Sweet and Spicy Shrimps


Homemade and delicious Korean-influenced marinated and glazed sweet and spicy shrimp. Serve with salad, or over rice, pasta, or potatoes. Garnish with more sesame seeds.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
52 mins
2 servings



  • ½ cup light soy sauce

  • 3 scallions, minced, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger

  • 1 ½ teaspoons mirin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ tablespoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)


  1. Combine soy sauce, 2 minced scallions, garlic, sesame seeds, cornstarch, ginger, mirin, sugar, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil in a bowl to make marinade.

  2. Place shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag; pour in marinade. Seal the bag and shake to coat shrimp. Place in refrigerator and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat; add shrimp. Cook, turning and basting a few times with leftover marinade, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl, reserving oil in the skillet.

  4. Pour 3 tablespoons of the marinade and gochujang to the skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Brush glaze over cooked shrimp or use as a dip. Sprinkle the remaining minced scallion on top.


Cook's Note:

You can use all-purpose flour in place of the corn starch if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
6g Fat
19g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 345mg 115%
Sodium 2586mg 112%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 465mg 10%

* 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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