Sweet and Sour Shrimp – The Woks of Life

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Sweet and sour shrimp is an impressive yet easy dish. Eating shrimp can be a luxury, especially when going out. But by making this sweet and sour shrimp recipe at home, you can splurge on yourself a little while keeping to a budget!

Crispy fried shrimp goes really well with a well-crafted sweet and sour sauce, and we think that this recipe hits the mark. Bell peppers and onions add a nice fragrance to the sauce, and frying the ketchup brings out a nice caramelized flavor.

Plus, we call for 16 large shrimp in this recipe—much more than you would get for a typical order at a restaurant! 

Pair this sweet and sour shrimp with a stir-fried bok choy, a beef and broccoli, and steamed rice, and you’ll have a restaurant-quality feast on a budget.

Buying Shrimp at the Grocery Store: Go Frozen

Judy and I always buy flash-frozen shrimp at our local supermarket that come in two-pound bags. 

We’ve said this before, but it’s actually better to buy frozen shrimp, because they are flash frozen soon after they are caught, whereas shrimp that is sold “fresh,” may have been thawed, refrozen, and thawed again! We find the texture of frozen shrimp to be superior to thawed shrimp at the seafood counter.

We usually wait until shrimp goes on sale and/or when we see coupons, and pick up a bag and store them in our freezer. It’s much more economical, and with a two pound bag you can easily make 2 to 3 dishes of sweet and sour shrimp, shrimp with broccoli, or our classic shrimp with lobster sauce.



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