Slippery Shrimp


After becoming mildly obsessed with Yang Chow in LA's China Town, I feel I've deciphered their dish as best as possible.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups peanut oil for frying

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon white wine

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 5 teaspoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons water

  • 5 green onions, sliced


  1. Heat peanut oil in a wok to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Toss the shrimp with 1/4 cup of cornstarch to coat, then drop into the hot oil, and quickly fry until golden brown, about 45 seconds. When done, drain shrimp, and set aside.

  3. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the wok, then stir in the garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant and beginning to brown, about 30 seconds. Pour in the wine, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, salt, and 1/4 cup of water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 teaspoons of water, stir into the boiling sauce, and boil until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir the shrimp and green onions into the sauce until coated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
12g Fat
17g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 536mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 246mg 5%

* 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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