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Belacan, Shrimp paste

How to Dry Roast Shrimp Paste

  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


How to dry roast shrimp paste, or belacan, before using in recipes.


  • Shrimp paste as called for in the recipe.


  1. Place the shrimp paste in a small frying pan on medium-low heat to roast.
  2. Flatten it as much as you can to get as much of the surface area roasted as possible. Scrape off bits that stick on your spatula and add back to the pan.
  3. Roast it on the medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. You’ll start getting a really strong odour, and when you think you can’t take it anymore, it’s done! But seriously, if you’re not sure, give it 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on it, take it off before it burns, when it looks nicely charred, and is a lighter brown than the uncooked paste.
  • Category: Ingredients
  • Cuisine: South East Asian