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Shrimp in Kimonos


IMG_6534What could be a more festive starter than shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, tied with chives and smothered in a spicy maple sauce? As I made these, knotting the chives across the prosciutto-wrapped shrimp reminded me of tying an obi over a kimono during festivals in Japan. I think these would be great for entertaining — These little lovelies come dressed for your holiday party and are sure to please with their savory-sweet taste.

Shrimp in Kimonos

  • 20 or so frozen pre-cooked shrimp, shells removed except for the tail
  • Prosciutto (I used 4 long strips cut into 5 strips each)
  • 20 chives, plus extras
  • 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili sauce such as sambal oelek (optional, to taste)
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions: Thaw the frozen shrimp in cold water for about 30 minutes and drain well. Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Cut the prosciutto to size — about 1 inch by 3 inches — and wrap around the shrimp. Secure by winding a chive around each one and tying a simple knot (I had a few chives break from pulling them too hard — try to gently pull). Cut the excess chives off after letting a little bit drape out of the knot. Place each kimono-clad shrimp in a small roasting pan as you go. In a small pot over low heat, warm the butter, maple syrup, and hot sauce and reduce slightly (watch and stir to ensure it doesn’t burn). Pour the sauce over the shrimp, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, and roast for 6-8 minutes, or just long enough to warm through and start caramelizing the sauce. Serve with toothpicks or let people pick them up by the tails. Enjoy!


Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

14 thoughts on “Shrimp in Kimonos

  1. Yum! Sounds like a good Christmas appetizer!

  2. These sound wonderful, really a great appetizer or tapas. The sauce sound delicious.

  3. What a lovely name for the appetizers! 😀 So presentable a~nd delectable!!! 😛

  4. Wow a cool idea!! Love it, and they look super delicious too! 😉

  5. LOVE the idea of shrimp in kimonos! Very creative. And they look delicious to boot!

  6. How cute, these are like little presents. I’m reading the book ‘Snow Country’ and just learned what an Obi was yesterday, so I was really glad to see the word materialize in my reader this morning. Happy holidays!

    • Thanks and I’m so glad you stopped by and commented because I just discovered your blog, and it’s amazing. I LOVE your writing style, your voice, and I look forward to reading and seeing more. How funny you just read about an obi and ran across it here. Well I’m glad you did. Are you enjoying “Snow Country” by the way? I haven’t read a good Japanese novel in a while, maybe this one would be a good read for the winter? Happy Holidays to you too!

      • I’m really enjoying it, although it’s kind of tempting the travel bug in me to run away! The writing is both elegant and sparse, which is something I really like about Japanese writing. Thank you for following my blog, I am trying my hardest to stay diligent in its upkeep, so inspiring feedback like yours is really helpful. Cheerio


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