Mama Chang's Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions

Joanne Chang's mother used to make this sweet-and-spicy shrimp stir-fry all the time. When she was old enough to cook, Chang asked her mom for the recipe. "She hemmed and hawed until she finally gave it to me, revealing her secret ingredient: ketchup."

Slideshow:More Delicious Shrimp Dishes

Slideshow:More Chinese Recipes

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 4

Related Video

More Videos
Making sushi with Celtics’ Player Kelly Olynyk


  • 1 1/2 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the garlic, ginger, red pepper, egg white and 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch until well-coated.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the ketchup with the broth, sugar, pepper, salt and the remaining 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

  3. In a very large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp and stir-fry over high heat until they begin to turn pink. Add the ketchup mixture and simmer until the shrimp are cooked, about 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions and cilantro and serve.

Suggested Pairing

This goes well with a Spanish rosé.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published November 2009

500977 recipes/mama-changs-stir-fried-shrimp-and-scallions 2013-12-06T23:36:12+00:00 Joanne Chang stir-frying|asian|chinese|4|fast|healthy|staff-favorite|weeknight-dinner november-2009,Joanne Chang,stir fried shrimp and scallions,seafood recipe,Asian food,chinese food,stir fry recipe recipes,mama-changs-stir-fried-shrimp-and-scallions 500977

Aggregate Rating value: 4

Review Count: 2075

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Kathie Bahr Hohman

Review Body: Eliminate the cilantro and this could be an ok dish.  Not the way I normally serve shrimp, but my family said it was ok.   Nothing special.  Easy to make but not something I would look to make again.

Review Rating: 2

Date Published: 2016-08-03

Author Name: Vanessa Boutwell

Review Body: This tastes like a bad shrimp cockatil

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2016-07-30