Stir-fried Shrimp with Garlic and Chile Sauce

This was a simple shrimp recipe Jessi and I made a while back. We enjoy a good shrimp supper—very light but filling. Shrimp makes such a great weeknight meal too due to it's quick thaw time. That's right, we buy frozen. Especially for a quick meal like this where the shellfish is smothered in a tasty sauce. Rarely do we purchase fresh shrimp for our recipes unless it's something that really plays off the shrimp taste. What do you do - fresh or frozen? Recipe modified from Cooking Light, serves 4.


  • 1/2 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 11/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1-inch) slices green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dark sesame oil
  • Cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. Combine first broth, cornstarch, sugar, vermouth, soy sauce and white pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  2. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add canola oil to pan. Add shrimp to pan; stir-fry 1 minute or until shrimp begin to turn pink. 
  3. Add garlic, ginger, and jalapeño; stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in broth mixture; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done and sauce is thickened, stirring constantly. 
  4. Remove from heat; stir in onions and sesame oil. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.


Hornsfan said...

I agree 100% on shrimp as weeknight fare, it's so easy and flavorful, this looks great!

Kerstin said...

We buy frozen too and it's so perfect for weeknights because it cooks so quickly. This looks super flavorful - yum!

grace said...

good call, using cilantro to garnish. i think it'd be the perfect compliment! great, straightforward recipe. :)

Anonymous said...

Ah! You guys just keep outdoing yourselves. This looks amazing...and I'm drooling on my laptop...

Chef E said...

I love shrimp so much I will eat either! Looks great over here...

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