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Garlic Soy Shrimp Recipe

Celebrate Chinese New Year With Garlic-Soy Shrimp

While much of the festivities are celebrated with friends, the eve of the Lunar New Year always involves a dinner at home with family. We enjoy a range of dishes — everything from goat to shrimp — that come from both the land and the sea. Every holiday, my mother makes this dish, which only takes a few minutes to prepare. Served with their shells still on, the shrimp are coated in a quick fragrant sauce.

My overachieving mother can peel an entire shrimp in her mouth, but if you aren't quite so adept, you can peel the shrimp in a few simple steps. To enjoy this dish, keep reading.

Garlic-Soy Shrimp

Garlic-Soy Shrimp


Look for firm, shiny shrimp with the heads and veins still intact at a Chinese supermarket. When deveining shrimp, if the shrimp is fresh, the whole vein will come out in one piece.

Garlic-Soy Sauce Shrimp


1 lb medium shrimp, heads still intact
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
Steamed rice, for serving


  1. Prep the shrimp: Cut 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch off the head of the shrimp to remove the "whiskers." Using a knife, cut off the inside legs. Using the last tine on a fork, poke a hole into the midsection of the shrimp and lift up to devein the shrimp. Pat the shrimp to dry.
  2. Make the sauce: Combine minced garlic, soy sauce, and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a pot. Add shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, until color is orange-pink throughout.
  4. Combine shrimp and all of its juices into the soy sauce mixture; stir with chopsticks to combine. Serve over rice.

Serves 4.

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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
That looks like cockroaches to me. Ha.
wren1 wren1 7 years
This goes in my recipe book :)
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
That looks really good!!!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I haven't had this in forever, and it's so good :D
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