This is, by far and bar none, the most popular Chinese seafood dish I know. In fact, it is better than its restaurant counterpart because it uses real garlic, not dried garlic reconstituted in water.
Recipe courtesy of Stuart Chang Berman
Episode: Everyday Chinese
Save Recipe Print
Total:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Sauce:

Directions

Using a cleaver or knife, slice the shrimp from the back, leaving a small donut-like hole in the center, essentially butterflying the shrimp. Be careful not to cut all the way through the shrimp. Rinse away any veins under cold water. Drain well. 

Put the shrimp in a bowl and add the egg white, cornstarch and 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. Mix well. The consistency should be silky and the color milky. 

In a large wok, heat 2 cups of the oil to 280 degrees F, or place 1 shrimp in the oil and when bubbles rise from it like Champagne bubbles in a glass, add the rest of the shrimp. Turn the shrimp gently in the poaching oil. When they are white and fluffy, remove them with a stainless steel strainer or brass metal strainer. Put the cooked shrimp in a colander to drain. 

For the sauce. In a small saucepan, mix the chicken broth, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, sherry, garlic, ginger, sugar, and chili paste. Stir well. Bring the garlic sauce to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer. 

In a clean wok, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to smoking. Add the sliced water chestnuts and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the garlic sauce, stir, and bring to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil, stirring until thickened. Add the shrimp. Toss and stir 3 times until well coated. Stir in the sliced scallions and serve.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

More Food Network

Whole Lemon Bars 01:36

This lazy cook's version of a lemon bar is simple and delicious.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Shrimp with Garlic Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Brian Boitano

Garlic Butter

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Garlic Cilantro Lime Rice

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Shrimp Jambalaya

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Punjabi-Style Masala Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Geetika Khanna

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell

Grilled Veal Chops with Raw Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Dig In

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.