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Authentic Recipe of Kung Pao Xiā. Tasty Chinese Traditional Stir Fry Shrimp from Sichuan.

A signature dish of Chinese traditional Stir Fry Shrimp – Kung Pao Xiā is an easy, delicious, and healthy Chinese dish that takes 20 minutes to cook.

Things to know about Kung Pao Xiā Recipe

Some people might not be very familiar with Chinese traditional Stir Fry Shrimp from Sichuan – Kung Pao Xiā because the Kung Pao sauce is usually used for chicken. The dish is a signature dish in China.

It originates in the province of Sichuan in the southwestern part of China. The sauce may go with different types of protein, like fish and chicken. The addition of vegetables, such as cauliflower, and other ingredients, like mushrooms, made the dish an extra special and healthier food choice.

The bright red color of the dish makes it very unique and appetizing. The taste is a bit spicy but not overly spicy, with the right sweetness and savory taste.

Tasty Chinese Traditional Stir Fry Shrimp from Sichuan. Authentic Recipe of Kung Pao Xiā.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: 宫保虾仁
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Main Cooking Method Fried, Fried (Stir) – Wok


Servings 2 People
Calories / Serving 486 kcal


Shrimp Marinate

  • ½ tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • tsp Ground White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
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  • 300 grams (10.58 oz) Shrimp unshelled
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 7 pcs Dried Red Chili Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sichuan Peppercorn
  • 3 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 thumb Fresh Ginger Root Chopped
  • ½ pc Green Bell Pepper Cut in smaller pieces
  • ½ pc Red Bell Pepper Cut in smaller pieces
  • 2 pcs Scallion Large, white part
  • ¼ cup Roasted Peanut or cashew nuts

Kung Pao Sauce

  • ½ tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Black Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Water or stock
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar



  • Prepare all ingredients and make sure everything is properly measured.
  • Devein the shrimp and cut it at the back for better flavoring.
  • Chop all the green and red bell peppers and break 2 to 3 chili pepper in half. For a less spicy dish, you may choose to put whole pepper instead of cutting it.


  • Mix all marinade ingredients into a small bowl and coat the shrimp.

Kung Pao Sauce

  • Mix all Kung Pao sauce ingredients in a smaller bowl.


  • Preheat the frying pan to medium heat and put in the vegetable oil.
  • Stir fry the garlic, ginger, Sichuan peppercorn, and dried chili pepper until you smell its aroma.
  • Put the shrimp and stir fry for 20 seconds over high heat.
  • Add the pepper and scallion and continue frying until it becomes slightly tender (20 seconds).
  • Add the Kung Pao sauce and nuts and serve them immediately.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 486kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 39gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 2407mgPotassium: 687mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1057IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chinese Traditional Stir Fry Shrimp, Kung Pao Xiā Recipe, 宫保虾仁
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Cooking tip for making Kung Pao Xiā

  • You may soak the dry pepper before cooking, making it much easier to cook and avoid becoming tasty. Also, you may fry the peanut quickly instead of putting it at the last step.
  • The amount of cornstarch in Kung Pao sauce may vary according to the recipe. A dish with more veggies requires more cornstarch because it may yield more water.
  • Fry the shrimp in a very short time and be quick in transferring the dish after putting the Kung Pao sauce, as it may thicken quickly.
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