Salt and Pepper Shrimp


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I first had this dish at a local chinese restaurant once and decided to make my own version.  You can actually fry chicken wings and squid for this dish and the Salt and Pepper mix is the same.  Salty, Sweet, and Spicy!  Served as an appetizer or main course with white rice.




  • 1-2 Lbs of 16-22 Jumbo Shrimp
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fine Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp table salt
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Course or Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp deep fried garlic (get this at the asian market)
  • 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Course chopped cilantro
  • Several thinly sliced jalapenos
  • Oil for deep frying


Step 1

Clean the shrimp and remove tails. Dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Lightly season the shrimp with 1/4 tsp of white pepper, and 1/4 tsp of fine black pepper. Mix well.

Step 3

In a container or mixing bowl, pour in the cornstarch and coat each piece of shrimp and lay out on a pan or cookie sheet. Make sure the the shrimp is evenly coated on all sides.

Step 4

In a large wok, heat up the oil to 350f. use enough oil to completely submerge the shrimp while fry.

Step 5

While waiting to the oil to heat up, make the salt and pepper mix by combining the salt, cracked black pepper, sugar, fried garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

Step 6

Fry all the shrimp for about 1-2 minutes, making sure to not crowd the pan. Take out and strain the shrimp when the color is a light blonde color. Let the batch rest for about 1-2 minutes.

Step 7

Fry the shrimp a second time for about 20-30 seconds. This will make the coating extra crispy. Strain and set aside

Step 8

In another wok (or use same wok just remove all the frying oil and clean) heat 1 tbsp of oil. Don't over heat the wok.

Step 9

Put the crispy shrimp in the wok and toss around with the salt and pepper mix and add chopped cilantro and jalepeno slices. The amount of salt and pepper mix will depend on your taste. I general start off with a couple of pinches or just until I can really see the cracked black pepper and its looks like there is a good balance. Don't over do it here. Toss around for a few seconds to blend and infuse all the flavors together, then plate and serve. Garnish with more chopped cilantro. Serve with rice or as an appetizer.

Step 10

Note: If you don't like it spicy, reduce the amount of pepper flakes or completely omit. Same goes for the jalapenos This is still delicious without pepper flakes. Instead of shrimp, you can do chicken wings, kalamari or squid...basically anything you can coat with cornstarch! The secret to getting the batter crispy is to fry it twice!

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