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A delicious bowl of Spicy Sweet and Sour Shrim

Easy Homemade Spicy Sweet and Sour Shrimp

This recipe for Spicy Sweet and Sour Shrimp is not overly sweet, nor sour, nor spicy, but is a perfect combination of the three. The light coating gives it crunch without adding a lot of calories or fat. Simple to prepare, delicious to eat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Fish & Seafood, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377 kcal


  • 1 pound shrimp cleaned, deveined, tail removed. (thawed if frozen); patted dry
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup rice flour or cornstarch
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • cup ketchup
  • cup unsweetend pineapple juice take this right from the can
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce found in the Oriental section of the supermarket
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil I use grapeseed oil or avocado oil
  • ½ cup coarsely diced onion
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper I used orange and red, but you can use any color you like; cut into about ½ inch dice
  • ¾ cup pineapple chunks I cut the big ones in half


  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the shrimp. Put the rice flour in a zip-top bag, add the shrimp and shake until coated. Heat some oil in a wok or large saute pan; when hot, add the shrimp, in batches if necessary, turning them once until just cooked and the coating is just getting a little crisp, about 1 - 2 minutes (do not overcook the shrimp or it will be tough and not tender). Remove each batch to paper towels when done, and repeat until all the shrimp has been sauteed, adding oil as needed. Pour off excess oil and wipe the wok (or skillet) clean.
    Perfectly cooked shrimp in a pan.
  • In a bowl, combine the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, pineapple juice, cornstarch, soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and set aside.
  • Heat the skillet or wok over medium-high heat; add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and bell peppers, saute for 2 - 3 minutes, give the sauce a good stir then add to the wok along with the pineapple and shrimp. Stir until bubbly and thickened.
    Veggies being cooked for Spicy Sweet and Sour Shrimp.


Serving: 1gCalories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 25gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 915mgFiber: 2gSugar: 39g
Keyword 30-minute meal, easy, spicy, stir-fry
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