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Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Calories: 277
Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry with snow peas and bell peppers over rice on a plate

Juicy shrimp are sautéed with a gorgeous rainbow of vegetables and an Asian garlic sauce in this easy, fast, delicious garlic shrimp stir-fry.

Stir-Fries: The OG One-Pan Dinner

Shrimp make the best stir-fries. One of the trickiest things about cooking shrimp is that they can overcook easily, and overcooked shrimp is a real bummer. But! Cooking shrimp in a stir-fry is a natural fit for these juicy little crustaceans. A fast fry is the easiest way to cook them. Sautéed quickly over high heat, with a flavorful sauce and some veggies, this recipe is all but guaranteed to produce perfect shrimp every time. It’s healthy and quick, but it’s also a fun dish to throw together for friends—using shrimp makes it feel a little special, and it’s easy to make it gluten-free so it accommodates a lot of dietary preferences.

Ingredients laid out for garlic shrimp stir fry red bell peppers, asparagus, cilantro
Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry sauce in a bowl
asparagus, red bell pepper and snow peas sautéed in a frying pan
Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry in a pan wth asparagus, snow peas and red bell peppers

Meet the King of All Stir-Fry Sauces: Garlic Sauce!

This healthy, easy shrimp with garlic sauce stir-fry is brought to life with the super-savory garlic stir-fry sauce that you’ll sauté the shrimp and veggies in.

  • Soy sauce. You can substitute gluten-free tamari if you’d like to make this into a gluten-free shrimp stir-fry.
  • Sesame oil. We prefer the nuttier flavor of toasted sesame oil, but either toasted or untoasted will work just fine.
  • Chili sauce. We usually reach for the straightforward chili-heat of sambal oelek, but you could use sriracha if that’s what you have on-hand. Or, if you’d like to make your garlic shrimp stir-fry more mild in flavor, just leave it out.
  • Brown sugar. A little sweetness is key, and helps to balance all of the big flavors that are at play in this garlic stir-fry sauce.
  • Garlic. And lots of it! We call for six fresh cloves of garlic.
  • Cornstarch. This may seem like a weird ingredient, but cornstarch is the magical stir-fry sauce ingredient—it makes the sauce a little bit thick and helps it to coat the shrimp, asparagus, snow peas and peppers in just the way you want it to.
hands pouring garlic sauce over shrimp stir fry in  pan.
Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry in a pan with asparagus, snow peas, red bell peppers

How to Make Garlic Shrimp

Newsflash! You don’t need a wok to make a great at-home stir fry for dinner. All you really need is a frying pan, but here are a few tips to get any stir fry just right:

  • Choose a large skillet with a rounded or flat bottom—you want to have plenty of room to keep the ingredients moving around in the pan as you cook, which is the key to a good stir-fry. For crisp veggies and perfectly-cooked shrimp, it’s important not to overcrowd the pan. Having a larger pan makes that easier to do.
  • Use medium-high heat for this shrimp stir-fry—it gives the veggies enough time to get nicely tender, without getting burned or becoming soggy. Medium-high is just right for cooking the shrimp quickly, too, which helps them stay juicy and tender.
  • When you’re prepping the shrimp, asparagus, bell peppers and snow peas, think about size as you chop. Making sure your veggies and shrimp are roughly the same size will help ensure even cooking.
  • If you’re wondering how long to fry shrimp, the main thing to do is to WATCH. It’ll happen fast—as in three minutes-ish—and so once you add the shrimp to the pan, stir it constantly and keep watching. Once it turns pink, it’s probably done.
Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry
Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry in a an with a wooden spoon

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More Shrimp Recipes We Love

Healthy, low-carb, fast and easy, shrimp is one of our favorite ingredients to work with. Here are four shrimp recipes that are always a hit in our house:

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry with snow peas and bell peppers over rice on a plate

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Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Calories: 277

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Chili sauce, like sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 6 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb Asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cup Snow peas
  • 2 lbs Shrimp, deveined
  • Cooked rice, optional
  • Cilantro, chopped, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional

Method

  1. To make the sauce combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce, brown sugar, garlic, cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, asparagus and snow peas. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Add the shrimp and sauté until pink, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce to the shrimp and veggies in the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  4. Serve over rice, sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!