Salt and Pepper Shrimp

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Leaving the shells on the shrimp enhances the flavor and provides an additional texture to the dish. It also helps prevent the shrimp from overcooking.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium to large shrimp, shells on
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp. kosher or sea salt
  • ¾ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped

Directions

  • Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Dredge the shrimp in the cornstarch. Place the dredged shrimp on a plate next to the stove.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper.
  • Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, carefully add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turns pink and the edges begin to curl (about 1 minute). Remove the shrimp and drain in a colander or on paper towels.
  • Remove all but 1½ tablespoons oil from the wok or skillet. Add the ginger, garlic, and shallot. Stir-fry for 30 seconds or until the shallot begins to soften, then add the shrimp.
  • Stir in the salt and pepper mixture from step 2. Stir in the scallion. Stir-fry for 1 minute to combine the ingredients. Serve hot.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium to large shrimp, shells on
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp. kosher or sea salt
  • ¾ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped

Directions

  • Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Dredge the shrimp in the cornstarch. Place the dredged shrimp on a plate next to the stove.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper.
  • Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, carefully add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turns pink and the edges begin to curl (about 1 minute). Remove the shrimp and drain in a colander or on paper towels.
  • Remove all but 1½ tablespoons oil from the wok or skillet. Add the ginger, garlic, and shallot. Stir-fry for 30 seconds or until the shallot begins to soften, then add the shrimp.
  • Stir in the salt and pepper mixture from step 2. Stir in the scallion. Stir-fry for 1 minute to combine the ingredients. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories220
Total Fat15g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol175mg
Sodium440mg
Total Carbohydrate6g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Protein28g