Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)

Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong) is a hot and sour shrimp salad served cold, and makes a perfect light summer dinner salad.
Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)

Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Today I am sharing yet another Thai salad for #FishFriday. This is the perfect time of year for me to enjoy Thai food and salads especially, as the spicy nature is quite cooling.

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Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)You may find the name of this to be similar to Tom Yum Goong soup which is hot and sour shrimp soup. Tom actually means boiled or soup. So you can see that without that word it implies something cold, as this hot and sour shrimp salad is.

This particular salad is the first kind of Thai food I had ever eaten, a very long time ago at a restaurant in Melbourne Florida. I was in love with it instantly (and still am today although I make it now myself). And it is quite easy to make as well using precooked shrimp.

As is typical of Thai food, it embodies four distinct flavors: hot, sour, salty and sweet. These balance on the palate for perfect enjoyment of this kind of cuisine. The hot is represented by the fiery Thai chilies. Next, sour will generally be seen as the vinegar or in other dishes, as lime. Then salty is the fish sauce, of course, which is made of fermented anchovies. And sweet would be the brown sugar (or palm sugar typically used in Asia).
Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)

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Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)

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Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad (Yam Goong)

Sue Lau
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Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 2
Calories 442 kcal


  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces iceberg lettuce
  • 12 ounces large cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1/2 ounce shredded fresh ginger
  • 1 ounce thinly sliced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemongrass
  • 1-2 fresh Thai chilies thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup roasted chopped peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste


  • Whisk together the water, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, fish sauce and garlic.
  • Place lettuce in a dinner sized salad bowl (or on a plate) and arrange shrimp and other salad ingredients on top.
  • Pour dressing over and serve.


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Serving: 1gCalories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 38gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 2004mgPotassium: 2101mgFiber: 8gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 3042IUVitamin C: 183mgCalcium: 555mgIron: 15mg
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    • Thanks! Sidsel hosted this month. I just started the title post because there wasn’t one and I didn’t want to forget to add in.

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