Shrimp with Snow Peas

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

Photography Credit: 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 with Snow Peas Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

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.



  • 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



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.

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.

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.

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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

Showing 4 of 9 Comments / Reviews

  • DianeD

    The Shrimp and peas were very good. Thank you for taking the time to post it. I did add water chestnuts, just because I love the crunchiness.

  • DHRiley

    Good recipe but next time I’ll add some Chinese peppers or pepper oil to give it a little kick.

  • June

    Can you substitute chicken? If yes, is the marinade or cooking steps different?

  • Sonia

    Loved this recipe, it came out so well on the first attempt. Made it for lunch, loved it so much that il be making it for dinner too! Lol :) Thank you for sharing! xx

  • Corrie

    Had some snow peas from our csa to use up so made this tonight – super tasty! Served it with rice cooked in a mix of water and a small can of coconut water. Delicious!

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