Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry

Perfectly sweet and spicy shrimp and vegetables ready in under 30 minutes!

Szechuan Shrimp

Recipe: Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry

Szechuan Shrimp


1 lb large shrimp de-veined and peeled, leaving tails attached
1 Tbsp. peanut or plan cooking oil for stir-frying

For the shrimp marinade:
1/2 Tbsp. light soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp. dark soy sauce
1/4 tsp. finely ground Szechuan Sichuan peppercorns
1/2 tsp. Shaoxing wine or sherry
1 Tbsp. corn starch

For the chili oil:
1/4 cup peanut or canola oil
2 Tbsp. dried red pepper flakes

For the stir-fry:
1 Tbsp. peanut or plan cooking oil for stir-frying
1 Tbsp. ginger minced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 small shallots thinly sliced
1/2 each red yellow and green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups broccoli florets
3 green onions scallions, cut into ½” pieces on the diagonal

For the stir-fry sauce:
1 tsp. finely ground Szechuan Sichuan peppercorns
1/2 Tbsp. Shaoxing wine or sherry
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sea or kosher salt
1/2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1/2 Tbsp. corn starch


25 minutes




  1. Combine shrimp marinade ingredients in a large bowl, add the shrimp, mix well and set aside.
  2. Prepare hot chili oil by heating the oil in a sauce pan until it just starts to smoke, then pour the hot oil over dry chili flakes in a small glass or metal container. Let cool down then strain into a separate container. The hot chili oil can be prepared hours, even days in advance. If making ahead, let the chili flakes soak in oil for hours before straining – this will give you more flavor and heat.
  3. Heat one tablespoon of peanut oil in a wok over high heat. Add the shrimp with the marinade and stir-fry, stirring frequently, until she shrimp just starts to turn pink, about 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook. Transfer the shrimp into a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same wok, heat another tablespoon of peanut oil. Add the ginger, garlic, shallots and one teaspoon (or more, see note) of hot chili oil. Saute for about 30 seconds, then add the broccoli, bell peppers and the stir fry sauce. Stir fry for about 3-5 minutes, until broccoli is cooked. Add the scallions, sesame oil and the shrimp and saute for another minute, mixing all the ingredients well.
  5. Serve hot, as is or with a bowl of jasmine rice.