Chili Shrimp

This spicy shrimp appetizer is sure to please everyone. It is ready in minutes and tastes out of this world. Serve this as just an appetizer, on a salad, with cooked rice or with pasta-the choice is yours @sarchakra

PREP TIME:10 mins

COOK TIME: 10 mins

YIELDS: Serves or makes 3


  • Large shrimp 1 lb (deveined and shelled with tails on)
  • Canola oil 2 tbsp
  • Sesame oil 1 tbsp plus for drizzle
  • Fresh ginger root 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Garlic cloves 5-6, finely chopped
  • Brown sugar 3 tbsp
  • Fish sauce 2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Pepper 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes 2 tsp
  • Water ½ cup
  • Sriracha 4 tbsp
  • Mirin 2 tsp
  • Soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds 1 tbsp, for garnish
  • Spring onions 2 tbsp, for garnish


  • Heat oil. Sauté shrimp for a few seconds till it turns pink. Keep aside.
  • In the same pan heat sesame oil. Sauté garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Let the garlic fry golden.
  • Add water, salt, pepper, sriracha, fish sauce, Mirin, brown sugar and soy sauce. Let it simmer till it becomes a syrup consistency.
  • Add sautéd shrimp and coat with the sauce.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Drizzle sesame oil and serve.


I buy flash frozen shrimp from Sam’s Club or Target that comes from India. It is cleaned, deveined and the shells come right off. It has no added chemicals. I find shrimp from India is different in texture to the ones from Indonesia. I always use the ones from India in any shrimp recipe whether Indian or Western recipes for that authentic texture.

Prepping the shrimp
Sautéing the shrimp in batches
Shrimp is sautéd
Sautéing the garlic, ginger and chili flakes
Let the garlic get crispy and golden
Making the sweet sauce
Let it caramelize
Add the shrimp
Shrimp is ready
Chili Shrimp

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