Chinese Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Chinese lemon pepper shrimp consists of crispy fried shrimp tossed with a sweet lemon and pepper sauce. Some of the key ingredients in the sauce include soy sauce, lemon juice and brown sugar. If you want additional flavor you can add a little grated lemon zest as well. What I like to do is stir fry a few lemon slices with the garlic and ginger to give the oil a nice lemon flavor. The shrimp can be either fried in the wok or cooked in the deep fryer. This Chinese dish is very simple and makes for a quick and delicious dinner. This recipe can easily be doubled if you want it to make more servings. Serve with white rice. Enjoy.

1lb medium raw shrimp (peeled and deveined with tails removed)
½ cup cornstarch
1 cup vegetable oil
4 lemon slices
2 green onions (sliced)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh garlic (chopped)
½ teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
1/3 cup soy sauce
¾ cup water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons course ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a shaker bag or sealable plastic bowl coat the shrimp with ½ cup of cornstarch. Let the shrimp sit for about 5 minutes so that the cornstarch will adhere better. Heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a wok (or large skillet) over medium heat. Add the shrimp to the wok and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until the shrimp are lightly browned and fully cooked. Remove from the wok with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Dump out the oil.
Step 2: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and lemon slices and stir-fry for 15 seconds. Add soy sauce, and then dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in ¾ cup of cold water, and add to the wok. Add brown sugar, lemon juice, and black pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 3: Toss the fried shrimp with the sauce and top with green onions.
(Makes 2 Servings)


10 Responses to “Chinese Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe”

  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 23, 2012 @ 1:14 am

    I love the simple flavors in this! And it looks so easy – perfect for a weeknight dinner. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  2. MrsCow — March 24, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    Made this last night for dinner! Very tasty and flavorful. I thawed frozen shrimp in water, and should have dried the shrimp prior to adding the cornstarch because it didn’t stick.

  3. Hattie — March 24, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    Had this for supper tonight, completely delicious

  4. Audrey — March 27, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I made this for dinner last night. My family really enjoyed it!!!

  5. anne — March 29, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    wow, this looks super easy and delicious! anne

  6. Irene — April 23, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Do you think it would be ok to serve this with pasta?

  7. Bobby — April 24, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    Irene-Yes, I think that would be delicious!

  8. Melinda — May 29, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I just made this for lunch. My husband and I LOVED it!

  9. kate blue — October 18, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    made this for dinner tonight and I had to tweak it a bit cause I had started to make it and realized I didn’t have cornstarch! So I substituted (flour)…and then I did add a bit more brown sugar and just used a whole lemon cause I LOVE lemon. Delish!

  10. honeygirl — December 17, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    i try this recipe for my saudi employer today and they like it….thanks for this recipie this blog help me a lot…God bless to all

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