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Sweet and Sour Crackerjack Shrimp

Take on the takeout with this recipe for Sweet and Sour Crackerjack Shrimp.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 4 servings


For the shrimp marinade:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small egg white, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Shaoshing wine or Sherry

For the shrimp:

  • 1 lbs shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup store-bought sweet chili sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  • In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the shrimp marinade. Set aside.
  • Rinse the cleaned shrimp under cold water then lay out on paper towels and pat until completely dry.
  • Add shrimp to marinade and cover the bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. While shrimp are marinating, prepare the sauce by whisking together all of the sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Set the prepared sauce aside.
  • Place the 1 cup of cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the marinated shrimp to the cornstarch, tossing to evenly coat. Transfer the coated shrimp to a colander and shake off any excess cornstarch.
  • Place a large, deep sauté pan over medium-high heat. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes until it is very hot.
  • Add the peanut oil it should slide very easily across the pan but not smoke).
  • Add half of prepared shrimp to the pan, spread out so they aren't touching each other. Allow them to cook 2 minutes, then flip them once and cook on the second side for 1 additional minute, or just until they turn pink and are fully cooked throughout.
  • Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat the cooking process with the second half of the shrimp, adding more oil to the pan if necessary.
  • Drain the excess oil from the pan and then allow the pan to cool before returning it to the stove (this is very important).
  • Return the pan to the stove, placing it over medium heat. Add the prepared sauce and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the cooked shrimp to the sauce and toss to evenly coat.
  • Spoon Crackerjack Shrimp into dishes and serve.
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