Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Spicy Ebi Fry


The last time I made spaghetti Aglio Olio was around last year. I felt like making another version of this pasta after I ate a beautiful Japanese-style pasta - Spaghetti with Ebi mentaiko, in a Japanese restaurant during my holiday in Jakarta some time ago. The pasta was so simple but tasted heavenly...!

This spaghetti aglio olio with spicy ebi fry is inspired by the pasta which I had in Jakarta. Since I cannot find mentaiko (marinated pollock roe) here, I was looking for another spicy and creamy alternative - the answer was quite simple: spicy mayonnaise ;)! The Japanese love their mayo, so I thought, why shouldn't I give it a try?

I wasn't wrong, ebi fry (fried panko coated shrimps) with spicy mayo together with spaghetti aglio olio taste wonderful together! In Germany I always use the brand Thomi for mayonnaise. I think it has the closest consistency and flavour to Japanese mayonnaise. Thomi has got chili mayo too available in stores - and this chili mayo from Thomi is the mayo which I used. If you cannot find spicy mayo in your local supermarket, you can make your own spicy mayo by combining chili sauce (e.g Sriracha chili sauce) with, if possible, Japanese mayonnaise (e.g. Kewpie)

Ebi Fry
  • 12 large shrimps
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Set the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in three different shallow bowls.
  • Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to the egg bowl and mix well.
  • One at a time, dredge the shrimp in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs.
  • Repeat step 3 one more time (optional).
  • Deep-fry the shrimps until golden brown.
Japanese-style Spaghetti Aglio Olio - serves 2
  • 200 grams spaghetti, cooked to al dente
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1- 2 seeded bird's eye chilies, sliced thinly
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Combine olive oil, garlic, chili and red pepper flakes in a skillet and cook under low heat for 8 - 10 minutes. The garlic should be golden brown and not burned.
  • Add salt, pepper, chopped green onions and parsley and cook for another 1 minute.
  • Toss in the cooked spaghetti and soy sauce and mix thoroughly that the pasta is well coated with the oil.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with ebi fry topped with spicy mayonnaise. You can also add other things such as cocktail shrimps, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.

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  1. YUM! I love spicy anything! That spaghetti sounds delicious and its super fun to say! Aglio Olio Aglio Olio Aglio Olio :)

  2. Brilliant recipe! Love the idea and shall be making it soon :) Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend dear!

  3. Makes me drool,feel like having some..

  4. heheheh you had some pasta at waraku?

  5. I like this balance of Itlaian and Asian. Great idea!

  6. udah lama ga masak nih ya ? heheee
    kbr nya gmn Sin ?

  7. What a colorful and delicious looking spaghetti. Great looking meal .Already feeling hungry.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. I've always heard of Aglio Olio but never try before. Maybe I should try cooking this some day! I always make my own spicy mayo (chilli sauce+mayo sauce) and I LOVE it so much! Perfect! ;D

  9. Spaghetti aglio olio, if well made, are a pure delight, and the Japanese version sounds fantastic too. Thanks for the wonderful fusion dish idea!

  10. Looks nice and appetizing... love the blend of colours on the dish. I think the prawns will taste awesome, the way you've cooked it.

  11. this looks delicious! I love Japanese style pasta too btw hehe

  12. What a great combination of tastes and flavors! Yummy!

  13. japanese style spaghetti sounds perfect for my parents. they love fusion cuisine! or any way to make international dishes "asian like" :)

  14. what a nice idea to have those ebi served with spicy mayonnaise! i have seen wasabi kind of mayonnaise being sold here..i think it's the same thing.

  15. Looks so delicious! I have never tried Spaghetti done in Japanese style before. Thanks for sharing!

  16. This looks like an ususual but really nice combination! :)

  17. Oh too bad you can't get mentaiko. :-( I love mentaiko or tarako pasta. I guess it only sells in a Japanese supermarket. Spicy mayonnaise sounds fun and I bet my husband would love that! Your pasta looks yummy!