Salt and Pepper Shrimp

by Asian Recipes At Home

Try our healthy salt and pepper shrimp recipe! Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Our recipe is also gluten-free and Whole30 compliant! It is so delicious!

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Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt, and pepper.

Our Salt and Pepper Shrimp recipe

This recipe takes a little extra time due to the frying process, but it is so worth it! We are using extra large shrimp that are then fried in avocado oil! Avocado oil is a very neutral tasting oil with a high smoke point, plus it is a healthier option overall than vegetable oil. Winning!

We like using peeled shrimp for this recipe. There are many recipes using shrimp with the peel on and it’s okay to eat the peel and all. We, personally, just prefer not to leave the shells on. It’s also just easier and quicker purchasing shrimp that is already ready to go with the shells removed and de-veined. Plus, most of the time this kind of shrimp is already in the freezer.

Many recipes, like the more traditional recipes, dry roast the peppercorns in a pan first for their salt and pepper mixture. We aren’t doing this in our recipe to simplify things a bit, and feel like we are still getting a fantastic result. However, if you want to toast the black pepper/peppercorns as some of the traditional recipes call for, then by all means go for it! 

Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt, and pepper.

What is Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Salt and pepper shrimp, which originated in Cantonese cuisine, is a very popular dish. There are actually many variations of salt and pepper style recipes. Some variations include, salt and pepper chicken, salt and pepper squid, salt and pepper pork ribs, salt and pepper tofu, and so on.

Salt and pepper recipes always have a main protein component that is coated in either a light batter or a thin coating of starch before being fried until golden brown and crispy. Salt and pepper is then sprinkled on top of crispy, fried protein towards the conclusion of the cooking process to give it it’s signature aroma and saltiness.

Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt, and pepper.

This is a Whole30 and gluten-free shrimp recipe

We used potato starch to create the crispy coating for our salt and pepper shrimp. Many other salt and pepper shrimp recipes actually use potato starch or cornstarch. If you’re not following a Whole30 diet, then feel free to swap out the potato starch and use cornstarch instead. 

Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt, and pepper.

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Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt, and pepper.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Try our healthy salt and pepper shrimp recipe! Shrimp are fried in avocado oil to a golden brown and tossed with peppers, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Our recipe is also gluten-free and Whole30 compliant! It is so delicious!

Ingredients

Salt and pepper mixture:

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil to 375°F in a deep fryer or a deep frying pan/pot (shallow frying). If shallow frying, add enough oil to coat the bottom and be about 2 to 3 inches deep. Once you start to see the oil smoke, then it’s ready for frying.
  2. While the oil is heating up, pat the shrimp dry with some paper towels. Then toss the shrimp with a pinch of salt and a pinch of ground black pepper. Next, coat the shrimp evenly in potato starch. Gently shake off any excess starch. 
  3. Time to start slowly lowering the shrimp into the heated oil. Be careful to not splatter the oil on you! To avoid overcrowding the pan/pot, make sure to do 2 to 3 batches. You don’t want to overcrowd the pan/pot, because the oil temperature will decrease too quickly and drastically. The shrimp will not be as crisp as they should be. Depending on the size of the shrimp you're using, fry them for a couple minutes on each side or alter the cooking time until the shrimp is firm and lightly browned. Remove the shrimp from the oil and set them on a dish lined with paper towels or a baking sheet fitted with a cooling rack. Repeat the frying process with all of the shrimp.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper to make the salt and pepper mixture. Set aside.
  5. Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add about ½ tablespoon of oil to the bottom of the hot pan. Add the chopped pepper and green onions. Stir-fry for about a minute. Add the fried shrimp to the pan and the salt and pepper mixture. Continue stirring until everything is combined well. Remove from heat and serve immediately. 

Notes

*Or use cornstarch if not Whole30

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