Candied Walnuts with Shrimp in Spicy Garlic Sauce

  • Yield 4 servings

Shrimp represents wealth and abundance in Chinese culture.


1 pound medium raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium bell peppers, any color, julienned
1 small white onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
1/2 cup candied walnuts, to garnish
Spicy Garlic Marinade
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a nonstick wok or sauté pan over high heat and coat with 2 tablespoons oil. Add shrimp, reserving marinade. Sauté until shrimp turns pink, about 2 minutes. Remove and place in a bowl.
  3. Recoat wok with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, onion, salt, red pepper, and reserved shrimp marinade. Sauté until peppers soften, about 1 minute. Return shrimp to wok, stir, and heat through. Garnish with candied walnuts. Serve hot with rice or pasta.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Ying Chang Compestine’s Ying’s Best One-Dish Meals (Sellers Publishing Inc., 2011)



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