Firecracker Shrimp


To make these easy firecracker shrimp, simply toss fresh shrimp in a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired sauce and then quickly stir fry in a wok.

Looking down at a bowl of white rice, topped with firecracker shrimp, green onions and sesame seeds.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

This homemade firecracker shrimp recipe, developed by culinary expert Juliana Hale, is a sweet and spicy flavor sensation. 

Firecracker Shrimp Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this firecracker shrimp recipe: 

  • For the sauce: sweet chili sauce, lime zest, lime juice, sriracha, and low-sodium soy sauce
  • Shrimp: You’ll need a pound of peeled and deveined shrimp. Learn how to peel and devein shrimp here
  • Salt: Season the shrimp with salt before you coat it with cornstarch. 
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch helps ensure the shrimp is crispy. Plus, according to Juliana, it helps thicken the sauce. 
  • Oil: This firecracker shrimp calls for peanut oil, which has a high smoke point. 
  • Rice: Serve the firecracker shrimp over hot, cooked white rice for a complete meal. 
  • Garnishes: Garnish the firecracker shrimp with fresh green onions and sesame seeds. 

Tip from Juliana: To make this firecracker shrimp recipe gluten-free, omit the white rice and replace soy sauce with tamari sauce. 

How to Make Firecracker Shrimp

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below – but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make firecracker shrimp at home: 

  1. Make the sauce. 
  2. Dry the shrimp, season, and coat with cornstarch. 
  3. Cook the shrimp in oil until opaque, then remove from the wok.
  4. Boil the sauce until thick. 
  5. Return the shrimp to the wok and toss in the sauce. 
  6. Serve the firecracker shrimp over rice and garnish. 

Test Kitchen Tips

This recipe was developed in our test kitchen — check out some tips and tricks from culinary experts that might make the cooking process easier: 

  • Look for sweet chili sauce in your supermarket where Asian condiments and sauces are sold.
  • Blotting the shrimp dry with paper towels will help the cornstarch adhere without forming a slurry.
  • For a gluten-free version, replace soy sauce with tamari.
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil will also work — just make sure to choose an oil with a high smoke point.
  • For more heat, serve with additional sriracha.

What to Serve With Firecracker Shrimp

Juliana says this firecracker shrimp recipe would work perfectly as an impressive dinner for company or as a quick weeknight dinner. She recommends serving with a salad, egg rolls, or dumplings

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha

  • 1 tablespoon sodium-reduced soy sauce

  • 1 pound medium shrimp (41 to 50), peeled and deveined

  • 1/4 teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 4 cups hot cooked white rice

  • 2 tablespoons bias-sliced green onions

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make firecracker shrimp.

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  2. Stir together sweet chili sauce, lime zest, lime juice, sriracha, and soy sauce.

    Sauce ingredients stirred together.

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  3. Blot shrimp dry with paper towels. Season shrimp with salt.

    Shrimp dried with paper towel, then seasoned with salt.

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  4. Toss shrimp with cornstarch in a medium bowl to coat.

    Shrimp tossed with cornstarch, until well coated.

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  5. Heat oil in a wok or extra-large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from wok.

    Shrimp cooking in a wok of hot oil, until opaque.

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  6. Add sauce mixture to wok and heat to boiling.

    Sauce mixture added to wok, heating until boiling.

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  7. Return shrimp to wok and toss to coat.

    Shrimp added to sauce, tossing to coat.

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  8. Serve Firecracker Shrimp over rice. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

    Serve with rice, green onions and sesame seeds.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

466 Calories
10g Fat
61g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 466
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 1535mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 308mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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