Shrimp, Crab & Prawn Oil Recipe By Chef Paul Hegeman

0 0
Shrimp, Crab & Prawn Oil Recipe By Chef Paul Hegeman

Share it on your social network:

Or you can just copy and share this url


1 kilogram Prawn, Shrimp, Crab, Lobster also works with bug heads & shells
1 Onion peeled and roughly chopped
1 carrot peeled and roughly chopped
1 stalk celery roughly chopped
2 Bay Leaves
4 sprigs thyme
1 tomato paste
1 litre Olive Oil
  • Medium




Next time you prepare a dish that leaves you with a lot of crustacean waste do not throw all those wonderful bits out. You can prepare a delicious prawn or shrimp oil, but you can also use crab, lobster, or bug heads and shells.

After you cook your first prawn or shrimp oil you will regret every time you did throw all that seafood out. With this oil in your fridge you will be able to add a beautiful richness to a plethora of dishes.

How to Prepare a Shrimp/ Prawn Oil (works with other seafood as well)

  1. Crack, break or chop the shells into pieces (approx the size of a thumb nail).
  2. In a large heavy based pot over high heat add a few tbsps of olive oil and sauté the carrot, onion and celery until soft.
  3. Add the shells and tomato paste and continue to cook a further 5-8 minutes.
  4. Carefully pour in the remaining oil, add the bay leaves and thyme, make sure that all the ingredients are covered in oil, you may need to add more than a litre depending on the shape and size of your pot.
  5. Leave on high heat for 5 minutes and then reduce to low and allow to cook for at least 3 hours.
  6. Turn off and allow to cool for at least 2 hours.
  7. Once cooled strain though a colander and allow solids to drain of all the oil.
  8. Discard the solids and strain the liquid through a fine chinois at least twice.
  9. Once oil is completely cooled down transfer it to a bottle and it will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of months.
  10. When using the oil in recipes you will need to remove it from the fridge about an hour before you need it so it can become liquid again.

Where to use Prawn or Shrimp Oil

  1. Use it as the oil called for in any seafood pasta dish, such as spaghetti vongole or linguine with squid.
  2. Toss it through any al’dente pasta along with a little chopped parsley.
  3. Drizzle it on top of any soup.
  4. Cook scrambled eggs with salmon in it.
  5. Once you understand the flavours in it, let your imagination run wild with where you use it.

Paul Hegeman

Paul is a personal Chef to exclusive Sydney clients and is also our most frequently contributing writer. Paul was born in The Netherlands and moved to Canada at a very young age. Experience with traditional European meals at home and the diverse multicultural influence of foods in Canada gave Paul a great appreciation for different culinary styles. Over the years Paul traveled extensively and worked at every level of professional kitchens, from the deep fryer in the local burger joint, to the Head Chef in Five Star Hotels. He now resides full time in Sydney, Australia with his wife and their children. You will find his recipes emphasize natural, uncomplicated flavours and fresh ingredients such as those found in Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisines.

Recipe Reviews

Average Rating:
Total Reviews: 5

Thank you so much for sharing this! I always knew those bits should not be thrown away, but I had no idea they could produce something so fine! I have been adding this oil to pizzas, soups, pasta, to plain white bread, and it's always great! Tasty, good-smelling, good for the environment, and brilliant!


Wow now I truly do regret throwing away all those bits in the oast, but I guess better late then never! This was actually very fun to make as I was very curious how it would turn out, and in the end i loved it! I've been using it with pasta so far, but I cant wait to try it with other foods too. Big thanks for this game-changer!


Don't ever throw away your seafood "waste". This oil is a great idea of granting your food a mediterranean spirit!


I came up against this recipe by chance and exactly like the author said was very sorry I have discovered this idea only now. This oil adds up so much flavour to seafood pasta and many other dishes


Funny I haven't made this. Will not miss it next time, cool idea, thanks!


Add Your Comment