Shrimp with Snow Peas

A classic Chinese stir fry of shrimp and snow peas with a mild ginger-garlic sauce.

Shrimp Snow Peas
Elise Bauer

Do you grow snow peas? I plant some every year in my garden, and they are usually the first things to come up in the spring.

That corner of the garden becomes my grazing spot, the fresh spring peas and snow peas never quite make it to the kitchen. I'm too busy munching on them while I weed. So it's off to the market for snow peas in the spring.

Here's a quick and easy dish, a classic Chinese stir-fry with shrimp, snow peas, ginger, and garlic. Enjoy!

Shrimp Snow Peas
Elise Bauer

Shrimp with Snow Peas

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

You can also use sugar snap peas for this recipe. Save prep time by prepping the peas, ginger, and garlic while the shrimp is marinating.

Ingredients

  • Marinade:
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or potato starch)
  • 1 Tbsp shaoxing Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Stir Fry:
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, strings removed
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if cooking gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 4 green onions, white and light green parts, sliced diagonally
  • 2 teaspoons dark roasted sesame oil

Method

  1. Marinate the shrimp

    Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl, then add the shrimp. Toss to coat. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes while you prep the peas, ginger, and garlic.

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  2. Stir-fry ginger and garlic

    Heat a wok or large sauté pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add the peanut oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add the ginger and garlic and toss to combine. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds.

  3. Add shrimp, snow peas, soy sauce, stock, stir-fry

    Add the shrimp and all the marinade to the pan (scrape out all the marinade with a rubber spatula). Add the snow peas, soy sauce and chicken stock. Stir-fry until the shrimp turns pink, about 2 minutes.

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  4. Add green onions, finish with sesame oil

    Add the green onions and stir-fry 1 more minute. Turn off the heat and add the sesame oil. Toss to combine once more and serve with steamed rice.

Links:

Beef with Snow Peas, from The Pioneer Woman

Tofu Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Mushrooms, from The Kitchn

Chicken Stir Fry with Snow Peas and Asparagus, from Andrea Meyers

Shrimp Snow Peas
Elise Bauer