XO Sauce

How to Make

XO sauce is a spicy seafood sauce used widely in Chinese cuisine, made primarily from dried shrimp and scallops with chili peppers, that adds a unique flavor and umami to many dishes. Learn all about it and how to make it at home.



Rehydrate the Dried Seafood. Rinse then add the dried scallops and shrimp to a heatproof bowl. Cover with very hot water and soak. Drain the scallops and shrimp, but reserve some soaking liquid. Finely mince the shrimp and scallops. Set aside.


Cook the Meats. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Do not boil. Add the shrimp, scallops and cured ham. Cook.


Cook the Vegetables. Add shallots, garlic, ginger and chili peppers and cook, stirring often, or until the vegetables crisp up and turn golden brown.


Add Liquids and Simmer. Add wine, reserved soaking liquid, brown sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken stock and chili flakes. Simmeruntil the mixture thickens up.


Finish the XO Sauce. When the consistency of the xo sauce reaches a moderately thick paste, turn off the heat and preserve the sauce in a glass container in the refrigerator.




White Dotted Arrow

Swipe up to get the full recipe, plus cooking and serving tips!

More Recipes

Hot Honey Glazed Ham

Mojo Sauce