How to make shrimp stir fry

This quick and tasty main dish has a double hit of sesame oil and seeds that add nutty flavor to crisp peppers and shrimp.


Recipe Summary test


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • ½ pound sugar snap peas
  • ⅛ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Step 1

In a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

While rice is simmering, combine shrimp, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, sesame seeds and black pepper in a large plastic food storage bag. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator.

Heat sesame oil in a large wok or skillet. Add red bell pepper and green onions; saute 3 to 4 minutes to soften slightly Add teriyaki sauce. Add peas and shrimp with seasoning; saute 4 minutes or until shrimp are opaque.

Stir cornstarch into chicken broth and add to wok; cook, stirring until mixture boils. Sprinkle with salt. Spoon shrimp mixture over rice.

How to make shrimp stir fry

Chinese garlic shrimp stir fry with vegetables taste sweet with a little salty, full of garlic flavors you love from your favorite Chinese restaurant.

Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe.

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 3

Shrimp Stir Fry Marinade.

Tips: Wash the shrimp first and then dry them with a paper towel.
This simple step ensures that the shrimp are juicy and firm to the bite, not too soft.
And the shrimp can absorb the marinade well and have a good flavor.

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • some white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

How To Make Shrimp Stir Fry?

  1. Shrimpmarinade:
  2. Wash the shrimp first, then dry them with a paper towel.
  3. Mix the shrimp with sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, white pepper and cornstarch until the shrimp are evenly coated. Set aside.
  4. Mix the sauce together – soy sauce, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch and water.
  5. Heat sesame oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  6. Sauté the aromatics – add minced garlic and saute for about 20 seconds.
  7. Add broccoli – then cover the pan and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  8. Add carrots and mushrooms – continue to stir fry for 1 minute.
  9. Add red pepper, green peas and baby corns – stir for 1 minute more.
  10. Add sauce and shrimp – cook for another 2-3 minutes until shrimp are cooked through and sauce thickens.
  11. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy your meal!

How Long Do You Stir Fry Shrimp?

Once the shrimp turns an off-white, pinkish color, and starts to curl itself around, it is ready to get off the skillet.

What Can I Add To Stir Fry For Flavor?

  • Spicy: Make it spicy by adding homemade chili oilor small dried chili de arbol peppers.
  • Herbs: basil, green onions, parsley.
  • Fish sauce.
  • Ginger.
  • Sesame.

Can I Use Frozen Cooked Shrimp In Stir Fry?

For this garlic shrimp recipe, you should first thaw the shrimp. Second, do not add them to the pan until the very end, after you have sautéed the vegetables. Just toss them with the garlic sauce at the end.

What Vegetable Goes Good With Shrimp?

It usually goes with broccoli, asparagus, baby corn, bok choy, and red or green peppers.

*The great thing about quick shrimp recipes, is that you can add in the vegetables of your choice. Bell peppers and snow peas are just a suggestion here, but you feel free to add in your other favorite stir fry veggies too. You could try beansprouts, broccoli, chilis, mushrooms, and much more.

Shrimp stir fry FAQ

With your tasty shrimp stir fry ingredients ready to go, you might still have a few queries when it comes to the recipe. We’ve answered a few common questions in our short FAQ below.

Can you cook frozen shrimp in a wok?

The most common question that’s asked when it comes to stir frying shrimp is, can you cook frozen shrimp in a wok?

The short answer is yes, shrimp can be cooked from frozen.

While you can let your shrimp thaw beforehand, or run them under warm water, you can just as quickly throw them straight into the wok and let the heat and oil do the work for you.

Frozen shrimp will take a little longer to cook in the wok, but the end result will be the same. The same applies to frozen stir fry vegetables. You can throw these straight into the bottom of the wok as well and cook them from frozen.

Cooking from frozen in a wok saves on time, but remember, fresher ingredients can hold much more taste!

How do you tell if shrimp are cooked?

It’s important to know when your shrimp are cooked because eating undercooked shrimp can lead to food poisoning in extreme cases. If you are in doubt, then always cook your shrimp for longer. They are better overcooked than undercooked!

If your shrimp are cooked through, then the outside of the shrimp will be pink. The tails should be a brighter red, and the flesh will be white. The whiter the flesh, however, the more overcooked it is!

It takes some degree of trial and error to stir fry the perfect shrimp, as every chef has their own preferences and personal tastes.

Can I use more vegetables?

To make things quick and simple, we always suggest sticking to two to three main vegetables to go with your shrimp. More than this, and you’ll run out of space in the wok and will start to complicate the recipe.

Don’t feel like you have to stick to peppers and snow peas, although these are the two vegetables we have included in our shrimp stir fry recipe. We said this earlier, but you can use any vegetables you have in your fridge or freezer.

If you’re using hard vegetables, like carrots or broccoli, you need to stir fry them for a little longer and expect them to be crunchy. Softer vegetables, like mushrooms, will take less cooking time when you stir fry them.

How do I make my shrimp stir fry spicier?

In the recipe above, we’ve suggested using sambal oelek, or another spicy equivalent in your sauce. For many, this spicy sauce is already spicy enough, but others might be craving a more fiery kick!

It’s easy enough to spice up your stir fry. You can simply add in more of the sambal oelek, or you can chop up some chilis and stir fry them when you add in the rest of your vegetables to your wok.

If that isn’t enough, feel free to garnish your completed shrimp stir fry with some spicy dipping sauces or chili sauces when you serve up the dish!

Our fantastic shrimp stir fry wok recipe is good to go in just 15 minutes. It’s quick and easy, and the best part is being able to substitute in your favorite vegetables. Save this recipe for when you need a quick tasty meal!

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Sweet caramelized shrimp and veggies served over a fluffy bed of brown rice makes for an easy and crowd pleasing meal!


Recipe Summary test


  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 ½ pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Step 1

Stir the rice and 1 3/4 cup water together in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover, and cook in the microwave on High for 8 minutes until the water is fully absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

Whisk together the soy sauce, water, honey, cider vinegar, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set the sauce aside.

Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook for 10 seconds. Add the broccoli, carrots, onion, and black pepper; cook and stir until the broccoli and carrots are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the skillet and set aside.

Return the skillet to the heat and pour in the sauce mixture; cook for 1 minute. Add the shrimp to the sauce and stir until the shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir the vegetables back into the pan and serve over the brown rice.

How to make shrimp stir fry

Here’s a go-to in the fast and easy dinner category: shrimp stir fry! It’s quick to put together and the umami-packed stir fry sauce is full of irresistible flavor. It’s our favorite Easy Stir Fry Sauce that works with any type of stir fry: we’ve used it on tofu, cauliflower, or shrimp, but of course you can riff endlessly. Add your favorite vegetables to make a super-satisfying dinner that pleases everyone around the table. (At least, it did here!)

Ingredients in this shrimp stir fry

This shrimp stir fry recipe is completely customizable based on your tastes. All you need is shrimp and stir fry sauce: then use whatever veggies you love! Here’s what we included as essential ingredients: but you can customize based on your liking (more on that below!).

  • Shrimp, fresh or frozen
  • Broccolior broccolini: broccolini has a nice sweet flavor and the lovely look of the long stems
  • Bell peppers: peppers are quick to cook and pack in the nutrients
  • Mushrooms (optional): shiitake mushrooms add big savory flavor, but you can use any type of mushroom, like portobello, cremini, oyster, or maitake
  • Green onions: quick to cook and add a fresh flavor
  • Ginger (optional): fresh ginger root adds big flavor if you have it

More veggie ideas!

There are lots more veggies you can add to customize this shrimp stir fry. All you need to know is the relative cook time. But important: don’t overstuff your pan! More veggies is not necessarily better. Using too many makes them stack on each other and steam instead of stir fry, resulting in soggy veggies. You’ll want to use your largest skillet and approximately 6 to 8 cups of vegetables. Here are a few ideas for more veggies:

  • Vegetables that stir fry in 6 to 7 minutes:broccoli, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, carrots (thinly sliced or matchsticks)
  • Vegetables that stir fry in 3 to 5 minutes:cabbage (thinly sliced), zucchini, summer squash, edamame (frozen and shelled), snap peas, bok choy (chopped)
  • Vegetables stir fry in 1 minute:garlic (minced), ginger (minced), green onion (thinly sliced)

What shrimp to buy

There are lots of options at the store when it comes to shrimp! When you’re shopping for this shrimp stir fry, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Wild caught. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.
  • Find medium shrimp (or large). Medium shrimp is our favorite, because it’s bite-sized and distributes well with the veggies. Large works too! Medium is labeled as 41 to 50 count, and Large as 31 to 40 count (this indicates how many shrimp there are per pound).
  • Use tail on or peeled. Tail on looks nice, but you do have to remove the tails with your hands as you eat them! Peeled is nice, especially when serving kids.
  • Fresh or frozen. Both have essentially the same freshness because most shrimp are immediately flash frozen. Just make sure to thaw the shrimp in advance.

The stir fry sauce

This shrimp stir fry sauce is customizable to work for any stir fry! We made it first with our Tofu Stir Fry, then realized it would be delicious with just about any protein. Use this sauce for any stir fry that’s intended for 4 servings and 1 pound of protein, be it chicken, tofu, steak or shrimp. You can also make the sauce in advance: whip it up and store in a covered jar or container until you’re ready to cook. Here’s what’s in this sauce:

  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Miso
  • Cornstarch
  • Garlic powder

How to serve shrimp stir fry

Once you’ve whipped up this shrimp stir fry: how to serve it? Of course, you can add rice and call it a day. But here are a few more options for serving suggestions and side dishes to make it a complete meal.

  • Jasmine rice:Jasmine rice has a lovely fragrant flavor and light texture that makes it our favorite variety.
  • Jade rice: Try green jade rice, naturally colored with bamboo.
  • Quinoa: We like mixing it up and serving a stir fry with quinoa every now and then.
  • Noodles: Serve with quick soba noodles.
  • Edamame: Pair this stir fry with Easy Edamame or Spicy Edamame as a side.
  • Fried Rice: Add takeout-style fried rice for a filling meal.

A few nutrition notes

Lastly, a few notes on nutrition! This shrimp stir fry is big on both flavor and nutrients! We like to design meals that add a big nutritional punch using our favorite go-to veggies. Here’s what to note:

  • Bell peppers are packed with vitamin C: 1 medium red bell pepper provides 169% of your daily vitamin C. So using two peppers in this recipe knocks this vitamin off the charts (source).
  • Broccoli is full of fiber and Vitamin C. 1 cup of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of fiber (source) and 140% of your daily vitamin (source). This recipe uses about 4 cups.
  • You also get all the benefits of mushrooms, like anti-oxidants and Vitamin B (source).

This shrimp stir fry recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and pescatarian.

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How to make shrimp stir fry

Shrimp Stir Fry (25 Minutes!)

4.5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1 x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This shrimp stir fry is a go-to fast and healthy dinner! Use any veggies you like and this flavor-packed stir fry sauce.

This 15 minute Chinese Shrimp Stir Fry recipe will teach you authentic stir-fry method. It’s quick easy and delicious! Succulent shrimp, slathered in a delicious soy, ginger and garlic sauce. This Asian shrimp stir fry recipe is one of my mom’s, and it’s one of the very first recipes she taught me how to cook.

How to make shrimp stir fry

Why This Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe Is So Good

  • Crisp-crunchy, perfectly cooked shrimp
  • Flavor-packed Chinese “holy trinity” of garlic, ginger, green onion
  • Versatile, add other ingredients, like snow peas, bell peppers, mushrooms
  • Only 15 mins to make – an easy weeknight meal


  • Oyster sauce and soy sauce
  • Cilantro
  • Cornstarch
  • Shrimp
  • Cooking oil
  • Green onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Grated ginger

How To Make This Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe – Step By Step

How to make shrimp stir fry

An Easy Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Chinese shrimp stir fry dishes come together very quickly. From start to finish, it only takes about 15 minutes. It’s the easiest stir fry recipe and so tasty with soy sauce and oyster sauce together. The aromatics include the “Chinese Trinity” – garlic, green onion and ginger.

The Best Way To Stir Fry Shrimp

There’s a technique that I use in all of my stir fries – the protein (shrimp, in this case) is seared on both sides first and then removed from the pan. The shrimp isn’t cooked all the way through yet, but it’s got a really nice crunchy sear. You’ll finish cooking the shrimp at the end of the stir fry.

This method does a couple of things:

1) Protein sears at high heat. Searing provides flavor. (boiled shrimp vs. grilled shrimp)

2) The aromatics – ginger, garlic, green onion burn easily – they need to be cooked at medium heat.

So, cooking the protein vs. the aromatics separately allows each and every ingredient to cook perfectly at their own temperatures. The shrimp is added back into the pan at the end to finish cooking. All of the ingredients are at their perfect prime of flavor and texture, and never overcooked.

How to make shrimp stir fry

Low Carb Stir Fry

To make this Asian Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe low carb, substitute the soy sauce for Coconut Aminos. This three-pack on Amazon includes a Garlic Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce that is great for Whole 30 diets. Instead of the Oyster Sauce in the recipe, substitute with the Coconut Amino Teriyaki sauce. It’s not going to taste the same, but the Coconut Amino products are low glycemic.

Video: Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Some Of My Favorite Tools For Stir Fry

I love this wok! It comes with a lid that allows you to peek in and see what’s going on in the wok.

Super easy way to mince garlic. Add a clove or two and twist.

Top Tips For This Stir Fry

  • Shrimp should be peeled and deveined, you can keep on the tails if you like – it looks nice!
  • Make sure you pat dry the shrimp, so the coating will stick.
  • Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go, before you fire up the wok. Because things will move very quickly!
  • Serve with rice.

Check Out These Other Delicious Stir Fry Recipes

  • Shrimp Teriyaki Stir Fry Recipe
  • Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry
  • Beef And Broccoli Stir Fry
  • Shrimp and Zucchini Stirfry with Crispy Basil

Have you tried this Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

For quick, easy, and budget-friendly meals, you can’t beat stir frying. We’ll teach you the simple techniques that go into making restaurant-worthy stir-fry dishes.

Learning how to make a super easy stir-fry is a skill that will get you through some of your biggest challenges in the kitchen. We'll share the basics behind delicious (and fast) stir-fry dinners.

Nothing in your fridge but random meat and produce?

Need an inexpensive dinner to feed a family?

Only have 60 minutes to make dinner, eat it, and get the kids to soccer practice?

Stir frying is quick, easy, and extremely versatile. Once you know the basics behind putting together a great stir-fry, you can easily introduce new ingredients, make a variety of sauces, or try traditional stir-fry recipes like Kung Pao Chicken or Beef with Broccoli.

How to Make Stir Fry

A great stir-fry typically consists of three important components: protein, vegetables, and sauce. For a basic stir-fry, start with 1 pound of protein and 2 pounds of vegetables, and a basic stir-fry sauce (recipe below). Optionally, you can add in aromatics or herbs to change the flavor profile of your dish.


  • 1 lb. chicken, beef, or pork cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 lbs. vegetables, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp aromatics, such as garlic, ginger, or shallots (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as basil or cilantro (optional)
  • Basic Stir Fry Sauce (see below)


1. Set a large wok or frying pan over medium-high heat and allow it to get screaming hot. Swirl in 2 Tablespoons of oil (1 Tablespoon if using a non-stick pan).

2. Add your meat and cook until browned on each side (and cooked through if using chicken or pork). Remove the browned meat from the pan and set aside on a plate.

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Chicken Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

How to make shrimp stir fry

At least I’m keeping weeknight dinners easy and delicious!

Seriously, how can you go wrong with a Chicken Shrimp Stir Fry recipe?! I love loading in the veggies and making mine not only really colorful, but also really healthy. The kids will eat everything except the bell peppers, those are for me!

The best part for the kids? The shrimp! They love it!

How to make shrimp stir fry

Serve this over some white or brown rice and you have a winner! Alternatively, serve this stir fry sauce recipe over lo mein noodles for a tasty Chinese noodle dish.

I hope you give this shrimp and chicken stir fry recipe a try! It’s the best!