Slippery Shrimp Recipe -
Slippery Shrimp Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Slippery Shrimp

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"After becoming mildly obsessed with Yang Chow in LA's China Town, I feel I've deciphered their dish as best as possible."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat peanut oil in a wok to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Toss the shrimp with 1/4 cup of cornstarch to coat, then drop into the hot oil, and quickly fry until golden brown, about 45 seconds. When done, drain shrimp, and set aside.
  3. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the wok, then stir in the garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant and beginning to brown, about 30 seconds. Pour in the wine, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, salt, and 1/4 cup of water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 teaspoons of water, stir into the boiling sauce, and boil until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir the shrimp and green onions into the sauce until coated.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 12, 2011

In 56 years I've had plenty go in this mouth of mine, but last night was, as the old man put it..."a defining moment"...this was undoubtedly THE BEST shrimp dish we have ever had. OMG....we could not stop raving about it. I am so glad that we tried this, and I will be making this often. I don't know what to say, I am speechless, which is rare..but I am so pleased to have found this recipe. If you are a shrimp lover, friends you need to give this one a WILL NOT be disappointed. Thanks for sharing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 02, 2008

Looks like the LA Times recipe.

Jul 03, 2008

Love love love this recipe! It is dead-on exact to the Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow's in L.A.'s Chinatown. One bite took me right back to the west coast! The second time I made it I doubled the sauce and that was nice as well.

Jan 21, 2009

WOW!!! This recipe is just fantastic! My teenage son summed it up, OMG!!! We love upscale Chinese food and to be able to make it at home and enjoy a GREAT restaurant quality dish right out of your own kitchen was very enjoyable. This is our new favorite dish. We decided not to include it in our regular rotation and to keep it for special celebrations or for a special pick me up! We also did the same recipe with Chicken and that was excellent as well! Thanks to Angela the submitter of this dish we can ALL ENJOY IT!!! Thanks Ange...

Oct 05, 2008

These tasted great when they were hot. Reheated, not so much. My only complaint is that the cornstarch didn't give it a good breading. Next time i will dip in battered egg, then maybe cornstarch? I think the shrimp should be "tempura" fried.... but everything after that was great! I did fry them in veggie oil with some sesamee oil bc I didn't have peanut oil. Will make again but with better batter!!!

Feb 15, 2012

This meal was DELICIOUS! I made it exactly as the recipe called for. I have never used a wok before to cook, but the shrimp took much longer than 45 sec to brown, like 5 min or so. Also, this recipe is VERY similar to Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill, but this one has a few more steps and ingredients. Also, if you don't have a wok, you can cook it in a large skillet and be fine. A wok is not necessary.

Aug 18, 2010

Outstanding! Won rave reviews from the whole family (with the exception of girl child - who didn't care for the "afterbite") I did double the sauce, but next time I will triple it for extra for the rice. Excellent recipe - thanks for sharing!

Jul 06, 2008

While I have never had Slippery Shrimp, the idea of this recipe sounded really delicious. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. It had an odd chemical taste to it, that I gather was the combination of vinegar, wine and cayenne. In spite of all of the sugar in the recipe, I found no sweetness to this. I guess I won't be making again. Thanks for the recipe though.


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  • Calories
  • 258 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 173 mg
  • 58%
  • Fat
  • 12.1 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 19.1 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 536 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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