Recipe: Salt and Pepper Shrimp


Recipe: Salt and Pepper Shrimp

By: Josie Malevich | Photo credit: Jackson Roy

This simple Chinese-style fried shrimp dish makes a delicious party appetizer. Definitely make a double batch for a hungry crowd!


3 tbsp cornstarch
2 ½ tsp finely ground black pepper
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp 5-spice powder
¼ tsp hot pepper flakes
pinch sugar
1 lb jumbo tiger shrimp, peeled, deveined with tail on
½ cup canola oil, for frying
flaked sea salt, to taste
1 fresh red finger chile, thinly sliced (optional)
cilantro leaves, for garnishing (optional)


In a large bowl, stir together cornstarch, 2 tsp black pepper, kosher salt, 5-spice powder, hot pepper flakes and sugar. Pat shrimp dry with paper towel. Toss in cornstarch mixture until well coated.

Heat oil in wok or large skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook shrimp in 2 batches, until they start to curl, turn pink and are cooked through, about 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and remaining pepper.

Garnish with chiles and cilantro if using.


Serve with a squeeze of lime or lemon if desired.

Serve as a dinner main over salad, steamed rice or stir-fried noodles.

Servings: Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Info.

approx. Per Serving