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Chili Shrimp

This spicy shrimp appetizer is a hit at every buffet I host. The fiery sauce clings to the succulent shrimp, which look so pretty arranged on a festive platter. Best of all, the shrimp can be easily prepared the day before your event.—Beth Schaefer, Sherwood, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


  • Combine the first five ingredients; set aside. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry shrimp in oil for 2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; stir-fry 2-3 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink.
  • Add ketchup mixture to the pan and heat through. Stir in onion and sesame oil. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 19 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Marina
    Jan 20, 2020

    Liked it, but sauce tasted very ketchup-y. If I make this again, will probably decrease ketchup proportion.

  • veggiemama
    Jan 3, 2018

    This is really tasty and so quick and easy to make!

  • Beema
    Dec 31, 2016

    Outstanding !! I did tweak a bit, as I discovered the shrimp I bought was already cooked. So, I made the entire sauce, omitted the canola oil (as it was not needed to stir-fry the shrimp), add a few dashes of hot sauce, then let the sauce mellow in the fridge overnight. Next day, mixed it in with the shrimp, let the shrimp marinate in the sauce for a couple of hours, then served it cold. It was a huge hit.

  • dmlc1016
    Apr 26, 2015

    this recipe is a keeper. I've made it several times. Serve over jasmine rice with stir fry vegetables.

  • MarkDHaag
    Nov 27, 2014

    Needed more zip, and I believe too much ketchup.

  • scarletiam
    Jun 5, 2013

    This is a wonderful recipe. You should all try it! My daughter came home from Red Lobster talking about Chili Shrimp. So, I found this recipe. Well she said this is BETTER than what she had at RL

  • PaulaHi
    Feb 22, 2012

    Very easy and delicious!!!!! We will have this on many occasions...... try it you'll love it.