Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Sweet and Sour Shrimp is made with golden-crispy shrimp, healthy veggies, and coated in a delicious sweet and sour sauce. It is the perfect quick and easy Chinese meal that is ready in about 30 minutes!

I love making simple, quick, and flavorful meals for the whole family to enjoy. If you love Asian inspired dishes, you might also love Kung Pao Chicken, Crispy Orange Chicken, Mongolian Beef.

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Easy Sweet and Sour Shrimp

 This homemade Sweet and Sour Shrimp is our go-to meal during the busy days. We love this meal, as it is a simple stir-fry dish that is all in one-pot. The flavors are deep and just amazing! In addition, this is quite a healthy recipe, and kids love it just as much! 

Chinese dishes are some of our most favorite once, and this one is definitely on top of our list. I have made it numerous times and adjusted the flavors to make it better than takeout. Trust me, this is one of the easiest (and tastiest) weeknights dinners you can make.

Also, unlike many over Asian dishes, this one is quite healthy. We try to incorporate seafood into our family’s diet, at least once a week. According to the USDA website, it is recommended to serve at least two 4-ounce of seafood a week. Therefore, feel free to enjoy it whenever you crave some Asian inspired meals, ready in less than 30 minutes!

Is Sweet and Sour Shrimp Chinese?

How to make Sweet and Sour Shrimp?

  • Clean the Shrimp and the veggies: Ensure to use deveined and peeled shrimp. If not, clean them and devein at home. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Also, wash the veggies and cut into smaller cubbed pieces. 
  • Make the sauce: Simply, combine honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, and pineapple juice. Then, make a cornstarch slurry, and set aside.
  • Cook the ingredients: The shrimp and peppers/veggies cook together in one pan over medium-high heat. I like using sesame oil, as it has a deep and nice flavor. However, if you do not have it on hand, use regular cooking oil. 
  • Add the sauce: When the shrimp and veggies are almost cooked, add the sweet and sour sauce. Then, simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the cornstarch slurry: Add the slurry to it, and cook until thickened, for about 30 seconds more.
  • Garnish and serve: I love to garnish it with freshly chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

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What size shrimp do you use?

Depending on whether you are buying them by already in a package or per pound, I usually go with larger sized once. As a general rule, I use 16/18 count per pound. However, feel free to use a smaller version as well. Also, you can go with extra-large or even tiger once. In that case, you might want to cut them in half as they are very large. 

Just remember, that shrimp cooks very fast. All you need is about 3-4 minutes, and they are done. Therefore, no matter what size you are going with, keep a close eye on them, not to overcook. 

What to serve with Sweet and Sour Shrimp?

We love serving it over coconut rice, or white rice. Also, feel free to serve it with some steamed broccoli, or roasted asparagus on the side.

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Recipe Tips:

  • This dish is very versatile. Therefore, feel free to use or substitute with your favorite veggies. Some good additions are, celery, broccoli, carrot, green pepper, mushrooms, pineapple. 
  • Same goes for the garnish. Sesame or black sesame seeds work really well here, but feel free to go with what you like. 
  • For a spicier kick, add some crushed red pepper flakes, or chop in some chili pepper.
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Sweet and Sour Shrimp
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins


  • 2 pounds  shrimp  (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 2  eggs beaten 
  •  canola oil for frying 
  • 1 cup  pineapple chunks 
  • 1  red bell pepper  (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1  green bell pepper  (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1  yellow onion  (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 3 cloves  garlic  (minced)

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup  pineapple juice 
  • 1/4 cup  orange juice 
  • 2 tablespoons  soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup  light brown sugar  (packed)
  • 1/4 cup  white sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup  apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup  ketchup 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1/4 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  water 
  •  Garnish: 

Green onions

  •  Sesame seeds 


Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk to combine until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  2. Place it on the stove over medium heat. Stir or whisk well until it comes to a light boil.
  3. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust for sugar and tanginess.
  4. Once the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove it from heat. Set aside.


  1. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  3. Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  4. Dip the shrimp into the beaten eggs.
  5. Add the shrimp to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  6. Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  7. Remove to a plate and set aside.


  1. Once done cooking the shrimp, discard all the oil, leaving only 2 tablespoons in the pan.
  2. Add the onion chunks, bell pepper chunks, garlic, and pineapple chunks, cook for 2-3 minutes, until just tender.
  3. Add the sauce back to the pan, stir until all the veggies are coated well.
  4. Add the shrimp and stir again to coat well in the sauce.
  5. Stir and cook until the sauce has thickened more and is simmering lightly.
  6. Serve over rice, garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Calories: 720 Carbohydrates: 109 Protein: 53 Fat: 6 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 653 Sodium: 2784 Potassium: 736 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 59 Vitamin A: 1365 Vitamin C: 99 Calcium: 393 Iron: 7
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Tara Pittman

My boys love this at the Chinese place. Now I can make it for them


Brianne Tursi Manz

Not sure if I've ever made or had sweet and sour shrimp before. This homemade recipe looks so delicious. I can't wait to make it.



I love everything sweet and sour. I haven't tried shrimp yet though. It looks delicious.


Skye McLain

Oh my husband would love this! I'll definitely have to make it for him! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


Jeni Hawkins

This is such a lovely dish! I am a huge fan of sweet and sour recipes and I also love rice.



One of my absolute FAVORITE meals! Love shrimp and even better when it's spicy!


Celebrate Woman Today

One of my favorites for sure. But made in your own kitchen – is so long-awaited! Making it this month, Catalina, for one of dinners or even lunches.


Claudia Krusch

Such a great week night recipe! Love how easy it is! Can't wait to try it tomorrow!



This looks fantastic! My daughters like sweet and sour so maybe they will be willing to try it with shrimp. Definitely making this dish in October!


Krystel | Frugal Living

I'm definitely doing this! I love making shrimp for dinner and this looks good


katrina Kroeplin

i love sweet and sour chicken and shrimp! this is a great recipe! i will have to make it soon


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