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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 an 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.

(Makes 2 Servings)


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Chinese Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe

  • Author: Bobby
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1lb medium raw shrimp (peeled and deveined with tails removed)
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup of 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
  • A ¾ cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper


  1. In a shaker bag or sealable plastic bowl coat the shrimp with a 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.
  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 a 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.
  3. Toss the fried shrimp with the sauce and top with green onions.



  1. MrsCow says:

    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.

  2. kate blue says:

    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!

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