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Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe has peanuts, scallions and lime juice, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, rice vinegar and sugar.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  •  Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Pat the shrimp very dry and lightly season with salt and pepper. Make sure they are super dry or else they will extract a ton of liquid.
  2. In a bowl, add together the fish sauce, sugar and vinegar and whisk well.
  3. Heat up a large nonstick skillet and pour in the whisked sauce. On medium-high heat, bring to a simmer. Add the shrimp into the simmer sauce and cook on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  4. Add the peanuts, lime juice, scallions, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


  • If you really do not want to use fish sauce or vinegar, I recommend using lemon juice in place of the vinegar and soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce in place of the fish sauce. I recommend you cook as described.
  • Use Fresh Shrimp: Opt for fresh, high-quality shrimp for the best results. Look for shrimp that is firm, shiny, and has a mild aroma of the sea. If possible, purchase shrimp with the shells still on and remove them just before cooking to retain maximum freshness.
  • Adjust Sweetness and Tanginess: Taste the sweet and sour sauce before adding it to the shrimp and adjust the sweetness and tanginess according to your preference. You can add more sugar for extra sweetness or a bit of rice vinegar or lime juice for increased tanginess.
  • Don't Overcook the Shrimp: Shrimp cooks quickly and can become rubbery if overcooked. Keep an eye on the shrimp while frying or stir-frying and remove them from the heat as soon as they turn opaque and curl into a "C" shape. This ensures they remain tender and juicy.
  • Garnish and Serve Fresh: Just before serving, garnish the Sweet and Sour Shrimp with chopped scallions, sesame seeds, or fresh herbs to add an extra layer of flavor and visual appeal. Serve the dish immediately to enjoy the best texture and flavors.
  • Serve with Rice or Noodles: Sweet and Sour Shrimp pairs exceptionally well with steamed rice or stir-fried noodles. They help balance the flavors and create a complete and satisfying meal.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 195.5
  • Sugar: 10.5 g
  • Sodium: 572.6 mg
  • Fat: 3.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 24.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 221.0 mg