I’m giddy excited to share this Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry recipe with you, because shrimp is an easy, delicious and healthy protein to stir fry, and also because I am IN LOVE with this gorgeous stir fry sauce.
Why we love Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry
This sauce is my latest creation, concoction, AND obsession. We cannot get enough of it, and currently, I have this urge to pour it on every single protein/veggie combination I can think of. I’m resisting hard.
Besides the obvious yum factor, this recipe is also comes together pretty quickly. In other words, perfect for busy evenings. For those of you looking for a 15-minute meal that taste so good no one will believe you breeze through it in the kitchen…this is it, and it is the REAL DEAL.
Alright, the sauce. THE SAUCE that I have been bragging about. This is a sticky, sticky sauce that is part savory and part sweet, made out of oyster sauce (or oyster flavored sauce) and sweet soy sauce (kicap manis).
Kicap manis is a Malaysian/Indonesian name of the sauce that translates into ‘sweet soy sauce’. It is widely used in Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. I had a lot of it growing up, and is probably one of my favorite sauces.
Oyster sauce is more common and can be found in most regular grocery stores these days. It is widely used in many Chinese recipes, especially stir frys and marinates. Even if you haven’t cooked with it, if you had Chinese food, you probably had it before but just didn’t know it!
Just like most stir fry sauces, rice cooking wine is also involved in this, as it gives this umami flavor to the dish. We are also adding ginger and garlic because yours truly is a lover of garlic and ginger, and they give dimensions to the flavor of the sauce, instead of just a flat sweet/savory taste.
All these ingredients combine create a gorgeous sauce that goes on shrimp like it is MEANT TO BE.
How to make Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry
Then pat dry the defrosted raw shrimp (not cooked shrimp) to remove the moisture. This is important because if the shrimp is too wet it will create a pool of water in your wok/skillet, and you end up boiling the shrimp in water, instead of frying it in oil.
Once you finished prepping the ingredients, heat up wok or skillet and add vegetable oil on high heat (yes, turn it up all the way). Use a wok (or skillet) that can withstand and maintain heat very well. This is the wok I use (and love).
Wait till the wok is hot, then add shrimp into the wok. Stir fry shrimp for 2-4 minutes minutes (time needed will depend on size of shrimp), or until it is cooked. Try to avoid overcooking shrimp. Shrimp, and most seafood, cooks fairly quickly. Cooked shrimp will curl up slightly and turn light red/orange.
Once shrimp is cooked, remove from the wok. Add additional vegetable oil into the wok, and wait for it to heat up. Add garlic and ginger into the wok, stir fry for a few seconds, then add snow peas into the wok, and stir fry for another minute.
Snow peas doesn’t take long to cook, and will turn a vibrant green when it is done. Also, if you don’t like snow peas, substitute it with another veggie!
Add shrimp and stir fry sauce into the wok, then continue stirring. Remember, high heat is used for cooking this whole time.
Give it about a minute, or once you see the sauce boiling, remove from heat promptly. Make sure everything is cooked before removing, but also, avoid overcooking. This whole stir frying process should happen very quickly.
Tips and Tricks
There are a few tips to making this Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry!
- Use a large wok (or skillet) so that you can move/stir the items around and cook the items more evenly.
- Use a wok or skillet that retains heat well
- Pat dry defrosted shrimp to avoid water puddles and diluting the sauce
- The stir fry process goes fast…don’t overcook shrimp!
If you are interested in learning more tips and tricks to take this stir fry from good to AH-MA-ZING, check out 8 Tips to a Great Stir Fry.
And there you go! The EPIC Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry, with the yummy Savory Sweet Sauce. Best served over white or brown rice. Your dinner in 15 minutes!
Ah sticky, sticky sauce, clinging just so slightly, to the juicy shrimp and crunchy snow peas. I want to stuff my face with this. Like RIGHT NOW.
After you make this, you will wonder why you even bother with Chinese take-outs when you can make your own in no time and it tastes so. darn. good.
So…what are you waiting for? 😉 I vote that you make it!!
Also, if you love all kinds of stir fry, check out some of our other favorites from the blog!
- Steak Fried Rice
- Shrimp Stir Fried Noodles
- Kung Pao Shrimp
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Stir Fry Beef with Ginger and Scallions
- Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry
- Honey Soy Tofu, Green Beans and Pork Stir Fry
If you make this recipe, comment below and let me know what you think! Also, don’t forget to take a picture and tag me on Instagram, because I WANNA SEE!!
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