Sesame Shrimp

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Easy sesame shrimp tastes just like takeout and is ready in less than 10 minutes! The homemade sesame sauce is sweet and savory and the snow peas add lots of crunch.

232 CAL 11g CARBS 5g FAT 38g PROTEIN
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Inspired by your favorite take-out dish, this easy Sesame Shrimp is wholesome, easy to make, and bursting with bright and savory flavors. Serve them with rice and veggies for a complete meal that guarantees to please on any occasion.

If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, you’re going to love this Asian-inspired recipe for Sesame Shrimp. This dish is made with vibrant and delicious flavors like soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and lime juice, all rolled into one mouthwatering dish. Lovers of Sesame Chicken or Beef, will love this dish.

I’m a big fan of healthier (and cheaper!) alternatives to classic take-out dishes, from ground beef lettuce wraps to Moo Shu veggie stir fry and everything in between. This tasty shrimp dish joins this list. They are easy to make, loaded with nutrients, and bursting with flavor.

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Whether you’re looking for easy lunch meal preps to bring to work or healthy weeknight recipes for family dinners, these bowls do not disappoint. Not only do I love them, but my kids love them too, which makes this recipe a huge win in my book.

This Asian-inspired recipe is the ideal way to get your take-out fix without spending a ton of money or loading up on artificial sugars and additives. Serve it alongside a bowl of rice for easy shrimp and rice bowls. Then add your favorite veggies for a delicious and healthy meal that is bound to become a staple in your kitchen.

Ingredients to make sesame shrimp including raw shrimp, snow peas, soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, and ginger.

Ingredients and Easy Swaps

To make these delicious bowls, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Shrimp: I use small shrimp in this dish because they’re easier to pick up and eat with chopsticks, but you can use any size you like. If using frozen, make sure to let the shrimp thaw completely before cooking them.
  • Soy sauce: I prefer to use low sodium soy sauce, but you can use whichever kind you like. For a gluten-free version, try using tamari instead. For a paleo option, use coconut aminos.
  • Sesame oil: This is a key ingredient for any sesame sauce. It’s what gives the dish that delicious sesame flavor and as a bonus, it’s loaded with antioxidants.
  • Cornstarch: This ingredient serves a dual purpose. It helps to protect the shrimp from high heat, working to ensure that it doesn’t overcook. It also helps the rest of the sesame sauce ingredients stick to the shrimp, making sure they are as flavorful as possible.
  • Lime juice: This brightens up the whole dish and enhances the rich flavors of the rest of our ingredients, making it extra delicious. Make sure to keep a few lime wedges for garnishing at the end.
  • Aromatics: Freshly grated garlic and ginger add a ton of flavor to this dish. You can use the powder forms of both if needed, but I highly recommend using fresh if possible.

Recipe Variations

Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up this recipe:

  • Use a different protein. Not a fan of shrimp or simply want to try something else? Feel free to swap it out for lean ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, cubed chicken breast, or tofu.
  • Add more veggies. You can add any veggies you like to these bowls. Some of my favorite options include green onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and edamame.
  • Make it grain-free. Instead of serving this dish with rice, try serving it with cauliflower rice or a bed of greens like spinach or kale. You still get all the great flavors, but without all the carbs.
  • Make it gluten-free. To make this dish gluten-free, simply swap out the soy sauce for tamari.
  • Add a little spice. If you’re looking for ways to add a bit of a kick to this dish, try adding one of the following: crushed red pepper, sambal olek, or sriracha.

How to Store Sesame Shrimp

I love making this recipe as a healthy meal prep to enjoy throughout the week. When I make them for the family for dinner, I always make sure to make extras.

You can serve them all week long with rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or even over a bed of greens as a delicious salad. They make a delicious Asian Rice Bowl.

To store Sesame Shrimp, make sure you first allow them to cool down to room temperature. Once the shrimp have cooled, you can transfer them into an airtight storage container and store them in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Asian shrimp bowls with sesame shrimp, carrots, rice, edamame, and snow peas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:

What is sesame sauce made of?

While recipes for sesame sauce can vary, they all feature a few of the same key ingredients. Soy sauce, sesame oil, aromatics like garlic and ginger, and some form of acid are used in almost every sesame sauce recipe. In this case, we use lime juice as our acid source.

What can I use instead of shrimp?

For a version of this dish that is free of shellfish, there are plenty of options for protein sources you can use in place of shrimp. Some of my favorite choices include cubed chicken breast, ground turkey, and lean ground beef. For a vegan-friendly option, try using cubed tofu.

Can you freeze this dish?

Yes! Sesame shrimp can easily be frozen once it’s cooked. Make sure to let the shrimp cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight storage bag or container. Once stored properly, you can safely freeze the dish for up to 2-3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating it on the stove.

Asian sesame shrimp cooked in sesame sauce and served in a bowl with rice, vegetables, and chopsticks.

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The Recipe
Sesame shrimp in a bowl with white rice, edamame, snow peas, and carrots.

Sesame Shrimp

232 CAL 11g CARBS 5g FAT 38g PROTEIN
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  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (or seasoned rice vinegar)
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey (leave out for low carb or add low carb sweetener)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or to taste, optional)
  • 1.5 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups snow peas

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Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, and sriracha in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to combine. Marinate for at least five minutes, but no longer than 1 hour.

Shrimp marinating in homemade sesame sauce in a bowl.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the snow peas and a couple tablespoons of water. Cook until just tender-crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Remove and wipe the pan clean with a paper towel. Remove shrimp from the marinade and reserve the marinade on the side. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp have turned light pink in color. Remove the shrimp from the pan.

Shrimp marinated in sesame sauce in a skillet.

Whisk the cornstarch into the reserved marinade and add it to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and snow peas back to the pan. Toss with sauce. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or noodles with your desired garnishes.

Sesame shrimp and snow peas cooked in a skillet.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 274mg
Sodium 921mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 6g
Protein 38g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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