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Stir-fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Stir-fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Stir-frying lowers the fat and calories in this variation on popular Chinese deep-fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp.


  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, white pepper or Szechuan peppercorn, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, for stir-frying
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 red chilli pepper, deseeded and chopped, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion


Soak the shrimp in warm, lightly salted water for 5 minutes. Rinse in cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly coat the shrimp with the cornstarch.

In a small bowl, mix the salt with the freshly ground pepper and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons in a preheated wok on medium high to high heat. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and stir-fry until they turn pink. Remove from the wok. Clean out the wok.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the wok. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic, chili pepper and the salt and pepper mixture. Stir-fry until fragrant (10 - 15 seconds) and then add the shrimp back into the wok. Stir-fry to coat the shrimp in the salt and pepper mixture. Stir in the green onion or serve as a garnish with the shrimp.


Each serving contains: Calories 236, 7 g Carbohydrates, 23 g Protein, 12 g Fat, 173 mg Cholesterol, 1 g Fibre, 641 mg Sodium, 286 mg Potassium. A good source of calcium and vitamin A.

Yield: 4 Servings

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