Szechuan Shrimp

This spicy Szechuan shrimp recipe hails from Southwest China. It’s healthy, tasty and easy to make from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

Szechuan Shrimp
Szechuan Shrimp


Szechuan Shrimp


4 tbsp water

2 tbsp ketchup

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp honey

½ tsp crushed red pepper

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup sliced green onion

4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp)

12 ounces medium cooked shrimp, shell removed

1½ cup cooked rice, hot


In a bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients (water through ginger) and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook green onion and garlic for 30 seconds. Add shrimp to pan and toss to coat with oil. Add sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is bubbly and thickened.

Serve over rice.


3 servings, 250 calories per serving


Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.



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10 Replies to “Szechuan Shrimp”

  1. Woow, you made me really hungry. I love sea food and especially shrimp. I already forwarded the recipe to my wife and hope to try this one soon.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

  2. Hi Cynthia. Thank you for sharing this tasty Szechuan Style Shrimp. From the picture it looks delicious. I’m just wondering what is the level of spicy for this dish? Because I can see there are ginger and garlic. Thank you!

    1. This is a spicy dish. If you’re feeling skittish about it you can scale back on the ginger and garlic. The beauty of making meals from scratch is the ability to adjust ingredients to suit your own personal taste!

  3. The photograph you have for this tasty looking recipe set off hunger pangs in my stomach and made the article a must read for me as I stumbled on your website…

    Pleasantly suprised that it is such an easy dish to make – without having to go out and buy 101 extra ingredients. The added bonus is that I love spicy! I will definitely be trying this out tonight.

    Delighted I found your website as I can see you’ve got several other recipes under your “Let’s Get Cooking” section. Keep them coming – simple easy to make recipes. I think I’ll be trying the meatloaf recipe next…..

  4. I just saw this recipe and I’m instantly craving this!! I’m going right now to make this.

    The ingredients are so easy to pick out and most of these I already have in my fridge. I love this! Thank you, Cynthia

    Just a question, but would this dish work well with chicken or beef?

    1. One thing I really love about this recipe is the list of simple ingredients as many people already have them on the shelves.  It’s quick and easy to throw together, which is also a plus!  I

       think it would be great with chicken or beef as well as other protein choices.  Please let me know which one you decided to use and how you liked it.

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