Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

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Kung Pao Shrimp is a classic Chinese dish that features succulent shrimp stir-fried with vegetables and tossed in a flavorful, spicy sauce.

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 25 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 1 Calories: Approximately 250-300 calories per serving (may vary based on ingredients and portion sizes) Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the hot oil and stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  4. Add the shrimp to the wok and cook for 2-3 minutes until they turn pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the wok and set aside.
  5. In the same wok, add diced bell peppers and onions. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.
  6. Return the cooked shrimp to the wok with the vegetables.
  7. Pour the prepared sauce over the shrimp and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
  8. Add the cornstarch-water mixture to the wok and stir-fry for an additional 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  9. Sprinkle red pepper flakes and chopped roasted peanuts into the wok. Toss everything together.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  11. Serve the Kung Pao Shrimp hot with steamed rice or noodles.


Shrimp: Use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe. If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw them properly before cooking. You can also substitute shrimp with chicken or tofu for a different variation.

Spice Level: Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes or omit them entirely if you prefer a milder taste. Feel free to customize the spice level to suit your taste preferences.

Vegetables: While bell peppers and onions are commonly used in Kung Pao Shrimp, you can add other vegetables like broccoli, snap peas, or carrots for added texture and flavor.

Peanuts: Roasted peanuts add crunch and nuttiness to the dish. You can also use cashews or almonds as a substitution.

Sauce: The combination of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar creates a balanced and savory-sweet flavor. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

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