SPOONFUL - Mantis Shrimp Kilawin with Candied Kamias

Kilawin is a antive Ilokano dish, very much similar to to South America's ceviche. It's main ingredient is fresh meat or seafood and is cooked using an acidic solution of vinegar or calamansi or a mixture of both. 


For this recipe, I decided to use Mantis shrimp or locally known as alupihang dagat. It's meat tastes and feels like shrimp but it resembles a small lobster or ulang.

 I also used Kamias instead of the usual green mango as ingredient to my kilawin for two reasons, one, we have a tree in our backyard and it's bearing a lot right now, and two, I like the fruity sourness of kamias better than green mango. I used a blanching technique I learned from my instructor at Global Academy, Chef Garie Quiambao, to candy the kamias.

Here is the recipe:
Mantis shrimp, shell removed
Shallots, minced
Ginger, sliced into fine julienne
Siling labuyo, minced
Coconut vinegar
Rock Salt
Pepper, ground
Kamias, cut into rounds

For the candied kamias:
1. Blanch the sliced kamias in boiling water for 3 minutes. Repeat the procedure for about 6 times.,replacing the water each time. Drain and let it cool.

This blanching technique, as taught by my chef instructor, removes the bitterness of the skin of the fruit.When ti was shown to me, it was done in pomelo but since pomelo has a tough and thick skin it was done for twelve times.Kamias has a waxy skin that is quite soft so blanching it for 6 times would suffice.

For the kilawin:
1. Carefully remove the meat of the shrimp from the shell. Cut the underside of the exoskeleton and slowly pull the meat whole.
2. In a bowl, mix the shrimp meat with coconut vinegar, rock salt,pepper, minced shallots and siling labuyo  and ginger. 
3. Chill for about an hour before serving/plating.


I steamed the shell of the mantis shrimp for plating. The orange color is from the presence of chitin in the exoskeleton, like any other crustacean.

Happy cooking!


  1. New recipe to try. My love for sea foods is beyond words and seeing your post makes me wanna try this as soon as possible. I also love the taste of Kilawin and I can say that the combination of these two would be great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I've never cooked that with kamias. It's pretty interesting ha. I never would have thought to pair the two together.

  3. Oh wow, this is looks interesting. Love seafoods! Too bad we cut the kamias tree in our backyard.

  4. Wow! I love kilawin but never tried it with kamias! The plating looks great. :)

  5. Whoa now this is new! Hmmm it must be a good dish!

  6. Thank you for this recipe! i love eating kilawin, ill try this!!

  7. Nice! I will definitely try this. Will ask my sister to try since she's really good when it comes to cooking. Thanks Justin for sharing. p.s you might want to check the first sentence, it has repeated words. Cheers!


  9. Wow, the shrimps look divine. I can forget about cholesterol for this. :)


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