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salt and pepper shrimp|chinasichuanfood.com
Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Chinese style crispy salt and pepper shrimp
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: pepper, shrimp
Servings: 2
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 300 g shrimp ,deveined
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 thumb ginger ,cut into smaller sizes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. whole Sichuan peppercorn
  • oil for shallow frying
  • 2 garlic cloves ,minced
  • 1 scallion white ,minced
  • 1/4 fresh green pepper ,minced (optional)
  • 1/4 fresh red pepper ,minced (optional)
  1. Devein the shrimp and marinate with salt and ginger. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. During this process, let make the real deal "salt and pepper". Toast Sichuan peppercorn with salt over slow fire until aromatic (takes around 1 minute). Transfer the mixture out and then ground into powder.
  3. Coat shrimp with starch. Shake off extra starch before frying.
  4. Heat up oil in wok until you can see waves on the surface. Fry the shrimp for to 1 minute by two batches. Transfer shrimp out. High oil temperature is the key factor to a great flavor.
  5. Pour the extra oil out and leave only around 1/2 tablespoon. Fry garlic, scallion and chopped fresh peppers until aromatic.
  6. Return the shrimp and sprinkle 3/4 of the salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer out and sprinkle the remaining on the surface or on small corner of the serving plate.
Recipe Notes

Recipe first published in 2014 and updated in 2018

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 378mg126%
Sodium 2620mg114%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 223mg22%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.