Thai-Style Ginger & Sweet Red Chili Shrimp

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This Thai-style shrimp dish is easy to make at home and you can find all the ingredients at your neighborhood supermarket.

Plate of Thai-style ginger and sweet red chili shrimp with rice.

When Michael and I were newly married and living in the city, we used to go out to dinner almost every night. We worked long hours, had an apartment with a teeny-tiny kitchen (we kept our bicycles in it!), and lived within a stone’s throw of many great restaurants. One dog, two kids, and a house in the burbs later, it’s actually much easier – not to mention a lot less expensive – to cook and eat at home. And the fact is, you don’t have to go out to enjoy restaurant quality meals. This Thai-style shrimp dish is easy to make at home and you can find all the ingredients at your neighborhood supermarket. The flavor comes from lots of fresh ginger, garlic, and one of the best bottled sauces you can have in your kitchen: Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce.

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Thai-Style Ginger & Sweet Red Chili Shrimp

This Thai-style shrimp dish is easy to make at home and you can find all the ingredients at your neighborhood supermarket.

Servings: 4 - 6


  • 2 pounds extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup peanut oil, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger (see note)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 4 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Asian/toasted sesame oil


  1. Place the shrimp in a bowl with the dry sherry and salt and marinate for 30 minutes; toss every so often.
  2. Heat a large wok or 12-inch skillet until very hot. While the pan is heating, lay the shrimp out on paper towels and pat dry. Add 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil to the pan and heat until sizzling. Add half of the shrimp to the pan (they should be in a single layer) and stir-fry (cook, stirring continuously) until just pink but not cooked through, 1-2 minutes. Transfer the partially cooked shrimp to a plate, then add the remaining two tablespoons of peanut oil to the pan and heat until sizzling; add the remaining shrimp and stir-fry as you did the first batch. When the shrimp are just pink but not cooked through, add the reserved shrimp back to the pan along with the ginger, garlic, sweet red chili sauce and jalapeño peppers; stir-fry for about 1 minute more. Add the water, soy sauce, scallions and bell peppers and cook until the shrimp are cooked through, 1-2 minutes more. Do not overcook. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp to a serving dish. Continue to cook the sauce until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat, stir in the sesame oil, and then pour over the shrimp. Serve with jasmine rice.
  3. Note: When working with jalapeño peppers, be careful to minimize contact with the seeds. Simply cut the flesh off the seeds and stem, then chop the flesh. If you touch the seeds, wash your hands well.
  4. Note: Check out easy guidance on how to peel, grate, and chop fresh ginger here.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Sodium: 1049 mg
  • Cholesterol: 191 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • Very Thai-restaurant like taste and look with the peppers, ginger and garlic gilding the shrimp. My wife loves SE Asian food and this recipe. Thank you.

    • — Docmike on December 12, 2023
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  • Wow, it’s got a decent amount of ingredients but super simple and fun to make. Made this for my wife who is the chef in the house and its now our go to shrimp dish

    • — Kurt Houser on December 2, 2023
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  • Another delicious dinner from Once Upon A Chef! Made it tonight and it’s an instant hit. Had to make a couple subs. Thanks to comments I knew I could use Marsala wine for the dry sherry I didn’t have. Red pepper flakes took the place of jalepenos. And I doubled the sauce. Served with jasmine rice and stirred in some broccoli. We really liked the sauce’s subtle heat. Will definitely make this again. And again. And again. Thanks Jenn!

    • — Anne Elliot on July 23, 2023
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  • Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it. It was delicious!

    • — Mary on January 22, 2023
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  • Served on top of fluffy jasmine rice. I followed the recipe exactly. I wish it had had a bit more heat and punch. Maybe more jalapeño, garlic, and salt? I lived in Asia for two years so maybe my standards are different?

    It was okay-good. But I would definitely alter it next attempt.

    • — Ji Ji on December 16, 2022
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  • Would I be able to refrigerate after cooking to serve later as an appetizer? Any suggestion(s)?

    • — Nervous Hostess on November 6, 2022
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    • Sure — when you prepare it initially, I’d slightly undercook the shrimp. You can reheat the dish on the stove or microwave until just heated through when you’re ready to serve them. Undercooking the shrimp ever-so-slightly the first time around will keep you from overcooking them when you reheat. I hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on November 8, 2022
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  • Hi Jennifer,
    I am making this tomorrow and everyone is suggesting to double the sauce as it is so delicious. Would I double garlic, ginger, etc. too or just the Chile sauce, soy sauce and water? I am on a roll this week, making your kale salad, deviled eggs, trying the quinoa salad and this shrimp. If you would advise on sauce, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your wonderful recipes, I have surpassed 40….all great!

    • — Jackie Evans on August 6, 2022
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    • Hi Jackie, I’d double everything. So glad you’re enjoying the recipes!

      • — Jenn on August 7, 2022
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  • Excellent. I goofed and used shrimp with shell on so it was a tad bit messy. Won’t make that mistake again. I did double the sauce ingredients. I had some potstickers in the freezer so we also had that over jasmine rice. This is awesome! Thank you Jen!!

    • — Lynn on June 30, 2022
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  • Jenn, you are batting a thousand. I haven’t yet found one of your recipes that we didn’t love! This dish is delicious and oh so easy for weeknights! I am so thrilled that I found your site.

  • This is an EXCELLENT inexpensive replacement for take-out Chinese and extremely healthy. Could add peanuts or cashews to add a little interest if you like but it is a keeper to the ‘what can we make in the shrimp category tonite’?

  • So although I’m not a fan of recipes being altered, when it comes to shrimps I cook them separately. I made the sauce first in a bowl. Then I sautéed the fresh ginger and garlic on low for a minute. Then added the sauce (liquid ingredients) which instead of all water I used OJ and a bit of water plus a good squeeze of fresh lime. Since I had no jalapeño I added spicy garlic chili paste. Simmered on stove top. Did the shrimp in another pan just stir fried in butter and Evo. Dumped sauce in. Served over rice with stir fried veggies. And toasted sesame seeds. Delicious!!!!

  • This was DELICIOUS!! Definitely a keeper for me. Perfect amount of heat and seasoning. After reading reviews, I increased the sauce ingredients & it was perfect. Thanks, Jenn…as usual I can always rely on your recipes!

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