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Ginger shrimp stir-fry

Ginger Shrimp Stir-fry
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Chef notes

This amount of sauce is good for serving over rice. If serving without rice, use only 1/2 - 3/4 of the sauce when adding to the pan. 


  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (toasted or plain)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound shrimp, size large or extra-large, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or other neutral cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh ginger
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced thinly (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 bunch broccoli, stems and tops cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 5 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thinly (about 1 cup), or 1 cup corn kernels



In a small bowl, mix sauce all ingredients except cornstarch, and set aside. Rinse shrimp under cold water and blot dry. (If shrimp are jumbo or larger, cut into 1" pieces.) Place in a medium-sized bowl and spoon a couple tablespoons of sauce over the shrimp and stir to mix well. Let sit about 10 minutes. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining sauce, mixing until no lumps remain. 


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the julienned ginger and stir about 30 seconds. Add the carrots and broccoli, cooking another 30 seconds. Add the red onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.   


Push the vegetables to the side of the pan and add 1 tablespoon oil to the center. Once oil is hot, about 30 seconds, add the shrimp and scallions and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.  


Re-stir the sauce in its bowl to re-blend the cornstarch and pour into the skillet. Let it reach a simmer, then stir everything together for about 1 minute, until sauce is thickened.*See note, below.


Stir in bell pepper or corn, cooking 1 minute more. 


Serve while hot, over cooked brown or white rice.