Orange Shrimp

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After a long holiday, it’s tough to get back in the routine. Jet lag was one thing that really had me worried. Every time I traveled back from India, I used to sleep the whole day like a log and it used to go on for at least a week! This time, my body adjusted with the time zone so quickly that it shocked me. I had no jet lag!

The last 2 months were anything but relaxing. We saw lots of new places, visited our relatives, ate out and then of course, the shopping! We spent the days running around, managing some sleep at night but it was FUN 🙂 I shared some photos from our trip in the last post and will tell you more about it in my future posts. Stay tuned for that. Now, lets enjoy some oranges.

Orange Shrimp 1

These golden beauties are everywhere in the market. Fresh and juicy, they call out your name every time you pass by. There is no way you can ignore them. So, I picked some too! The idea was to either eat it plain or in a salad. Then the other day, as I was thinking about how to cook the shrimp, I started wondering about how they would taste with these oranges. May be as an appetizer or a side!

Orange Shrimp 2

Arvind didn’t like the idea much. He likes orange chicken, but orange shrimp?

Orange Shrimp 3

I anyway went ahead and gave it a try. The sauce came out really delicious. In fact, when I tasted the sauce, it clicked me that it could be used as a dipping sauce too. It was tangy with the right amount of heat.

Orange Shrimp 4

The sauce can be prepared in advance and saved for few days in the refrigerator. You can serve the dish as an appetizer or a side and adjust the amount of sauce accordingly.

 Orange Shrimp 5

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Orange Shrimp – spicy, tangy and ready in minutes!


For the sauce

  • 2 cups of fresh orange juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1  tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  dark soy sauce
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon  corn flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt
  • pepper

For the fried shrimp

  • 1/2 lb shrimp, skin and head discarded, tail retained
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil for frying

Other ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • few fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


Start with the sauce  

  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan and saute the grated garlic and ginger.
  2. Pour orange juice in the pan and give it a mix.
  3. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, dark soy sauce, rice vinegar, cayenne powder and season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Mix corn flour with the water and pour it in the sauce pan. This will thicken the sauce.
  6. Add sugar and keep stirring for another few minutes.
  7. Check for salt and add more, if needed.
  8. Switch off the heat and keep the sauce aside.

Fry the shrimps 

  1. Clean the shrimp and pat dry it with a kitchen towel or tissue paper.
  2. In a plate, mix flour with rest of the ingredients except shrimp and oil.
  3. Drop the shrimps on the plate and mix it with the flour.
  4. Heat enough oil in a wok to deep fry the shrimps. If you want to avoid deep frying, you could always pan fry it with less oil.
  5. Remove the shrimps from the flour mix and drop it carefully in the hot oil.
  6. Fry them till they are golden brown. It should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Avoid crowding the pan by dropping too many shrimps at a time. 
  7. Once done, keep the shrimps in a kitchen towel or tissue paper to remove the excess oil.

For the final plating 

  1. In a separate pan, heat some oil and saute the onions till they are golden brown in color.
  2. Put the shrimp and mix it properly with the onions.
  3. Pour the sauce in the pan and give it a good mix. You may add all the sauce or some of it, depending on how you wish to serve it. I kept some sauce aside to add it later, if needed. 
  4. Add 1/2 cup water and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish it with some fresh cilantro leaves and serve it hot.

Orange Shrimp 6


Orange Shrimp 7

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  • Charles
    January 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I love shrimp! I LOVE shrimp. Never tried with orange sauce though… this looks yummy. I bet the cayenne goes really well with the orange when it’s all cooked up… delicious 🙂

  • Vimitha
    January 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Orange and shrimp… Combination sounds different but definitely will try.

  • Rosa
    January 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Really scrumptious! That is a refreshing combination. Yummy.



  • Notyet100
    January 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    This is something delicious 🙂

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    January 12, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Kankana, I’m impressed by your details of each photo…. I actually spent some time staring at them… They look so pretty. Okay enough about photos. I also like this shrimp recipe too. Come to think of it, I don’t have too many shrimp recipes so it’s nice to see this recipe. My kids love tangerine/mandarin oranges and my daughter eats like 5 at once (scary!). Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

  • Zee
    January 12, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Very unique and interesting. I love shrimps, bookmarking your recipe

  • Kiri W.
    Kiri W.
    January 12, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Your photography is absolutely stunning! Wow.
    The sauce sounds fabulous, I love citrus with seafood. Wonderful dish!

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    January 12, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Amazing and very impressive photography, Kankana! 🙂

  • Grishma
    January 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Loved the pictures! Stunning 🙂

  • Juliana
    January 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Wow, these shrimps look great, love the orange flavor in it.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Kankana 🙂

  • Janet@FCTC
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    January 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This looks delicious! Second shrimp post I’ve seen today. I think fate is telling me to make some shrimp!

  • jules @ bananamondaes
    jules @ bananamondaes
    January 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Great pictures – would love to try this.

  • Sawsan @ chef in disguise
    Sawsan @ chef in disguise
    January 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Orange and shrimp…really interesting combination and as always stunning pictures

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    January 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    citrus and shrimp are a great combo and I love that you chose orange instead of lime! I am sure the blend of ingredients here gives you a great tangy and spicy bite. Between that and the picture I am sold. Delicious post!

  • Vijitha
    January 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Orange and shrimp looks super yum.I love the orange chicken from Panda express and have tried to recreate it and I am sure it will taste extremely delicious with shrimp too!

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    January 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    delicious looking flavours and combination I haven’t had like this

  • aarthi
    January 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    This look Delicious
You have made it awesome..Totally YUMMO..


  • alyssa
    January 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    I really love your wooden stuff! And as always, your photos are really stunning. The shrimp sounds good and I really like that that it comes together so quickly

  • Ann
    January 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Wow – this look delicious and your photos are nothing short of spectacular!

  • easyfoodsmith
    January 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Very interesting combination there. Would love to try this.

  • Anna
    January 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    It is indeed a delight to look at your pictures…
    Fresh and vibrant! Thanks for sharing a very delish dish. More power to your site. I’ll keep connected…

  • Gouri
    January 13, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Really delicious and yummy. Will definitely try it. The way you posted the pics its a wow…thumbs up… Will stay tuned for more…definitely.

  • Soma
    January 13, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Ginger orange and shrimp.. yum! Looks beautiful Kankana!

  • Priya
    January 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Hey Kankana… The photos are beautiful as usual, the one with the orange peel and leaves on the pot is amazing, the props are lovely.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    not only does it look sinfully good but ready in minutes? I am on board with that!

  • Candace
    January 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I am blown away by your photography. Gorgeous, gorgeous shots! I am particularly loving that second photo of the oranges. Amazing. This dish looks incredible. Spicy, tangy, shrimp? Yes, please!

  • Kala
    January 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    This looks and sounds so delicious. Beautiful work as usual!

  • Asmita
    January 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    I love orange chicken and love your idea of making it into orange shrimp. The photographs are so beautiful and the recipe looks great!!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    January 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    What a beautiful dish, my family would love this! And your photos are gorgeous!

  • Soni
    January 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Lovely recipe!A must try for me and stunning pics!!This is my first time on your blog, love it :)Congrats on Top 9!

  • Yummy Morsel
    Yummy Morsel
    January 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    I have had orange chicken but not shrimp. Your orange shrimp looks really yummy.

  • Maja
    January 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Amazing pictures, Kankana! I love meals like this, so beautiful, spicy and quick!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    January 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    All the citrus love is making me crazy! I want some oranges now 🙂 Love the photos…

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    January 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM


    Lovely pictures…. every pic has so much depth….
    Love the recipe too my dear..

  • Sudha
    January 14, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Kankana,this is sooo lovely!I could never imagine shrimps and oranges together – but how wonderfully you’ve had them married:)Lovely colors,lovely flavors and mind-blowing clicks!Congrats on making it to the Top 9!

  • Anzz
    January 15, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    The pictures are so beautiful, I am drooling here. I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! 🙂

  • Liz
    January 15, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Spicy and delectable!!! Your beautiful photos have me yearning for a plateful of shrimp!!!

  • Sonia
    January 15, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Hey kankana, This is looking so wonderful
 !A very well made post with beautiful pictures . Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    January 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    What a wonderful dish, and your photos look stunning!!!

  • sarah
    January 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    We’re just swimming in citrus right now and this recipe sounds totally wonderful!

  • sig
    January 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Love that sauce! I am not normally fond of orange chicken that we get in the Chinese restaurants around here, but this sauce sounds like something I would love! Love your pictures, Kankana, keep up the great work!

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    January 16, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Glad you had a smashing vacation, but you were really missed out here! I’m so loving the sound of this orange sauce. I want to make it and pair it with pasta. Happy New Year, my friend!

  • Amina
    January 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Hi… first time here… your recipes are fabulous with amazing photos… Orange shrimp looks delicious… I am your newest follower…

  • Sukanya
    January 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    I am too a fan of orange chicken and with shrimp it looks fabulous. Orange photo pics are simply beautiful.

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    January 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I love orange chicken so i know this shrimp variety would taste as delish 😀

  • Amrita
    January 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    This is a lovely recipe and the sauce sounds absolutely divine!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    January 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Oh what can a shrimp lover say, utterly delicious, cayenne powder would give the right kick to the tanginess and sweetness of oranges, oh they are so pretty with those green leaves, row of fresh is such a treat to eyes for fresh start! and i’m jealous of your little pot there so beautiful. 🙂

  • Pia
    January 23, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Oh, without a doubt, this will HAVE to be made! Love the combinations, Kankana. And the photograph of the single peeled orange. Gorgeous!

  • kale @ tastes good to me!
    kale @ tastes good to me!
    January 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Your photos are really beautiful!