Stir fried shrimp is one of my fav seafood appetizers! It’s super quick, very easy and you can change it up by adding different variety of spices every time. With zingy Lemon Aioli, this stir-fried shrimp turns into finger licking good.
You can serve this as an appetizer or toss some veggies, add some noodles or left-over rice, and turn into a meal.
All it takes it just 15 minutes!
I prepare stir fried shrimp quite frequently and the trick is to NOT OVERCOOK it. If you have a cast iron pan, definitely use that. It gives the best char and cooks evenly, keeping the shrimp tender and perfectly cooked.
Spices I used for this Stir-Fried Shrimp:
I used Spice Tribe MOMBACHO CAFÉ. A brilliantly flavored spice mix. It has roasted garlic, citrus zest with a hint of espresso.
As soon as you open the bottle, the aroma comes though right away, and you can’t help but dip your finger and taste the spice.
This spice mix worked perfectly with stir-fried shrimp.
The spice mix also works great on beans, pork chop or you could make flavored butter too for grilled meat.
How to prepare the Stir-Fried Shrimp
There are of course several different ways you can stir fry seafood.
This is how I do it:
Marinate the shrimp with the spice, little oil, salt and I added little paprika powder too. Leave it aside for 15 minutes.
Then heat a cast iron skillet at medium high heat and brush little oil.
Once the skillet it hot, layer the shrimp in one layer. Let it cook for about 3 minutes. I used medium size shrimp. It will take more time if you use large size shrimp.
Then flip and fry for few more minutes.
The shrimps will get cooked through and remain tender inside.
Drizzle some lemon juice and serve right away.
How to prepare Lemon Aioli
Aioli is very much like mayo which can be flavored up the way you like.
You could use store bought mayo and add lemon juice, zest, grate a garlic clove, little Dijon mustard if you have at home. Give a mix and it’s ready.
Different ways to serve
- My personal fav is as an appetizer.
- It goes great in Taco
- Inside Bao Buns with a sticky sauce.
- With rice or noodles.
I have also fried some red onion in the skillet to serve along with the stir-fried shrimp, but it is totally optional.
This is not a dish you want to reheat. You want to make it fresh and serve right away!
Stir Fry Shrimp with Lemon Aioli
- 1 lb medium size shrimp (shell removed, deveined and cleaned. Tail intact or removed.)
- ½ medium size red onion (thinly sliced)
- 2 tablespoons Spice Tribe MOMBACHO CAFÉ
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon oil plus little more to brush on the hot skillet
For the lemon aioli
- Mix mayo with lemon zest, lemon juice, dijon mustard if you have at home and 1 garlic clove, grated.
- For the pan fried shrimp
- In a mixing bowl, marinate the shrimo with the spice mix, salt, paprika and oil. Leave it aside for 15 minutes.
- Heat a cast iron pan and brush little oil.
- Fry the slcied onion for few minutes. Then take it off to a serving plate.
- Brush little oil on the same skillet and layer the shrimps. Let it cook for about 3 minutes. Then flip and cook for 3 minutes. (Keep in mind if the shrimp are very large, you will need more time and if small then less time)
- Once done, take it off and layer on top of the fried onion.
- Serve right away with the lemon aioli.
Kiran @ KiranTarun.c
Anything acid (lemon) would definitely help remove a lot of the fishyness from seafood.
Lemon aioli shrimp looks darn delicious 😀
I loved this post...My hus is allergic to shellfish, so I do not prepare shrimp at home , but I did make once when my in-laws were here...I loived this flavor combo of urs and I love aioli sauce 🙂 Pics as usual are simply perfecto!!
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Loved this shrimp recipe and the lemony sauce...as I am a gr8 fan of prawns, will try this out.
That's our way of spending a Friday night too. The only difference is we don't wear PJs, but just regular home clothes. Haha! Yummy stir-fried shrimp. Sounds even better with lemon aioli. I like your idea of having these bites as your finger food. Some beer please!
the wooden bowl captivates me looks so ravishing... and coming to shrimp well am such a seafood fanatic, i can gobble them ny way, but lemon ailoli sounds great.
Lemon aioli equals yummyness!
Firstly, please accept my compliments on your blog.The photography is awesome and the food looks extremely inviting. I came across your blog through Foodbuzz when your Khandvi recipe was featured as one of the top nine..Well Done and Congratulations!
your photographs are amazing! and the shrimp looks divine. I'm trying that sauce. happy day to you.
I love your dipping sauce recipe and since my son really devoted to fish, i will try to work with it 🙂
Hehe you two sound exactly like my fiance and I. We love nothing more than spending time together, doing things such as cooking and sharing a simple meal at home.
Your images in this post are just stunning, as usual. You really have a great talent for telling a story with food and capturing it at it's best.
All of your images are wonderfully composed with excellent DoF! And the recipe sounds delicious.
I love shrimps. Loving it actually. Specially the twist with the chilli flakes and mustard. I love the tray - seems like you've painted it right? Half my furniture looks like this - painted white or other colours (depending upon what my mood was at that point in time!) with the brush strokes showing through...
Do you blur the bg over photoshop or are the photographs taken like these?
Looks lovely.Absolutely delicious..1
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Thanks for writing!
I love love shrimps, just that local farmed ones are seasonal and hard to find. Love your spice mix on the shrimps and the creamy aioli dip! Scrumptious!
Awesome! You should make this for me. I love shrimp and love the creamy aioli to go with it. Yum! and as always brilliant pictures. I like the addition of curry leaves and that's my most favorite herb.