Quick and Easy 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

Course Main Course
Servings 3


  • 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
  • A few Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp)
  • 12 oz medium cooked shrimp, shell removed
  • cups cooked rice, hot


  • In a bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients (water through peppercorns) 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.
  • 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.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, Chinese cuisine, Chinese food, Homemade Asian food, Homemade Chinese food, quick and easy meal, seafood, shrimp, Szechuan Shrimp, Traditional Asian Food, Traditional Chinese Food, vegetarian

Did you know?  Shrimp is a healthy addition to your diet.  It provides a high amount of nutrients that aren’t abundant in other foods!

Do you have some cooked shrimp left?  Check out this quick and easy tomato and shrimp salad!

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4 Replies to “Quick and Easy Szechuan Shrimp”

  1. Hi Cynthia, Szechuan Shrimp is a very delicious dish. We can make this dish more flavorful with a mixture of spices with bright vegetables like broccoli and peppers

    In my opinion, if you want to make it more delicious, you must have ingredients, Sichuan pepper or peppercorns to be exact in this recipe.

    Szechuan Shrimp is an authentic seafood dish from Szechuan cuisine. Szechuan Shrimp is packed with bold and complex flavors and is usually served as a side in China. Thanks for sharing healthy and easy to make Szechuan Shrimp dish with us. Much appreciated.

    1. Bushra, thank you for this valuable information on authentic Szechuan shrimp.  I have not heard of Sichuan peppercorns before this but I have done some research and can get them at my local grocery!  I’ll adjust the recipe to include this ingredient.  

      I also think the addition of some colorful would be a great asset!

  2. Oooouuuu I absolutely love shrimp. I had it for the first time a few months ago and I couldn’t get over it. I have never had it like this before so this will be the first. I hope I do not have an allergic reaction to it haha. I will most certainly try it out and let you know how it goes 

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