Vietnamese Coconut-Caramel Shrimp (Tom Rim)

This is a Vietnamese caramelized shrimp dish called Tom Rim that is both sweet and savory at the same time! It's made with a simple syrup and some fish sauce. Super easy, super quick! Serve it with bowls of rice and you'll have your very own authentic taste of Vietnam at home.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ cup coconut water

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 dash sesame oil

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Clean the shrimp by placing them in a bowl and rinsing them with water. Drain. Add salt and rub into shrimp thoroughly. Rinse well again. Set aside for 15 minutes.

  2. Heat sugar in a heavy pot over medium-low heat and stir until melted. Once sugar begins to caramelize, pour in coconut water, using caution so it does not splatter. Pour in maple syrup. Stir until sugar syrup is well combined and smooth. Remove pot from heat and set aside.

  3. Warm olive oil and sesame oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook until shallot is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add fish sauce and sugar syrup; stir for 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Add shrimp to the saucepan and cook, turning them in the syrup, until shrimp turn pink and are well cooked, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle chives over shrimp.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
9g Fat
12g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 2477mg 108%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 325mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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