I really love Asian food. And I also love shrimp. Putting these two things together equal a win-win in my book. Before I became a culinary genius (yeah, I said it.), Salt and Pepper Shrimp was one of those dishes that I would order at restaurants, but I was never brave enough to try it at home. That was before I knew what I know now. The truth is Salt and Pepper Shrimp is easy enough for a weeknight meal, yet impressive enough to serve as an appetizer at your next dinner party. Let’s get started. Gather your ingredients. Don’t they look lovely? 

Salt and Pepper Shrimp used a few small ingredients to create big flavor.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp used a few small ingredients to create big flavor.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, five-spice powder, white pepper, salt and black pepper. Remove shells from the shrimp and devein thoroughly. There is nothing more unappetizing than seeing remnants of that little black line of “you know what” stuck to a perfectly cooked piece of shrimp. No bueno. I like to keep the tails on for presentations sake. It makes the shrimp look pretty. Toss shrimp in the flour mixture. Make sure the shrimp is evenly coated.

Now chop garlic, serrano pepper, green onions and red bell peppers, and combine them with hoisin sauce in a separate bowl. Set them aside for now.

Put some peanut oil in a pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Fry the shrimp in a single layer, turning after about 4 minutes. When both sides of the shrimp are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan and reduce heat to medium. Add the garlic, serrano pepper, green onions, red bell peppers and hoisin sauce to the pan and saute until hot and tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Next, return the fried shrimp to the pan with the stir fried vegetables. Gently toss the shrimp and veggies together for a minute or two. Don’t cook too long or you’ll lose the crispness of the shrimp.

Serve as is or with a lime wedge and jasmine rice.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Serves 4
This Asian-inspired dish can stand alone as an appetizer or be paired with stir-fried vegetables and jasmine rice or a yummy entree.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb large shrimp
  2. 1 red bell pepper
  3. 3 green onions
  4. 1 serrano pepper
  5. 1/4 cup flour
  6. 2 tsp hoisin sauce
  7. 2 tsp sugar
  8. 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  9. 2 tsp salt
  10. 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  11. 1 tsp white pepper
  12. peanut oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, five-spice powder, white pepper, salt and black pepper. Remove shells from shrimp and devein.
  2. Toss shrimp in flour mixture, coat evenly.
  3. Combine chopped garlic, serrano, green onions, red bell peppers and hoisin sauce in a separate bowl, set aside.
  4. Heat peanut oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Fry the shrimp in a single layer, turning after about 4 minutes.
  6. When both sides of the shrimp are golden brown and crispy, remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  7. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan and reduce heat to medium.
  8. Add the garlic, serrano, green onions, red bell peppers and hoisin to the pan and saute until hot and tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
  9. Return fried shrimp to the pan with the stir fried vegetables and gently toss together for a minute or two.
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