20-Minute Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry

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There is an abundance of 30-minute meals around these parts, some savory, some sweet, but all guaranteed to be on your table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Property Brothers(hi, Jonathan and Drew!). But sometimes even 30 minutes is pushing it when it comes to whipping up a homemade meal. So now you can go from raw ingredients to a meal-in-a-bowl in 20 minutes or less. Welcome to the takeout-fakeout party, Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry!

This quick and easy recipe stars a homemade spin on a Chinese food favorite, featuring DIY sweet and sour shrimp sautéed with sugar snap peas and tossed together with udon noodles. Feel free to add more veggies to the mix or to swap the noodles for rice (or zucchini noodles!). And this is precisely why I am a stir-fry fanatic: Stir-fry recipes are simply templates pointing you in a general direction. They leave the recipe roadmap wide open for customizations. Not a fan of shrimp? Up the cooking time and toss in cubed chicken breast for a seafood-free alternative.

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20-Minute Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry

Toss the takeout menus in favor of this fast and fresh recipe for 20-Minute Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry!
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the sauce:

  • 2/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the stir-fry:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, blanched (See Kelly’s Note)
  • 8 ounces rice noodles, cooked


Make the sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and cornstarch. Set the sauce aside.

Make the stir-fry:

  • Add the olive oil to a wok or large, tall-sided sauté pan set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the shrimp and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp are pink and mostly cooked through, about 2 minutes.
  • Move the shrimp and snap peas to the edges of the pan, increase the heat to medium-high then pour the prepared sauce in the center. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it thickens to the consistency of syrup, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low then add the noodles and toss to combine until they're thoroughly coated with the sauce. Serve immediately.

Kelly’s Note:

  • To blanch the sugar snap peas, add them to a pot of boiling water for about 20 seconds then remove them and immediately rinse them with cold water. This will cook them partially while also ensuring a bright green color.
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Calories: 330kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 285mg, Sodium: 1555mg, Potassium: 230mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 535IU, Vitamin C: 36.8mg, Calcium: 192mg, Iron: 3.7mg


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    1. Sure, Diana! Just add the cooked shrimp to the pan at the very end to coat in the sauce and warm through.

  1. The recipe states: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch – however I do not see sesame oil listed as an ingredient, it also does not say to include the rice wine vinegar. Can you clarify?

    1. Hi Susan! Thanks for catching this. I’ve updated the recipe but you may need to clear your cache to see it.

      1. Hi Lacey – You most likely need to clear your cache to see the updated recipe. And you actually do not need any sesame oil. :)

  2. I was just getting ready to make this tonight, and in your ingredients, you call for 1/3 cup pineapple juice, but there is no where in your instructions on when to add it! Or where?
    I am adding it to the sauce, and hopefully this will be right, and you have 2 add ins for the snap peas????

    1. Hi there! Adding these corrections now, but yes, the pineapple juice goes in the sauce and the snap peas are added with the shrimp. Thanks for letting me know!

  3. 20 minute deliciousness is my middle name. Well, not really. My mom wouldn’t have been okay with that. But still, I’m loving this!

  4. I love quick and easy ! I love healthy food full of flavor. Thank you for the great ideas keep them coming please
    We love stir fry and roasted foods

  5. I love a quick and easy weeknight recipe that I can easily make gluten free. I’ll just use Tamari instead of soy!