Sweet & Sour Shrimp

by Kiran on January 28, 2014 · 20 comments

in Seafood, Stir Fry

As I sit to write this post, my mind wondered about how the heck is it already end of January 2014? It’s beyond my comprehension that Chinese New Year and Valentines Day is just around the corner.

I’ve yet to develop new recipes this year. Apparently, being away for 2 months messes up the creativity. Or I’m just pure lazy, lets put it that way 😀

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With laziness and all, the last thing I have in mind is to spend longer time in the kitchen. With the exception on chilly days, where I spent most of the time boiling water to make tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Just standing next to a warm stove on a cold winter morning makes it worth spending time in the kitchen. At least to me, the lazy girl.

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If not awaiting for hot water, lets make a simple and delicious hot stir fry — with the wok on searing hot temperature that guarantees in heating up the whole house and warming your belly. It literally takes minutes to stir-fry a meal fit for a queen.

Or a lazy girl.

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  • 1/2 lbs shrimp, shelled, deveined and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 small bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Sweet and sour sauce:

  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup or 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 tbsp water


  1. In a bowl, coat shrimp with corn starch, salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat wok on high. Add 2 tbsp oil. Once wok begins to smoke, reduce heat to medium-high and add shrimps.
  3. Do not stir shrimps. Just cook on each side until opaque and begins to brown. This should take a total of 4 to 5 minutes. Remove shrimps to drain on paper towel.
  4. Add 1 tbsp of oil in the hot wok. Throw in chopped red onion and bell peppers. Cook on high temperature for 1 to 2 minutes before adding minced garlic.
  5. Reduce heat of wok to medium. Add shrimps with sweet and sour sauce. Stir fry until sauce thickens and coats shrimps.
  6. Remove from heat and serve hot with some steamed jasmine rice.


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Apart from hot beverages or soups, I hope you’d find some strength and motivation to cook up something as delicious and easy during this chilly and lazy winters.

Have a very Happy Lunar New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai and stay warm! 🙂

What’s your favorite “lazy” day wintery recipe?


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1 Maria | Pink Patisserie January 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Looks delicious Kiran! I love easy, quick and warming food this time of year too. Soups have been on the menu here almost everyday, this dish looks like a great way to change things up!
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2 Kiran February 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Maria — stir fry’s can be a good change 🙂


3 Rosa January 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Lazy isn’t always bad. We can’t be creative all the time…

This shimp dish looks and sounds gorgeous. I love sweet and sour food.




4 Kiran February 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Rosa — thanks! and yes, being lazy isn’t always bad 😀


5 Monica January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Kiran – that looks SO good! I think shrimp whenever I want something quick and delicious, too. It is freezing here this winter and I want lots of hot and spicy food and sharp flavors.
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6 sippitysup January 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM

We’re still waiting for winter in Los Angeles. It’s like waiting for the kettle to boil I guess… GREG
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7 Kelly January 29, 2014 at 5:04 AM

I love sweet and sour flavors and this shrimp dish looks so tasty Kiran! It’s been so cold here lately that I am always looking for quick and tasty meals and this one sounds awesome – love that there is some added spice in here too 🙂
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8 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

My favourite winter recipe is pasta. Well, that’s the all year long favourite recipe. Gosh, can I say pizza? I know, I know, I should mention a soup… 🙂 I see you added rice vinegar in this recipe. Is it very different from wine or apple vinegar?
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9 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

This looks very tasty! I love sweet and sour flavours.
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10 Laura @ Family Spice January 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I can totally relate. I had to take a break from blogging, too. I burnt myself out. And getting back in the creative groove is hard, so welcome back! I love that your shrimp isn’t battered and fried, like most sweet and sour dishes. Looks terrific!


11 Lizzy (Good Things) January 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

A beautiful recipe, Kiran… I adore prawns (shrimps).
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12 John@Kitchen Riffs January 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

My hunger always wins the battle over my laziness, so I’m always cooking something. Which doesn’t mean I don’t like quick and easy dishes like this! Love the flavors and the looks. Really nice — thanks so much.
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13 Carolyn Chan January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Love the “lazy girl” comments – I am also astounded at how quickly the year has gone and how little I’ve actually done haha

These prawns look delicious ! And really easy to make. I can get sweet and sour anything, living in Singapore, but I rarely ever order it because I feel that it’s always laden with too much oil, sugar and salt (which very possibly is why it tastes so yummy haha) – making it at home you can control the amounts you use. Thanks for sharing !
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14 Alice January 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I love these delicious photos and the ever delicious and versatile prawn. Sweet n sour is so very tasty and I love the home cooked versions too. Happy Lunar New Year, however you celebrate and I say yes to more feasting!
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15 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy January 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

One of my favorite things to pair with rice.I add little chunks of pineapple at times, love the deep color you got with that sauce. I need to make some soon.drooling here 🙂
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16 Ina gawne January 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Looks delicious Kiran…love the sauce!


17 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I love pictures from this post. Even shrimps look pretty here.


18 Shibi Thomas @ FlavzCorner January 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I love sweet and sour, sweet & hot combination. Easy recipes are the ones I look forward for weekdays and your shrimp dish looks simply awesome!!!


19 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Oh I love the sweet and sour flavors!
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20 Raymund February 2, 2014 at 2:18 AM

This recipe goes well if you are really in a hurry and busy
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