sauce. It goes perfect with hot steamed rice.

  • To prepare the prawns, use kitchen scissors to trim off the tip of the head, the claws and the legs. Peel off the shell but leave the tail on for presentation. Make a shallow cut along the prawn's back and remove the black line. Make a shallow cut along the upper part of the prawn's head to open. Scoop out the orange creamy stuff (It's called "gach tom" or roe) and save it in a small bowl. Keep the prawns still half-frozen when you do this step. That helps the roe solid like butter and it is easier to remove. Place the peeled and deveined prawns in a large bowl.
  • In a pan over medium heat, add cooking oil, then sautée the garlic, spring onion and ginger until fragrant. Add sugar and annatto seed powder / paprika powder. Stir well to dissolve sugar. Turn off the heat and add the sauteed garlic, onion and ginger to the large bowl with prawns. Save some hot oil in the pan. Season the prawns with salt, pepper, chicken stock, sugar and fish sauce. Mix well, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes for until ready to serve.Also season the roe with salt and pepper. Add lime juice and the reserved hot oil. Stir well to loosen.
  • 10 minutes before serving, place the marinaded prawns in a claypot, add the marinade, and spread the orange roe paste over the prawns. Cover and simmer on medium heat for 6-7 minutes, or until the prawns change their color to orange. You can also microwave for 5 minutes at 700W. Please adjust the cooking time based on the size of your prawns and the power level of your microwave, but take note that shrimps/prawns in general take very short time to cook. Serve with hot steamed rice and cooked vegetables.

Note: If your prawns don’t have much roe, you can buy a jar of “gach tom xao dau an” (Shrimp paste with soya bean oil) at Asian store or at

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