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23 August 2021

This Szechuan shrimp recipe is easy to make and perfect for the spicy food lover with crispy shrimp and vegetables tossed in a vibrant Szechuan sauce.

Spicy shrimp lovers! We’re cooking up spicy Szechuan Shrimp tonight, and you’re going to love it. Szechuan shrimp is ideal for cooks in a hurry, who want something easy yet satisfying on the table fast.

Shrimp always cooks up quickly. You can whip the Szechuan sauce together from easy pantry ingredients and have this particular dish done in 20 minutes or less, 15 minutes if you’re not slow like me, including prep time!

That’s a winner for me. No need to order from the Chinese restaurant across town. This is the recipe you need.

Let’s talk about how we make Szechuan shrimp, shall we?

Szechuan Shrimp in a bowl

Szechuan Shrimp Ingredients

  • FOR THE SZECHUAN SHRIMP
  • Shrimp.
  • Soy Sauce.
  • Salt and Pepper.
  • Corn Starch.
  • Sesame Oil.
  • Vegetables. Bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, snap peas. You can use others, and hotter chili peppers if you’d like.
  • Szechuan peppercorns. 
  • Peanuts.
  • FOR THE SZECHUAN SAUCE
  • Soy sauce.
  • Rice vinegar.
  • Sesame oil.
  • Ginger.
  • Honey.
  • Chili garlic sauce.
  • Garlic.
  • Sriracha.
  • Red pepper flakes.
  • Chicken stock.
  • Corn starch.
  • Szechuan peppercorns.
  • Chinese 5 spice.
  • FOR SERVING. Cooked white rice or noodles if desired, spicy chili flakes. Green onions are good, too.

Szechuan Shrimp in a pan

How to Make Szechuan Shrimp – the Recipe Method

Marinate the Shrimp. Add the shrimp to a large bowl. Add soy sauce, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Marinate for 10 minutes.

Marinating the shrimp to make Szechuan Shrimp

FOR THE HOMEMADE SZECHUAN SAUCE

While the shrimp is marinating, whisk all of the ingredients except the cornstarch together in a small pot. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

To thicken the sauce, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water until well mixed. Stir it into the szechuan sauce and stir until it thickens up, 2-3 minutes. For thicker szechuan sauce, use 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Remove from heat and set aside.

Szechuan Sauce Recipe

FOR THE SZECHUAN SHRIMP

Cook the Shrimp. Heat the oil in a large wok or large pan to medium heat. Toss the shrimp with 1/2 cup corn starch to coat. Add it to the pan and cook, stirring, 3-4 minutes, or until it is cooked through. Remove the shrimp and set it aside.

Cooking the shrimp in a hot pan

Cook the Vegetables. Heat the pan back to medium-high heat and add the peppers. Stir fry for 5 minutes to soften. Add the snap peas, peppercorns and chopped peanuts and cook another 2 minutes, stirring.

Cooking the vegetables in a hot pan

Warm it Through. Return the shrimp to the pan along with the homemade Szechuan sauce. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes to warm through.

Szechuan Shrimp in a pan with lots of shrimp and vegetables, ready to serve

Serve the Szechuan Shrimp. Serve with rice or noodles. Garnish with extra chopped peanuts and spicy chili flakes.

Boom! Done! Your Szechuan shrimp is ready to serve! Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? Very quick and easy to make, and easy to make as spicy as you’d like. Spice it up, my friends!

Szechuan Shrimp in a pan with lots of shrimp and vegetables

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Vegetables. You can include other vegetables of choice for this recipe. Consider broccoli, other chili peppers, cauliflower, asparagus, bok choy or other greens, scallions, so many choices. Go with your favorites for this stir fry.
  • The Heat Factor. I always include a range of chili peppers for heat and flavor, including mild bell peppers and jalapeno peppers for a low level heat. You can easily use spicier peppers, like serrano peppers and chile de arbol peppers. Use any to your preferred heat level.
  • The Szechuan Sauce. Make the Szechuan sauce ahead of time, the night before or even up to a week, to save a bit of time. Just keep it in the refrigerator, covered, until you need it. You can easily adjust it to your own heat and taste preferences. See my Homemade Szechuan Sauce Recipe.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this Szechuan shrimp recipe. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. if you make it, and how you made it your own. Keep it spicy!

Spicy Szechuan Shrimp in a hot pan

Cookbook Recommendation

If you enjoy cooking Chinese and Asian cuisine, I recommend these cookbooks. I’m learning a great deal from them. The first is much more comprehensive.

Try Some of My Other Popular Chinese Recipes

Try Some of My Other Popular Shrimp Recipes

Szechuan Shrimp in a bowl with rice

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Szechuan Shrimp Recipe

This Szechuan shrimp recipe is easy to make and perfect for the spicy food lover with crispy shrimp and vegetables tossed in a vibrant Szechuan sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: shrimp, Sichuan, Stir Fry, szechuan
Servings: 4
Calories: 383kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE SZECHUAN SHRIMP

  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil or use olive oil
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped (Optional for extra spicy! Use jalapenos for medium heat.)
  • 1 cup Snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns or use black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup peanuts chopped (plus more for garnish - cashews are great here, too!)

FOR THE SZECHUAN SAUCE

  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger fresh minced ginger is good too
  • 1 tablespoon honey or more for sweeter
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder fresh minced garlic is good too
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch for thickening
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns lightly toasted and ground or use black peppercorns instead
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice

FOR SERVING

  • Cooked white rice or noodles spicy chili flakes

Instructions

  • Add the shrimp to a large bowl. Add soy sauce, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Marinate for 10 minutes.

FOR THE HOMEMADE SZECHUAN SAUCE

  • While the shrimp is marinating, whisk all of the ingredients except the cornstarch together in a small pot.
  • Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • To thicken the sauce, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water until well mixed. Stir it into the szechuan sauce and stir until it thickens up, 2-3 minutes. For thicker szechuan sauce, use 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Remove from heat and set aside.

FOR THE SZECHUAN SHRIMP

  • Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat.
  • Toss the shrimp with 1/2 cup corn starch to coat. Add it to the pan and cook, stirring, 3-4 minutes, or until it is cooked through. Remove the shrimp and set it aside.
  • Heat the pan back to medium-high heat and add the peppers. Cook for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the snap peas, peppercorns and chopped peanuts and cook another 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add the shrimp back to the pan along with the homemade Szechuan sauce. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes to warm through.
  • Serve with rice or noodles. Garnish with extra chopped peanuts and spicy chili flakes.

Notes

Nutritional information estimated without rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 287mg | Sodium: 1989mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1452IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 5mg