Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Recipe type: Asian inspired
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Serves: 2 servings
Lightly fried crispy shrimp seasoned with salt and pepper and garnished with cilantro. This Salt and Pepper Shrimp is one of the classic dishes found in Chinese restaurants.
  • 2 dozen large shrimp, deshelled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste
  • 1 red chili pepper, sliced or ΒΌ jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Place the cornstarch in a small bowl and individually roll the shrimp to lightly coat them with cornstarch. If you need more cornstarch, you can add more.
  2. Once the shrimp is coated, add the vegetable oil to a small or medium skillet. Allow the vegetable oil to heat for about a minute, then add the shrimp. Be careful when adding the shrimp. The shrimp is moist so the vegetable oil is likely to splash.
  3. Cook the shrimp until the outer edges are golden brown and the inside is reddish orange, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add red chili pepper or jalapeno for extra spiciness.
  5. Garnish with cilantro.
  6. Serve the Salt and Pepper Shrimp dish with rice.
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