EASY RECIPE: Homemade Hot Braised Shrimp

Here is the ultimate flavor combination to create Hot Braised Shrimp at home, and it’s so easy! Also called Szechuan Shrimp, Hot Braised Shrimp is a delightful blend of shrimp, onion, garlic, ginger and spicy tomato flavors, stir fried to succulent perfection.
Recipe for Hot Braised Shrimprip

Having lived in Los Angeles for over thirty years, I have a short list of favorite Chinese restaurants I frequent according to the dishes I feel they each do best.  I know where to go when in the mood for everything from Chinese Chicken Salad (City Wok in Studio City) to Dim Sum (Ocean Seafood in Downtown LA), and I used to head directly to Ho Toys in Silver Lake/Los Feliz area for a big plate of Hot Braised Shrimp.  However, since Ho Toys closed years ago, I have searched in vain for a dish to compare with theirs – UNTIL NOW (pats self on back).

Please give this recipe a try yourself, and let me know what you think!



2 pounds shrimp (raw, peeled & deveined)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon ginger (finely chopped)
½ onion, diced
1 – 2 Tablespoons cooking oil

½ cup water
1 Tablespoon rice wine/sake
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1-2 teaspoons chili bean paste
4 -5 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons water mixed with 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Sauté onions in oil until tender, 5-10 minutes.
Add garlic & ginger and sautée 2-3 minutes.
Add shrimp and braise, 2 minutes.
Remove shrimp and set aside.

Combine all Sauce ingredients in pan.
Stir to thicken.
Add shrimp to finish cooking, approx. 2 minutes.

Serve with rice.

Hot Braised Shrimp over rice



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