Bite into a savory delight: Crystal Shrimp recipe

Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds with a savory and sweet dish that’s sure to impress your guests? Look no further than this crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce recipe! Whether you’re an experienced chef or a culinary novice, this dish is sure to be a hit.

The combination of succulent medium-sized shrimp, a delicious sweet and sour sauce, and crispy veggies make for a perfect meal. With the addition of toasted sesame seeds, this dish will delight all the senses.

Don’t let the thought of making your own sauce intimidate you; this recipe is easy to follow and yields fantastic results. Plus, with so many possible variations and substitutions, it’s easy to customize the dish to your own taste preferences.

So, invite some friends over, turn on some music and get ready to impress with this crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce recipe. Trust me – it’ll be a party in every bite!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Are you ready to take your taste buds on a journey of culinary discovery? Then you simply must try my Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe! Pack full of delicious ingredients like succulent medium shrimp, juicy fresh pineapple, crunchy carrots and bell peppers, this dish is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the sauce. Made with a tantalizing combination of rice vinegar, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ketchup, and chili sauce – this thick and velvety sauce is so good that you’ll want to smother it over everything. Seriously, it’s that good!

Whether you’re in the mood for glazed shrimp or deep-fried shrimp, breaded or crispy shrimp or even stir-fried ingredients – this recipe has got you covered. Not only is it versatile and easy to make – but it’s also the perfect dish for feeding friends and family during any occasion.

One bite of my Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe, and you’ll be hooked for life. Once you’ve made it once (or twice), I guarantee that it will become one of your go-to dishes in no time! So why not give your taste buds the joy they deserve and try this best ever shrimp recipe now? Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 These crystal shrimp are so clear, you can see the sea!
These crystal shrimp are so clear, you can see the sea!

Here’s everything you’ll need to create the tantalizing Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe:

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped

For the Shrimp:

  • Cornstarch 1/2 cup
  • Egg white
  • Optional: breaded shrimp or deep-fried shrimp

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • Cornstarch 2 tablespoons
  • Water 4 cups
  • Soy sauce 1/2 cup
  • Rice vinegar 1/4 cup
  • Pineapple juice 2 tablespoons
  • Ketchup 2 tablespoons
  • Pantai Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Chili sauce
  • Wine cornstarch
  • Garlic ginger

Optional Garnish:

  • Finely chopped garlic
  • Toasted sesame seeds

This recipe gives you a mixture of seafood and vegetable that is paired with the magical sweet and sour sauce. You can substitute with other proteins such as chicken or pork, but nothing quite beats the perfect flavor in each lightly fried shrimp ball.

The Recipe How-To

 Sweet, sour and shrimp - the perfect flavor trifecta.
Sweet, sour and shrimp – the perfect flavor trifecta.

Now, this is where the magic happens. Get your aprons on and let’s start making some Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce!

Step 1: Preparing the Shrimp

First things first, we need to prepare our shrimp. Make sure they are peeled and deveined because nobody wants to eat a shrimp with the shell on. After washing them, marinate them with some soy sauce and 1 tsp of cornstarch for about 15 minutes. This will help the shrimp absorb the flavors and make them more tender.

Step 2: Making the Sauce

Let’s move on to making our sweet and sour sauce. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, 1/4 cup of pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of chili sauce, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir all the ingredients together until there are no lumps.

Step 3: Cooking the Vegetables

Now it’s time to cook our vegetables. Heat up your wok or pan and add some oil. Once it’s hot, put in your chopped veggies, including diced yellow onions, sliced green pepper and julienned carrots. Stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until they become fragrant and slightly soft.

Step 4: Adding the Shrimp

Next up, we’re putting in our marinated shrimp into the same pan with our vegetables. Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes until they turn pinkish orange.

Step 5: Making the Sauce Mix

Push our cooked shrimp and vegetables up to your pan’s sides, creating a well or space at the center. Pour in our sweet and sour sauce mix into this well and let it bubble for about 1-2 minutes while stirring constantly till it thickens up.

Step 6: Serving & Enjoying!

Finally, it is time to serve! Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds if you want that extra crunch factor. Serve over steamed rice, fried rice, or noodles – or any other preferred starches of your choice! Feel free to add more chili sauce if you like your dishes spicier too! And voila – a zesty shrimp medley that everyone will show interest towards grabbing seconds from!

Substitutions and Variations

 No need to go to a fancy restaurant for crystal shrimp, make them at home!
No need to go to a fancy restaurant for crystal shrimp, make them at home!

Are you looking for ways to switch things up in this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations that will take your Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce to the next level.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of shrimp, you can easily swap them out for diced chicken breast or pork loin. You can even use a combination of all three meats. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

For those who prefer vegetables over meat, try swapping the shrimp for extra firm tofu or tempeh. These plant-based proteins will absorb the sweet and sour sauce for a delicious vegetarian alternative.

If you want to add more vegetables to the dish, feel free to experiment with different ones such as sliced bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, or snow peas. You could even add diced fresh pineapple to the mix for an extra burst of sweetness.

To make the dish spicier, try adding a few dashes of hot sauce or red pepper flakes to the sweet and sour sauce mixture. You could also replace the ketchup with chili sauce for a more intense flavor profile.

For those who want a healthier version of this classic Chinese-American dish, try using low-sodium soy sauce and reducing the amount of cornstarch used. You can also use brown rice instead of white rice to up your fiber intake.

Finally, if you want to get creative with presentation, try making Crystal Shrimp Dumplings by stuffing cooked shrimp inside wonton wrappers and steaming them until they’re translucent. Or deep fry the shrimp until they’re crispy and glazed for an indulgent appetizer. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 The translucent shrimp have a delicate flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet and sour sauce.
The translucent shrimp have a delicate flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet and sour sauce.

Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce is a versatile dish that can be served in numerous ways. The tangy and sweet flavors of this dish make it incredibly palate-pleasing and will keep your guests coming back for more.

Pair this crystal shrimp recipe with steamed white rice for a yummy and satisfying complete meal. If you want to get creative, try serving it alongside stir-fried veggies or bok choy. You can also sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top for extra flavor and a delightful crunch.

If you’re looking for an appetizer to impress your guests, try making some crystal shrimp dumplings or glazed shrimp. These bite-sized treats are perfect party pleasers and will be sure to satisfy your guests.

For those who love spicy food, add some chili sauce or crushed red pepper flakes to the sweet and sour sauce. The heat of the chili sauce will balance out the sweetness of the dish, leaving your taste buds with a flavorful finish.

This dish pairs perfectly with a crisp Pinot Grigio or an off-dry Riesling. The tanginess of the wine will complement the dish’s sweetness without overpowering it.

In summary, this crystal shrimp recipe is perfect for both casual dinners and fancy occasions. It’s easy-to-make, affordable, and bursting with flavors that everyone will enjoy. Give it a try today!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Shrimp just got an upgrade with this fancy, yet easy to make, recipe.
Shrimp just got an upgrade with this fancy, yet easy to make, recipe.

We all know that entertaining guests can be stressful, but I have great news! The Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe is perfect for make-ahead occasions. You can store the cooked shrimp up to two days in the refrigerator and reheat it in a few minutes on the day of the party.

If you’re planning on making this sweet and sour shrimp recipe a day or two before your event, cook the shrimp according to the recipe instructions then let them cool completely. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cooked shrimp on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through properly.

Another reheating option is to use a microwave-safe dish covered with a damp paper towel. Heat it for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time, until hot throughout.

As an additional tip, keep the sauce separately in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to three days before serving. Then when you’re ready to use it, gently warm it up on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through.

This make-ahead trick will not only ease your stress about cooking before your guests arrive but also save you time focusing on final presentation while your guests enjoy your delicious pre-made Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce without even noticing.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The crystal-like appearance of the shrimp gives them a special, elegant touch.
The crystal-like appearance of the shrimp gives them a special, elegant touch.

Cooking shrimp can be a delicate process. To ensure that your crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce comes out perfectly every time, pay attention to these tips.

1. Don’t overcook the shrimp

Shrimp cook very quickly and can become tough and rubbery if overcooked. Cook the shrimp for only 2-3 minutes until they turn pink, then remove them from the heat immediately.

2. Use fresh ingredients

The key to delicious crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce is using fresh ingredients. Make sure your vegetables are crisp and your shrimp is peeled and deveined.

3. Adjust the sauce to your taste

The sweet and sour sauce can be adjusted to your liking by adding more or less of certain ingredients. If you want it sweeter, add more pineapple juice or honey. If you want it more sour, add more rice vinegar or lemon juice.

4. Get the right consistency with cornstarch

Cornstarch is used to thicken the sweet and sour sauce, but it’s important not to use too much or too little. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with water for every cup of liquid to achieve the perfect consistency.

5. Serve it hot and crispy

For best results, serve the crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce hot and crispy. Don’t let it sit out too long or the batter may become soggy.

6. Pair with complementary dishes

Crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce pairs well with fried rice or stir-fried vegetables. Consider serving it alongside sesame tofu or egg drop soup for a complete meal.

By following these tips, you’ll have delicious, perfectly cooked crystal shrimp with sweet and sour sauce every time!

Bottom Line

This Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe is an absolute must-try for every seafood lover out there. Trust me when I say this, your taste buds will thank you for cooking this dish.

With its easy-to-follow recipe and deliciously sweet and tangy sauce, this shrimp recipe is sure to please everyone at the table. Not only is it a crowd pleaser, but it can also be served alongside a variety of dishes such as stir-fried rice or even included in crystal shrimp dumplings.

So why not bring some excitement to your next dinner party? Impress your guests with this tantalizing shrimp dish made with easy to find ingredients and simple steps. With its mouthwatering aroma and savory flavor, I guarantee that this Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe will become one of your favorites!

Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Crystal Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

This is a very nice recipe for two, and doubles easily.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Calories 522.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deviened
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, cut diagonally into thin slices
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped large
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped large
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  • Blend the sweet and sour sauce and water-set aside.
  • Place cornstarch into a large plastic bag.
  • Coat shrimp with egg whites and add to the cornstarch.
  • Shake to coat shrimp.
  • Heat 1 T.
  • of the oil in a hot wok over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and fry for 10 seconds.
  • Add shrimp and stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until pink and curled.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • Add remaining oil and quickly stir fry the carrots, peppers and onions, around 4 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and sweet and sour sauce.
  • cook and stir until shrimp and veggies are coated in sauce.
  • Add sesame seeds, stir and serve with rice.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 304gCalories: 522.9kcalCarbohydrates: 41.8gProtein: 39.6gFat: 21.9gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 259.2mgSodium: 560.2mgFiber: 5.1gSugar: 20.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Asian, Beginner Cook, Easy, Stir-Fry, Vegetable
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