Ebi Mayo

Ebi Mayo is a fantastic appetizer that is extremely easy to make, delicious, but strangely, very hard to find in American cities I've visited. Considering that, this is a great dish to show off to friends who may have never heard of it before. Please let me know if you have seen or eaten it in your city!

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 15 minutes


  • 12 ebi (shrimp or prawns), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup Japanese sake
  • 5 tbsp katakuriko (or corn starch)
  • Cooking oil
Spices (for sauce)
  • 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise, such as Kewpie
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp catsup
  • 2 tsp honey (or sugar)
  1. Marinate peeled and deveined shrimp in sake for 2-3 minutes
  2. Dredge shrimp in katakuriko and fry in pan with about 1/4" oil until cooked and golden brown (about 2 mins per side). Remove and transfer to paper towel. Pat to remove excess oil
  3. Mix spices for sauce together, coat shrimp with mixture and serve


  1. Is there something special about the Japanese mayonnaise that is different from what I'd find in the brands we have in America?

  2. The most obvious difference between American mayonnaise and Japanese mayonnaise is taste. I believe the American brands use corn syrup and white vinegar, while Japanese either use sugar or no sweetener at all, rice vinegar, and MSG. I'd say Japanese mayonnaise is better suited for sauces, while American mayonnaise is best for sandwiches. Kewpie is very, very creamy and should be used in moderation, but it tastes great!

  3. Thank you Mai! I want to try this out as well and its good to know this information.


  4. I made this tonight!!!!! Again, it turned out great and delicious, just like the other recipes that you have posted! Thank you so much. What else can I make with Kewpie? Both my husband and I love the dipping sauce. Can I serve the sauce with something else? Any suggestions?

    Thanks again for taking the time to answer all my extra questions!!!

  5. I'm happy that you like it! You can use Kewpie mayonnaise for many things. It is also good for stir fry, or grilled chicken/pork. Just add kewpie, salt, and pepper. It's also good in scrambled eggs, or mixed with crushed, hard boiled eggs for a sandwich!

  6. I've seen a lot of seafood incorporating mayonnaise into the dishes. I've seen it on shrimp and especially on fish. It's not surprising, since tartar sauce (used a lot for dipping seafood) is composed mostly of mayo. Nice blog. Thanks.

  7. Yes, I think mayonnaise is good with seafood!! I hope you will try some of these recipes!