Photo: Dan Goldberg; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total Time
20 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

This salt-and-pepper shrimp recipe is a lighter (stir-fried) version of the deep-fried Asian dish that's quick and keeps the intense flavor of the original.

How to Make It

Step 1

Put peppercorns in a mortar and crush roughly with a pestle. Or put peppercorns in a large resealable plastic bag, spread out on a hard, flat surface, and crush with the bottom of a heavy frying pan or rolling pin.

Step 2

Put shrimp, half of the crushed peppercorns, and 1 tsp. salt in a large bowl and toss to coat shrimp evenly. Set aside.

Step 3

Heat a wok or large (not nonstick) pot over high heat. Add oil, garlic, remaining crushed peppercorns, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, until pink and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cilantro, turn off heat, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Chef's Notes

The different peppercorns add a subtle range of pepper flavor to this dish, but you can stick to just black peppercorns too; simply decrease the total amount to 1 1/2 tsp.

Ratings & Reviews

CooCook's Review

February 16, 2014

Deer7575's Review

May 31, 2013
I just made this with a few changes and it was still amazing. I used half the amount of shrimp since I'm single and didn't want to make that much. I also used peeled shrimp with only the tails on since I didn't want to peel shrimp after it had cooked. I cut the salt amount in half and omitted the cilantro (can't stand the taste of cilantro in anything). I served this over brown rice. Definitely use the mix of peppercorns. They add a unique flavor to the dish.

TrishRed's Review

August 25, 2012
Wish people would not rate if they did not make it! Was easy and delicious dish!

jeannes's Review

August 26, 2011
Not a review...a question. So you serve this with the shells on? I hate having to shell shrimp at the table..and hate having guests having to do so also! Since is sounds tasty I'll give it 3 stars..but only because it is required to post.

Kamij23's Review

August 08, 2011
This was delicious! I made it with a pasta dish for my anniversary it was awesome!

hnkind's Review

July 01, 2009
Delicious!!! My 6 year couldn't get enough.