Close-up photo of a plate of sizzling Bap xao, a popular Vietnamese stir-fried corn dish. The dish features golden kernels of corn sautéed with dried shrimps and scallions

Bắp Xào – Vietnamese Sautéed Corn with Dried Shrimps

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Bắp Xào is a cherished “after school snack” in Southern Vietnam. As a child, I eagerly rushed to street hawkers after school with friends to buy this tasty snack.

Each bite is a delicious combination of sweet corn, savory dried shrimps, and buttery richness, creating a delightful and lasting taste in my memory.

Close-up photo of a plate of sizzling Bap xao, a popular Vietnamese stir-fried corn dish. The dish features golden kernels of corn sautéed with dried shrimps and scallions

❤️ Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy to make: basic ingredients available at your local grocery stores and Asian markets.
  • An exotic and flavorful way to enjoy corn. The combination of the sweetness of the corn and the umami flavor of the dried shrimps creates a delightful and irresistible flavors. You could enjoy it as a side dish or a tasty snack.
  • An amazing representation of Vietnamese street food culture. Street food is an integral part of Vietnamese cuisine. With this recipe, you can experience authentic Vietnamese street food right in your own home.

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🌽 Ingredients

  • Canned corn: The best option is fresh corn. In Vietnam, people prefer waxy corn to sweet corn for cooking this dish. However, canned sweet corn is a convenient option when fresh corn or waxy corn is not available. Make sure to drain well the corn before using it in the recipe.
  • Dried shrimps: On the left, you’ll find the small dried shrimps (tép khô), already seasoned and ready to use without cooking. On the right (tôm khô), the regular dried shrimps require soaking for 2 hours and chopping into small pieces before use.
  • Butter and cooking oil: in Vietnam, magarine is much more popular for this dish. However, butter is a healthier choice. I add butter at the end to enhance the flavor and the aroma of the dish.
  • Fish sauce: a staple ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Adjust the fish sauce at the end of cooking because the dried shrimps are already salty.
  • Scallions: They not only add an appetizing color to the dish but also provide an additional taste that makes it even more delicious and tempting.

📝 Instructions

  • In a pan or a sauce pan, heat up the cooking oil. Add the white part of scallions and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
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  • Add the canned corn to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
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  • Add the dried shrimps to the pan and sauté for other 2-3 minutes until they’re fragrant.
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  • Adjust the fish sauce to your taste and stir to combine.
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  • Add the green part of scallions and butter. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the flavors have melded together and the dish is heated through.
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  • Transfer the sautéed corn to a serving dish. Drizzle some Sriracha sauce to enhance the flavor.
Close-up photo of a plate of sizzling Bap xao, a popular Vietnamese stir-fried corn dish. The dish features golden kernels of corn sautéed with dried shrimps and scallions
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

📹 Instructional Video

🌟 Helpful Tips

  • If you use fresh corn, prior to cooking, boil the corn kernels for 15-20 minutes and drain all excess water.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste with fish sauce and sugar.
  • If you want to spice up the dish, add some chili flakes.
  • For a vegetarian version, omit the dried shrimps and use soy sauce instead of fish sauce. It’s still very yummy.

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Close-up photo of a plate of sizzling Bap xao, a popular Vietnamese stir-fried corn dish. The dish features golden kernels of corn sautéed with dried shrimps, scallions and butter

Bắp Xào – Vietnamese Sautéed Corn with Dried Shrimps

Bap Xao is a popular street food in Southern Vietnam. Each bite is a delicious combination of sweet corn, savory dried shrimps, and buttery richness, leaving a satisfying taste for anyone.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 Pan
  • 1 Spatula (heat-resistant)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1 scallion (white and green parts, chopped)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Fish sauce (adjust to your taste)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the cooking oil in a pan or saucepan. Sauté the white part of scallions until fragrant, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the canned corn to the pan and continue sautéing for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the dried shrimps and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Adjust the fish sauce according to your preference and stir to mix well.
  • Incorporate the green part of scallions and butter. Cook for an extra 1-2 minutes until the flavors blend.
  • Transfer the sautéed corn to a serving dish and drizzle some Sriracha sauce for an enhanced flavor.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.
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