Sweet Chili Shrimp

Serves 4 as part of a multi-course meal, or 2 to 3 as a main course

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


2 teaspoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon salt


1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

½ tablespoon chili paste

Marinate the shrimp: In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the cornstarch and salt. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Prepare the sauce: stir together the soy sauce, honey, cider vinegar, and chili paste. Set aside.

Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add the oil and swirl to coat the base. Add the garlic, ginger, and shallot and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 40 seconds. Toss in the shrimp and stir-fry until pink, about 2 minutes. Pour in the sauce and stir to coat the shrimp well. Transfer to a plate, sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top, and serve.

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