Jul 12, 2020

Peas and Shrimps Quick Stir-Fry

Don't think of this recipe the same as famed classic Shanghai dish river shrimp stir-fry. This recipe is much easier in a way that we're skipping the quick frying step for the shrimps. That can save quite some hassles, especially considering all the frying oil involved. As for our version, a quick stir-fry with super high heat and a wok will do the trick.

Peas and shrimps quick stir-fry -


  • 12 medium shrimps 
  • 3/4 cups garden peas
  • 1 teaspoon aged Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice cooking wine
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and finely chopped young ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimps. Use 1 egg white plus 1 teaspoon of Chinese rice cooking wine to give the shrimps a light massage and a quick marinate.

Peel and finely chop the young ginger.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a wok and turn to high heat. Also transfer ginger over, quickly stir-fry for about 10 seconds.

Add in garden peas and cook for about 20 to 30 seconds. Add in the shrimps and cook for about 30 seconds. 

Season with 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of aged Shaoxing wine. Cook another 30 seconds. Plate and ready to go.

Sounds fast? Everything happens in the blink of an eye here, especially we're working with very high heat.

Two types of Chinese cooking wine are used here, aged Shaoxing wine and rice cooking wine. Shaoxing can create an aromatic lingering effect, so it's used for seasoning. Just a small amount to boost up the flavors. As for the rice cooking wine, it was used as a quick marinade, which helps in washing away any unwanted seafood scent. On top of that, rice cooking wine won't alter the final taste of the dish.

The natural sweetness from the garden peas shined here, and the shrimps has a clean cut texture and flavor. Truly letting both key ingredients speak for themselves. As long as we can keep that heat up and move super fast, you'll have a fine quick stir-fry just within minutes.

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