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Authentic shrimp mi-xao recipe - a Malagasy twist

Authentic shrimp mi-xao recipe: a Malagasy twist

I seem to have been glued to my laptop since I started blogging again. There are so many delicious Malagasy dishes that I want to share with you. One of my favorite dishes to serve during the holidays is the tasty shrimp mi-xao (misao gasy) dish. The fragrant butter-sautéed garlic filled my kitchen with the aroma of a Chinese restaurant for a while, but when I added the soy sauce, it didn’t last long.

Shrimp mi-xao is quick and easy to prepare, especially when shrimp season rolls around. We usually have a feast of shrimp dishes, and I always make a huge plate of mi-xao to fill everyone’s bellies. Cooking with your own hands is always a real pleasure.


You’ll need either a packet of thick Malagasy noodles or 500g of spaghetti, brown sugar, soy sauce, butter, finely chopped garlic and coriander, peeled and deveined large shrimp, and optionally grated cheese as well as carrots and zucchinis to taste. First cook the noodles or spaghetti. Then mix the brown sugar with the soy sauce in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat and add the garlic, cooking until fragrant. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until they turn pink. Next, put in the brown sugar mixture and stir until it thickens slightly. Toss in the cooked noodles or spaghetti along with the coriander and any optional vegetables you’d like to include. Sprinkle with grated cheese if desired before serving hot.

Preparing the shrimp mi-xao recipe

To cook the noodles, you should aim for them to be “al dente”, which means they are cooked just enough so they are not too hard or too soft. If using spaghetti, cook them until tender and then drain without rinsing. For gasy pasta, boil in water and cook until al dente, then rinse with cold water and drain.

Next, prepare the sauce by mixing soy sauce and brown sugar together. Set aside.

In a hot pan, sauté the shrimp for about a minute on each side until they turn pink and slightly browned at the edges. Then remove from the pan and set aside.

Using the same pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic. Sauté until fragrant before adding the prepared sauce. Stir quickly and avoid overcooking to prevent it from becoming too salty.

Add the noodles to the pan and stir rapidly to coat them with sauce for about a minute. It’s also tasty with some grated cheese added in! Then mix in the shrimp and coriander.

Serve your delicious shrimp mi-xao on a plate – bon appétit!

This dish is more than just a Malagasy specialty; it’s an invitation to enjoy a delightful feast enriched with enticing aromas of sautéed garlic and soy sauce. Whether it’s for holidays, celebrations or simply when craving something delicious, this quick and easy recipe ignites taste buds while bringing people together over a delectable dish.

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