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General Tso's Shrimp (without breading)

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Chinese


This recipe for General Tso's shrimp is my healthy recipe based on the take-out version. While there is no breading or frying, the sweet and savory sauce is the star of the show and will make you forget it isn't from a restaurant.


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  • 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable or chicken stock or broth
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar or substitute
  • 5 dried chilis *
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce *
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons arrowroot powder ( or cornstarch)


  • 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp - defrosted if frozen, deveined and shells and tail removed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 stalk scallion, chopped



  1. Combine all sauce ingredients.  Stir well. If you want the sauce to be mildly spicy, don't cut open the chili peppers.  If you do like a bit more spice cut 1 or 2 open since the seeds are spicy.  Taste the sauce for sweetness and spice.
  2. Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium flame and add the oil.
  3. Add the shrimp and stir with a wooden spoon for 2 - 3 minutes.  They will turn an orange/pink color and the tail will being to curl a bit. Remove shrimp to a plate.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons sauce and the arrowroot or cornstarch and mix well.  Pour remaining sauce into the pan.  Bring to a low boil.  Stir in the arrowroot mixture.  Sauce will thicken as it cooks.
  5. Add the shrimp back to pan and stir to coat with sauce and cook for another minute to heat through. Add more broth or water if sauce is too thick.
  6. Serve with chopped scallions.


*Remove dried chili peppers before serving.

*Serve over cauliflower, brown or jasmine rice.

*Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator for two days.

*Freeze in an airtight container for up to a month.  Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.  Heat on covered plate until hot.

Keywords: shrimp, keto shrimp dinner, healthy, seafood, sweet and spicy sauce