Asian Red Shallots
Resources > Food > Vegetables > Onions > Shallots > Asian Red Shallots

Are you a Smart Kitchen™ Chef?

Try it FREE or take a TOUR to explore Smart Kitchen!
+ -

 

Asian Red Shallots, also known as Thai Red Shallots, are the type of Shallots most often available in Southeast Asia and most associated with Southeast Asian Cuisine. Asian Red Shallots tend to be small with a red exterior and white interior. 

Availability

Asian Red Shallots are available year round.

Purchasing

Cured Asian Red Shallots are a little hard to find at most grocery stores. Your best chance of finding them is at an Asian Market or an adventurous Specialty Grocer.

When selecting Asian Red Shallots, look for firm, dry Shallots that are completely covered in papery skin. The skin should be smooth and wrinkle free and the Shallots should be firm and heavy for their size. They should have no black spots or mushy soft spots. Sprouting Shallots, are an indication of age, can taste bitter in use and should be avoided.

Asian Red Shallots need some time to develop their flavor. The younger and smaller the Shallot of a given variety is, the milder it will taste.

Storage

The first and best way to get the most out of your Asian Red Shallots is to try and purchase only what you will need for use in the short term. Shallots are not a staple in most homes, though many can argue that they should be.

That being said, if you overbuy or find a deal, you can store Fresh Shallots in the refrigerator for about a week. Refrigeration does encourage sprouting though, but don’t worry. If your Asian Red Shallots sprout during storage, just remove the somewhat bitter Shallot sprouts before use. In fact, some cooks use the Shallot tops as they would use Chives.

The fresh Asian Red Shallots you bring home can also be Peeled (as you would Peel Onions) and then Chopped and placed in an airtight container to be frozen for up to 3 months. However, they will lose their crunch during the freezing and thawing process. Their texture will be more like that of a Sautéed Shallot.

Cured Shallots, those most of us see in the produce aisle, most of the year, should be stored in a cool, dark, well ventilated place. Some folks store them in hanging mesh baskets. They should last a few months.

Culinary Uses

Asian Red Shallots have a robust, savory scent and desirable, salty, pungent, taste.

Once prepped (as you would Peel an Onion), Asian Red Shallots can be Sliced, Chopped, Minced, Diced, etc. as needed by the chef or the Recipe. Remember that Asian Red Shallots contain sulfur compounds, like Onions, and can cause reflex tears when cut.

Raw Asian Red Shallots are edible but, like Onions and Garlic, they are infrequently eaten Raw because they are fairly pungent. Most often Asian Red Shallots are Pan Fried to break them down and Caramelize them, or they are added to Southeast Asian Braises and Stews.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 T of Asian Red Shallots per person.

Pairings

Fresh Basil, Dried Basil, Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Caraway Seeds, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin Seeds, Curry, Dill, Mace, Marjoram, Mint, Paprika, Flat Leaf Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Kosher Salt, Sea Salt, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Apples, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Mangoes, Raisins, Golden Raisins, Vegetables, Beets, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Habanera Peppers, Mushrooms, Black Olives, Peas, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Pork, Bacon, Liver, Poultry, Stocks, Beef Stock, Chicken Stock, Veal Stock, Beer, Brandy, Wine, Dry Red Wine, White Wine, Port, Butter, Unsalted Butter, Cheddar Cheese, Comte Cheese, Emmentaler Cheese, Fromage Blanc Cheese, Goat Cheese, Gruyere Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Milk, Cream, Heavy Cream, Crème Fraiche, Eggs, Sour Cream, Bitter Greens, Mustard, Dijon Mustard, Sauces, Gravies, Soups, Oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil, Vegetable Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Champagne Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Sherry Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Rice Wine Vinegar

Substitutes

French Red Shallot

Nutritional Value USDA
SHALLOTS,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 72
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 12mg
7%
Potassium 334mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate 16g
12%
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes