Shrimp with Snow Peas

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.

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



  • 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.

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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.

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  • Barbz

    Perfect for week night dinner. Easy to prepare and has a wonderful balance of flavors
    I added an extra teaspoon of corn starch and sherry to the marinade and extra 1/4 cup of broth to make a little more sauce.


  • Janet B

    This was outstanding!! Thank you for posting. It was simple and easy and tastes delicious!!5 star in my opinion!!!!


  • Bob Q

    The directions tell you to add the snow peas at two different points in cooking. Which is right? The instructions should be corrected.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Bob! Do you mean in Step 3? If so, the boldfaced text is kind of a summary of the step and then the regular text after that gives more info about what to do in the step. It’s all the same step, though.

  • John

    Very good. Thanks. I also added carrots and water chestnuts.


  • Carol T.

    Wonderful! I did 10oz of snow peas to 10 oz shrimp, slivered the ginger, and added one Tbs. of chili paste. I have made this recipe several times!

  • 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?

    • Elise Bauer

      The answer is yes, you can make a chicken and snow peas recipe instead of shrimp and snow peas, and yes, the cooking steps would be different. I recommend doing an Internet search for a different recipe though, as I have not tried this recipe with chicken instead of shrimp and wouldn’t know what to tell you on the changes.

  • 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!

    • Corrie

      *Coconut milk not water.

  • Bline79

    Thanks for the inspiration here. I usually use this sauce recipe with great success:

  • Sandy S

    Reporting back that this is really good! Light but filling. Also found it to be delicious cold and will look forward to having it that way in the warmer weather. May try it with bok choy or asparagus when the snow peas are not available. Certainly a surprisingly tasty dish!