Easy Shrimp Stir-Fry

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2023
I love shrimp, and I’m always looking for new ways to fix it. This shrimp stir-fry features crunchy peanuts and vegetables with a pleasant hint of ginger. —Josie Smith, Winamac, Indiana
Easy Shrimp Stir-Fry Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup frozen stir-fry vegetable blend, thawed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts


  1. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir in the soy sauce, garlic powder and ginger; set aside.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil; stir-fry broccoli 2 minutes. Add red pepper and onions; stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes longer. Add the shrimp, vegetable blend and garlic; cook 3 minutes more.
  3. Stir in cornstarch mixture; add the peanuts. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Shrimp Stir-Fry Tips

How can you tell when the shrimp are done cooking?

To know when shrimp is cooked (and safe to eat), watch its color. A perfectly cooked shrimp is firm enough to curl without being constricted, and it has an opaque pink color with a sheen. When it's overcooked, shrimp turns matte white or gray. Another easy way to tell if shrimp is cooked is if it's curled into a nice C shape. Overcooked shrimp are curled tightly into an O shape. So simply, "C" for cooked, and "O" for overcooked. Easy! (Psst! Do you know how to pick the right type of shrimp for your recipe?)

What else can you put in shrimp stir-fry?

If you want to use fresh veggies instead of frozen, simply add them a little sooner so they'll cook properly. You can also substitute sesame oil for half the olive oil, and add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds alongside the peanuts. You may also stir in chili crisp, Sriracha or your favorite Asian sauce.

What can you serve with shrimp stir-fry?

White rice is a quick and simple side, but if you want to take it up a notch try our Crispy Crab Rangoons.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 273 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 593mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.