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A bowl of kung pao shrimp

Kung Pao Shrimp

Delicious shrimp stir fry dish tossed in a homemade Kung Pao sauce, combined with yummy veggies. Sooo much yummier AND healthier than Chinese takeout!
4.96 from 21 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, asian, Chinese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 429kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 3/4 lbs shrimp
  • 1/2 cup zucchini cubed
  • 1/3 cup red bell peppers sliced
  • 1/3 cup canned water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • 10-14 dried red chiles
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 8-12 slices ginger or use 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil or more if needed

Kung Pao Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce/ light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


  • Pat dry defrosted shrimp. Cube zucchinis, mince garlic, cut up red bell peppers. Slice green onions and ginger. Drain water from canned water chesnuts. 
  • Create stir fry sauce by combining all the stir fry sauce ingredients. Mix well and set aside. 
  • Remove seeds from dried red chiles. 
  • Place all the ingredients needed for the stir fry next to wok/skillet as the stir fry process will go fast! When ready, add vegetable oil to wok/skillet and heat up wok/skillet under high heat.
  • Once wok/skillet is heated up, add shrimp and cook for a minute or so. Shrimp should not be completely cooked before proceeding to the next step.
  • Add dried red chiles, minced garlic, sliced ginger and stir fry sauce. Cook very briefly, for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add zucchini and red bell peppers, and cook for another minute or so to soften veggies. Avoid overcooking.
  • Add water chestnuts, peanuts and green onions. Cook for ~30 seconds or so. 
  • Remove promptly. Serve with white or brown rice. Enjoy! :)



Stir frying process goes very quickly! Avoid overcooking shrimp or veggies.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1800mg | Potassium: 908mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2071IU | Vitamin C: 248mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 6mg
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