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
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)