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

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!

L DJ May 22, 2002

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.

ratherbeswimmin' January 16, 2004

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.

dlaurenstiles October 22, 2008