Healthy Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Classic Chinese salt and pepper shrimp with a healthy twist without losing any authentic taste. It’s gluten-free and only requires 15 minutes. So quick and yum!

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Gluten Free
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, deveined and shells on
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns or ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 fresh Thai chili or dried red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil with high smoke point such as avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • Chopped green onion for garnishing


  1. Rinse shrimp in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Combine salt, pepper and sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Combine prepared ginger, garlic, and chili in a separate small bowl. These two steps will allow you to move quickly while cooking.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Swirl.
  5. When the oil is hot, place shrimp into the pan and sauté until it begins to turn pink, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Toss ginger, garlic and chili combination into the pan. Stir frequently until the shrimp is opaque.
  7. Quickly add salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir until shrimps are evenly coated by all seasonings, about 30 seconds. Dish. Garnish with green onion and serve immediately.


  • The same amount of spices might be too strong for peeled shrimp. Reduce the spices accordingly if using peeled shrimp for this recipe.
  • I recommend purchasing your shrimp in the seafood section of an Asian market for the most authentic taste, but that will require a bit more prep time in order to devein the shrimp. 


Keywords: salt and pepper shirmp