Kung Pao Shrimp (Kung Pao Prawn)

This Kung Pao Shrimp is developed from authentic Sichuan style Kung Pao Chicken with a slightly spicy and sweet taste.

If you ever eat the most famous Chinese Sichuan dish—Kung Pao Chicken, I guess you love the taste of the sauce used in the recipe. Kung pao sauce is firstly used in the famous Kung Pao Chicken and then further developed into a type of flavor in China which can be used in many other recipes.  It goes well with different types of protein, chicken, shrimp and fish. It goes even better with vegetables and  mushrooms like  lotus root, cauliflower and king oyster mushrooms.

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The development process of the special kung pao taste is quite similar with Chinese garlic sauce or Yu Xiang sauce (鱼香汁). When we get a closer looking on those two types of sauces, then we might find there are some similarities between the ingredients used in Kung Pao sauce and Chinese garlic sauce. The basic garlic, scallion and ginger are the same. Both vinegar and sugar are used. Chinese sauces are always quite confusing since only small differences, either ingredients themselves or the amounts, can cause big differences in final flavors. There aIn Kung Pao dishes, dried peppers are used to create a strong spicy taste while pickled red peppers  or fermented peppers are used in Chinese garlic sauces. There is a strong sweet and sour taste with a mild spicy taste in Chinese garlic sauce. While Kung Pao sauce has a strong spicy taste with a mild sweet and sour taste.

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Cook’s Note

  1. About the sauce, the amount of cornstarch used in the mixed stir fry sauce (碗芡) can be slightly different based on the very single dish. For example, in this kung pao chicken or shrimp, small amount of cornstarch is enough since starch is previously used in the marinating process. In other veggie kung pao dishes, more cornstarch is needed to make the sauce thicker and consequently can attach to the main ingredients.
  2. Key step of this dish is to be quick and accurate.  Fry the shrimp only for a short time over high fire and be quick after adding the stir frying sauce as it thickens very quickly.

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Detailed Steps

Devein the shrimp and then cut a small line on the back of the shrimp (for better flavoring). And then marinate the shrimp with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, white pepper and cornstarch. Mix all the ingredients for kung pao sauce in a small bowl.

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Cut all the ingredients and break chili pepper into halves. If you want to reduce the hotness, use whole dried chili peppers.

Heat oil in a pan and fry ginger, garlic, Sichuan peppercorn and dried chili pepper until aromatic. Then place the shrimp in. Fry for 20 seconds over high fire.

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Place peppers and scallion. Continue frying until the peppers are slightly soft (around 20 seconds). Pour in kung pao sauce and place in the nuts. Mix well and transfer out immediately.

kung pao shrimp|chinasichuanfood.comkung pao shrimp|chinasichuanfood.comOther Kung Pao Dishes

  1. Authentic Kung Pao Chicken
  2. Kung pao tofu
  3. Kung pao cauliflower
  4. Kung pao Mushroom
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Kung Pao Shrimp (Kung Pao Prawn)

Kung Pao Shrimp developed from traditional Chinese kung Pao Chicken has a spicy yet slightly sweet taste.

Course:

Main Course

Cuisine:

Chinese

Keyword:

Kung Pao, shrimp

Servings: 2

Calories: 543kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

  • 300
    g
    unshelled shrimp
  • 3
    tbsp.
    vegetable cooking oil
  • 7-15
    dried chili pepper
  • 1
    tsp
    Sichuan peppercorn
  • 3
    garlic cloves
    , chopped
  • 1
    thumb
    root ginger,
    chopped
  • 1/2
    green pepper
    , cut into small pieces
  • 1/2
    red bell pepper
    , cut into small pieces
  • 2
    Chinese large scallion
    , white part only
  • 1/4
    cup
    roasted peanuts or cashew

Stir-fry sauce

  • 1/2
    tbsp.
    dark soy sauce
  • 1
    tbsp.
    light soy sauce
  • 1
    tbsp.
    black vinegar
  • 2
    tsp.
    cornstarch
  • 1
    tsp.
    sesame oil
  • 1/2
    tsp.
    salt
  • 2
    tbsp.
    stock or water

Shrimp Marinating

  • 1/2
    tbsp.
    dark soy sauce
  • 1
    tbsp.
    light soy sauce
  • 1/8
    tsp.
    ground pepper
  • 1
    tsp.
    cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Devein the shrimp and then cut a small line on the back of the shrimp (for better flavoring). And then marinate the shrimp with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, white pepper and cornstarch.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for kung pao sauce in a small bowl.
  3. Cut all the ingredients and break only 2-3 whole chili pepper into halves. If you want to reduce the hotness, use whole dried chili peppers only.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry ginger, garlic, Sichuan peppercorn and dried chili pepper until aromatic. Then place the shrimp in. Fry for 20 seconds over high fire.
  5. Place peppers and scallion. Continue frying until the peppers are slightly soft (around 20 seconds). Pour in Kung Pao sauce and place in the nuts. Mix well and transfer out immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Kung Pao Shrimp (Kung Pao Prawn)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 543
Calories from Fat 315

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35g
54%

Saturated Fat 20g
100%

Cholesterol 378mg
126%

Sodium 3061mg
128%

Potassium 404mg
12%

Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%

Dietary Fiber 3g
12%

Sugars 2g

Protein 39g
78%

Vitamin A
28.5%

Vitamin C
57.5%

Calcium
25.4%

Iron
24.5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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