Spicy, Peppery Shrimp with Lemon-Soy Garlic Dip

While it may sensible to plan your main course first, especially when entertaining, it is still important to give plenty of thought to the appetizer. Divinely crisp and naughty, those spicy and peppery shrimp are great on their own or served with a lemon-soy garlic dip on the side.


  • 1 1/2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbs. peanut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red ground chili
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

For the dip:
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh scallions
  • 1/4 tsp. honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


To make a dip: In a bowl, stir together lemon juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, scallions, honey and minced garlic. The dipping sauce may be made a day in advance, covered and refrigerated.

Bring to room temperature before serving. 
In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch, ground ginger, red ground chili, smoked paprika and salt and pepper. Spread the cornstarch mixture on a plate.

Warm a wok or large fry pan over high heat until very hot and pour in the peanut oil. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 5 seconds.

Quickly pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and dip in the cornstarch, coating both sides and shaking off the excess. Add the shrimp to the wok in a single layer and sear, turning once, until opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with the dipping sauce.

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Medeja said...
November 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM  

Wonderful appetizer! The sauce sounds really yummy!

Treatntrick Treat and Trick said...
November 28, 2012 at 9:21 PM  

This awesome dish looks awesome with that special dip!

Viví Taboada said...
November 29, 2012 at 2:21 AM  

un lujo de plato! me encanta, bicos

Anonymous said...
November 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM  

Lovely shrimp dish....sounds very tasty...
Love your props :)

Marina said...
November 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM  

I found another thing we have in common: our love to shrimp! :) Tasty, tasty! I never can have enough of it! :)

Spicie Foodie said...
November 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM  

I could eat these as an appetizer or for a meal. Love the recipe, thanks for sharing Yelena:)

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
December 1, 2012 at 2:49 AM  

Beautiful and delicious shrimp, Yelena! I have all the ingredients so I should give this recipe a try soon! :)

llimaverda* said...
December 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM  

qué maravilla, es precioso y muy rico, bsts

Regina Melo-Jocknevich said...
April 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM  

Hello Yelena, how are you?

My husband & I love shrimp, and I think this recipe with lemon-soy garlic dip might be too delicious, definitely is something I must try.

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