Cantonese Stir-fried Lover's Shrimp

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Shrimp with two different flavors, divided in half on a serving platter, makes a striking presentation and can be very romantic.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and devein shrimps if necessary; rinse and drain.
  2. Combine ingredients for marinade; add shrimp, allowing to sit at least 15-20 minutes.
  3. Prepare seasoning sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Trim ends off snow peas; parboil and set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok; stir-fry the snow peas for a few moments, until crisp-tender.
  6. Season with salt, and place in the center of serving platter.
  7. Heat 8 tbsp oil in wok; add shrimp and stir-fry until shrimp change color and curl; remove shrimp with a strainer; drain shrimp and set aside.
  8. Drain all oil from wok except 1 tbsp ;stir-fry chopped scallions and minced ginger for a few seconds until fragrance is released; then stir in shrimp.
  9. Pour in seasoning sauce, stirring thoroughly.
  10. Remove half of shrimp and place them to one side of the platter.
  11. Add the 3 tbsp ketchup to the shrimp remaining in wok and stir briskly.
  12. Remove those shrimp, placing them on the other side of the platter.
  13. (optional: add 1 1/2 tsp. chile paste to the ketchup to go on one side for a spicy contrast) Serve hot with steamed rice.
Most Helpful

5 5

Made this for my son when he got back from a trip to San Francisco were he enjoys the chinese cuisine. Said this was the best!

5 5

Whenever I make a dish with shrimp, I have to double it because my husband can eat 4 servings by himself. This recipe was no different. I thought this was very good, Sue. We both liked the contrast of spicy and mild flavors. I used 1 t. chile paste for a spicier version as you directed. Had to use frozen snow peas--couldn't get fresh :( but that was still ok. Will try this again when they are in season. Thanks for posting.

4 5

This was delicious and very easy to make. Between my husband and I, it only fed two, but two hungry people. I highly recommend trying it.