Sweet and Spicy Garlic Shrimp

from ButterYum
makes 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
  • 1 pound fresh or thawed shrimp, peeled and deveined (21/25 size)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger (or ginger paste)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce 
  • 2 chopped scallions for garnish


  1. Before you begin, have all your ingredients measured out and ready to go.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until it shimmers.
  3. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and cook in hot oil for 1 minute per side; remove to a plate.
  4. Lower heat to medium and use the same skillet to heat the sesame oil, minced garlic, ginger paste, and crushed red pepper flakes; stir constantly until fragrant (a minute or so). 
  5. Immediately add the water, dark brown sugar, sriracha, and soy sauce; stir well to combine.
  6. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens (about 3 minutes).
  7. Return shrimp to skillet and toss well until heated through.  Garnish with chopped scallions and serve over a bed of rice.