Spicy Orange Shrimp

Spicy Orange Shrimp

Last week when I made the fresh pea risotto with spicy grilled shrimp, I realized that it had been a while since I had done much of interest with shrimp and all of a sudden I was starting to feel shrimp withdrawal symptoms. Luckily I had just the idea to satisfy the cravings in the form of this spicy orange shrimp. I had been thinking about doing a shrimp dish with orange and some Asian flavours for a while and it was the perfect time to try it. I kept the recipe nice and simple with just a few basic ingredients. Oranges can have a fairly subtle flavour so the idea is to season the sauce without overpowering the flavours of the orange. Basically you want to balance the flavour of the orange with a bit of saltiness from the soy sauce, some tang from the vinegar, a touch of sweetness from the honey and some spicy chili heat. The net result is a dish of succulent shrimp covered in a sauce with the aroma and flavour of oranges that just dances on your tongue. I made these shrimp as more of an appetizer but you could easily turn this into a meal by adding a few vegetables and maybe some cashews and serving it on rice or noodles.

Spicy Orange Shrimp

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

1 tablespoon oil
1 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1 tablespoon garlic (grated)
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
1 orange (juice and zest)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chili sauce (or to taste)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)

1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the shrimp and saute until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
3. Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
4. Add the orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, rice wine, honey and chili sauce, deglaze the pan and simmer to reduce to a sauce like consistency.
5. Remove from heat and mix in the shrimp and cilantro.

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vanillasugar said...

love a good spicy orange shrimp that is not loaded with chemicals or crap

Peabody said...

Looks super delish and the shrimp look nice and plump.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

This has got to be marvelous!!!

karenbove said...

This looks SO good. Definitely on my to-make list!

Memória said...

OH, I could definitely make this! Bookmarking!

Julie said...

THese flavors sound just awesome together!

Nina Timm said...

Love the contrasting eating experience...spice and the oranges to cool down your mouth. Brilliant!

jose manuel said...

Se ven deliciosas, te ha quedado estupendas. Un saludo

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Terrific! That combination is awesome!



Ana Powell said...

Great flavours ♥

LRP said...

Making this tonight! Kevin - if I don't have fresh ginger, do you think powdered ginger would work and if so, what would be your recommended amount?

Kevin said...

LRP: I would stick with fresh ginger in this recipe... Tip: Ginger freezes well and grates much easier when frozen. I always put any leftover ginger in the freezer for use later so there is no waste.

Jan said...

Great combination of flavors, and looks fabulous. I really will have to give this one a whirl.

smalltownoven said...

Wow. This looks so delicious! I've never seen shrimp in an orange sauce. So creative!

Cara said...

Sounds great, I love the fruity sweet & spicy combo.

Olga Tikhonova said...

wow, your writing and the photos are already so appetizing, let alone the recipe

Mrs. L said...

Wow this sounds good. And heck with adding anything, I think just over rice and this would make a fantastic dinner!

Magic of Spice said...

Delightful...want some now!

Mika said...

I cooked this with my favorite purgatory beans...I boiled them 20 minutes in hot water and than other 15 minutes with the sauce...they are fabulous! I love this recipe!

Kate Kalcevich said...

I made this last night and it was excellent. Definitely one of the top 5 seafood recipes I've ever made at home. Highly recommended.

Cindy said...

Kevin, I've had this recipe bookmarked forever and I finally made it tonight. Execellent! Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This was AMAZING! I doubled the sauce and added a bit more orange juice and soy. My family and I RAVED about this and I was ordered to print the recipe right away. (and Im not easily blown away) If your questioning whether or not to make this you MUST do it. I will never go back to the jarred sauce again. So flavorful and so easy!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Made tonight and my husband proclaimed it a Keeper. Love the flavor and the heat. Thank you so much for sharing <3! Christie

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