Shrimp Stir Fry

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Quick easy and healthy shrimp stir fry that is made with lots of vegetables, shrimp, and a simple homemade sauce in 30 minutes or less.

shrimp stir fry in the pan it's made in plus 2 serving bowls with a portion in each with rice
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Shrimp Stir Fry

This stir fry recipe is made with all kinds of vegetables, a really simple sauce that only takes a few minutes to stir together (and you probably have everything on hand to make it already), and tons of shrimp which my kids are crazy about.

Bonus: it only takes about 30 minutes to throw together! Take a look at my tips and tricks later in the post to get ideas on how to swap out the protein and how to mix up the veggies. That’s the great thing about this recipe – it works with just about whatever you have on hand.

Pan of shrimp stir fry before serving

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp: peeled and deveined shrimp is what you are looking for. You can peel and devein yourself it just takes a lot of time. Fresh or frozen shrimp both work great, just thaw full before cooking
  • Garlic and butter: cooking the shrimp in butter and garlic makes it full of flavor
  • Vegetables: mushrooms, broccoli florets, carrots, bell pepper are what I’ve called for in this recipe because it’s a great mix of textures and colors but feel free to use what you like or have on hand
  • Cooked rice: I serve the stir fry over rice but feel free to serve it over something else (cauliflower rice for example) if you’d prefer
  • For the sauce: chicken broth, soy sauce, honey or brown sugar, vinegar, corn starch are combined to make a simple and delicious stir fry sauce. It’s thick and a little sticky and the right amount of sweet, salty, and vinegary

How to Make Shrimp Stir Fry:

  1. I like to start by cooking my shrimp in a little butter and garlic, it makes them so full of flavor.
  2. Prep the vegetables that you are using (cut them into even bite-sized pieces so that they cook evenly and are easy to eat).
  3. Remove the cooked shrimp from the pan and add a little more oil to cook up the vegetables.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking add all of the ingredients for the sauce to a small bowl and mix to combine.
  5. When the vegetables are tender and cooked to your liking, add the shrimp back to the pan and then pour the sauce into the pan.
  6. Cook the sauce until it thickens, about 3 minutes.
  7. Serve the sauce shrimp and vegetable stir fry over hot rice and your meal is done.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Easy Fried Rice – looking for a fun addition to the meal? We love some fried rice on the side.
  • Easy Egg Rolls – you’ll feel like you are eating out, but at home
  • Fried Wonton Recipe – also so fun for a meal at home, these are so much easier than you’d think
white serving bowl of shrimp stir cry over rice and garnished with chopped green onions

Tips and Tricks for Making Easy Shrimp Stir Fry

How can I make this meal gluten free?

If you need this recipe to be gluten-free, just make sure you use a gluten-free soy sauce.

I don’t like shrimp, what else can I use?

You just about any protein that you like. Just season it well and cook it through before removing from the pan and then proceed with the recipe as directed.

I don’t have time to chop vegetables, what should I do?

You can also use frozen vegetables for this dish or stir fry frozen vegetable mixes, just heat through before adding your sauce and shrimp

Do you wash shrimp before cooking?

Rinse and defrost shrimp in cold water. Place shrimp in a colander, washing them thoroughly.

How can you tell when shrimp is fully cooked?

When properly cooked, the shrimp will change from grey to pink in color, and the flesh is slightly opaque. Shrimp cook quickly (2-3 minutes depending on size), and if you overcook them they will be tough.

Top view of pan of stir fry from the top on a checkered napkin

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5 from 14 votes

Shrimp Stir Fry

Quick and easy healthy shrimp stir fry that is made with lots of vegetables, shrimp, and a simple homemade sauce in 30 minutes or less.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 (Serves 4-6)

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp,, peeled and deveined
  • 5 cloves garlic,, crushed, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 teaspoon canola, olive, or coconut oil
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 1 red bell pepper,, thinly sliced
  • hot cooked brown or white rice for serving

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1/3 cup good quality soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet or wok, heat butter and half of the garlic over medium heat until the butter melts.
  •  Add the shrimp and cook until no longer translucent, stirring occasionally (3-5 minutes).
  •  Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside. In the same pan that you took the shrimp out of, add the olive oil and turn the heat up to medium high. Add all of your veggies.
  • Put the lid on the pot so that the veggies can cook in their steam, stirring occasionally.
  • While the vegetables cook, in a small bowl add the broth, soy sauce, honey, and vinegar. Gradually whisk in the corn starch so that it doesn’t get clumpy.  Add the other half of the garlic to the sauce.
  • After the veggies have cooked for about 5 minutes, add the sauce and allow it to simmer with the lid on until the veggies are just tender crisp and the sauce thickens, stirring often. Don’t overcook the vegetables.
  • When the veggies are ready, throw in the shrimp and heat through.
  • Serve over hot cooked rice.

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Notes

  • Don’t love shrimp? You can use just about any protein that you like. Just season it well and cook it through before removing from the pan and then proceed with the recipe as directed.
  • If you need this recipe to be gluten-free, just make sure you use a gluten-free soy sauce.
  • Feel free to use any combination of veggies that you have on hand or are in season.
  • You can also use frozen vegetables for this dish or stir fry frozen vegetable mixes. Just heat through before adding your sauce and shrimp.
  • Cooking the shrimp in the garlic first is great, if you have a little fresh ginger on hand (a tablespoon or 2) cooking it in garlic and ginger is so good too.
  • You could garnish this dish with sesame seeds if you’d like. 

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 940mg, Potassium: 409mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 7604IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg
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15 Comments

  1. This is a delicious meal! We are counting calories at our home. How much would you say is a serving size?

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I added the ginger while cooking the shrimp, as suggested. We ate this with rice noodles.