Spicy Sambal Shrimp Stir-Fry


This quick shrimp stir-fry dinner has so much flavor, that it's hard to believe it comes together in just 20 minutes.

Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves

The key is in spicy sambal oelek sauce, an Indonesian condiment made from crushed chilies, vinegar, and other flavoring ingredients like garlic or sugar. Think of it as sriracha's thicker, less acidic cousin. Mixed with salty soy, tart lime juice, and sweet honey, the sambal becomes a luxurious, flavorful sauce to coat the shrimp and veggies. It's simple and yet sophisticated without standing over the stove for hours—just what great weeknight meals are made of.


  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek) or sriracha

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 limes

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 1 ½ pounds peeled, deveined, tail-on large raw shrimp

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 6 ounces snow peas (about 2 cups), trimmed

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger (from a 1-in. piece)

  • Steamed white rice, sesame seeds, and fresh cilantro leaves, for serving


  1. Place soy sauce, chile paste, and honey in a small bowl. Squeeze in 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lime and stir to combine. Cut remaining lime into wedges and set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp and season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add snow peas, carrots, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in sambal mixture and shrimp; cook, stirring constantly until sauce is slightly thickened and shrimp are heated through, about 1 minute. Serve stir-fry over rice with lime wedges alongside; garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Cholesterol 274mg 91%
Sodium 746mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 36g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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