Chinese cuisine

Gong Bao Crispy Shrimp

Imagine biting into perfectly fried, golden shrimp, each morsel bursting with the flavors of the sea, enhanced by a marinade that’s both simple and sublime. The real magic happens in the wok, where these crispy treasures are tossed with a medley of bold ingredients – dried chili, peppercorn, garlic, ginger, and green onions, all coming together in a symphony of flavors. The sauce, a harmonious blend of soy sauce, sweet black rice vinegar, and oyster sauce, adds a depth of flavor that makes each bite unforgettable.


This dish is a true celebration of textures and flavors, bringing together the crunch of tiger shrimp with the fiery kick of chili and the aromatic zing of peppercorns.


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Gong Bao Crispy Shrimp
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PRE TIME: 20 min
TOTAL TIME: 40 min
  • 10 oz. Tiger Shrimp
  • Marinade
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. White pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Cooking wine
  • 1 count Egg
  • 1 tbsp. Corn Starch
  • For frying
  • 5 cup Potato Starch
  • Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Cooking wine
  • 0.5 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Sweet black rice vinegar
  • 0.5 tbsp. Oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. Potato Starch
  • For stir-frying
  • 1 tbsp. Chef Made Peppercorn Oil
  • 3 tbsp. Peppercorn
  • 1 cup Dried Chili
  • 2 tbsp. Cooking wine
  • 0.5 cup Green onion, chopped
  • 0.5 cup Sliced Garlic
  • 0.25 cup Sliced ginger
  • 0.25 cup Fried Crispy Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Oil
Step 1
Step 1
Cut the Chili: Using kitchen scissors, cut the dried chili into small pieces, about 1/2 inch each.
Step 2
Step 2
Prepare the Sauce: In a bowl, combine soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar, sweet black rice vinegar, oyster sauce, and potato starch. Stir thoroughly until well-blended.
Step 3
Step 3
Clean the Shrimp: Make a small cut on the back end of each shrimp and remove the intestines.
Step 4
Step 4
Marinate: In a separate bowl, mix together salt, white pepper, cooking wine, egg, and cornstarch. Add the shrimp to this marinade, ensuring they are evenly coated. Let them marinate for 10–15 minutes.
Step 5
Step 5
Coat the Shrimp: Spread potato starch on a tray. Roll each marinated shrimp in the starch, ensuring they are uniformly covered.
Step 6
Step 6
Fry Shrimp: Heat cooking oil to 300-350°F (150-180°C). Carefully place the shrimp into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes or until they float to the surface. Remove and place on paper towels.
Step 7
Step 7
Cook Aromatics: Heat Chef Made Peppercorn Oil in a wok. Add dried peppercorns, the cut dried chili, sliced garlic, green onion, and ginger. Stir-fry briefly until fragrant.
Step 8
Step 8
Add Shrimp and Peanuts: Add the fried shrimp and crispy peanuts to the wok.
Add Sauce: Pour in the prepared sauce and Stir quickly to coat the shrimp and peanuts evenly.
Drizzle Oils: Drizzle with sesame oil and chili oil, and stir to combine.
Step 9
Step 9
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