COUNTRY:                           CHINA

DISH:                                     SWEET & SOUR SHRIMP

CONTRIBUTED BY:            Angela Yeung, Chinese Expat (SA Citizen)

Sweet and Sour Shrimp is a quick Chinese meal made all in on pot! Succulent seafood is stir-fried with bell peppers, zucchini, pineapple and then tossed in a tangy honey sauce. This dish comes together in just 20 minutes for a simple and flavourful dinner.


Sweet and Sour Sauce

½ cup honey

⅓ cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tablespoons pineapple juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons water


Shrimp Stir-Fry

1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined, 16/20 count size

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided

½ teaspoon sesame oil

1 cup red bell pepper ¾-inch dice

1 cup zucchini ¼-inch slices

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 cup pineapple chunks

1 tablespoon sliced green onion

¼ teaspoon sesame seeds



  1. Whisk together honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, and pineapple juice in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk together cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
  3. Dry shrimp with paper towels. Combine shrimp with salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Heat a wok or large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and sesame oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the shrimp in a single layer, do not move for 1 minute. Stir and cook another 30 seconds. Transfer cooked shrimp to a clean plate.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan, once hot add the bell pepper and zucchini. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and ginger, stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add in the pineapple and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour in the sweet and sour sauce, stir and cook until simmering, 2 minutes.
  8. Whisk the cornstarch mixture and then gradually add it to the centre of the pan. Stir constantly until the sauce is thickened, 30 seconds.
  9. Add the cooked shrimp, stir to combine and cook until shrimp are warmed through, 2 minutes.
  10. Serve sweet and sour shrimp garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.