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Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: best salt and pepper shrimp recipe, chinese salt and pepper recipe, salt and pepper shrimp
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup oil divided
  • 2 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tbsp sichuan pepper
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped


Salt and Pepper mixture

  • In a medium size bowl, combine the raw shrimp, cornstarch, salt and pepper; mix until well coated.


  • Pour ¼ cup of oil into a wok or skillet and heat to medium-high (375°F-400°F / 176°C-204°C).
  • Wait for a minute or so then add ginger to the wok/skillet; cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and shallot to the wok/skillet. Cook for another 1 minute or until they turn golden brown. Remove the fried toppings. Place them on a clean paper towel (drain the oil). Set aside.
  • Pour 1 cup of oil into the wok/skillet, allow to heat up for about 3 minutes.
  • Place the sichuan pepper and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the shrimp to the wok/skillet. Space the shrimp carefully to prevent from sticking togther. Watch the video for guidance.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly brown. Remove the shrimp and place them on a clean paper towel (drain the oil)


  • In a medium size bowl, add cooked shrimp, fried garlic/shalllot/ginger bits and extra optional salt/pepper. Toss everything together .
  • Top with chopped fresh green onions.

Serve with white or brown rice. Enjoy!