Thai Shrimp Salad (Shrimp Yum Goong)

Thai shrimp salad recipe

The Spruce / Cat Lau

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 servings

Thai shrimp salad—also known as Shrimp Yum Goong—is a refreshing dish that can be made quickly and easily. There are many varieties to these kinds of salads, but the herbs, aromatics, and dressing stay the same. The proteins in these salads are usually seafood and pork. Feel free to add vermicelli noodles to this dish as it adds more body to this salad and absorbs all the juices and dressing of the sauce very well.

The flavors that make Thai salads are spicy, sour, sweet, and salty. You can adjust the flavors to your liking. The fresh herbs give this dish its bright and delicious flavors. Try this easy recipe for a light and healthy lunch or dinner.


  • 8 to 10 shrimp
  • 4-ounces pork (minced)
  • 3 to 4 sprigs of cilantro (chopped)
  • 3 spring onions (chopped)
  • 1/2 onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup celery leaves (chopped)
  • 2 to 3 birds eye chili (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Serving suggestion: Thai jasmine rice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Warm a small pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and let them cook on one side without browning. Once one side begins to turn opaque, flip them over until they are cooked all the way through. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside to cool.

  3. In the same pan over medium heat, add the minced pork and stir until cooked. Don't let the meat brown. Reserve the pork and juices on a plate and set aside to cool.

  4. In a medium-sized bowl, add the shrimp, minced pork, cilantro, spring onion, onion, celery leaves, and chili. Stir until well incorporated.

  5. In a small bowl combine the fish sauce, lime, and sugar. Stir together until the sugar dissolves completely.

  6. Add the dressing to the ingredients in the medium bowl and give it a good mix.

  7. Serve immediately with Thai jasmine rice. Feel free to add more fish sauce, lime juice, or chili to the dish to taste.