You Can Cook Too 35 – Shrimp, oyster sauce and ginger

Patricia shows you how to make a beautifully flavorful shrimp in oyster sauce with ginger that’s perfect with noodles or rice.


For 2


1 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
 1 handful fresh coriander (chopped finely)
1 teaspoons cornflour (optional)
 1/2 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined, tails left intact optional) or prawns
1 tablespoon cooking oil (divided)
1 ½  stalks green onion (chopped, white and light green parts)
1 ½ -2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
 1 teaspoons fresh ginger (finely minced or grated)


  1. In a small bowl, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce and coriander and set aside.
  2. Pat the shrimp very dry with paper towels. In a medium bowl, add shrimp and cornflour and toss to coat.
  3.  In a wok or large saute pan over high heat, add half the cooking oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. When the wok is very hot, add the shrimp in a single layer and cook partially until one side is nicely seared, about 1 minute. Flip and sear the other side of each shrimp, about one more minute. They don’t need to be cooked all the way through yet. Remove them to a plate and set aside.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium and let wok cool off a bit to prevent the aromatics from burning. Add the remaining cooking oil and add green onion, garlic and ginger and stir fry for a minute until fragrant. [If you are using other vegetables, like snow peas, add them to the wok now and stir fry for a minute or until the vegetables are bright in colour and crisp-crunchy.
  5. Pour in the sauce mixture and add the shrimp back into the pan. Stir fry for another minute or so until shrimp is cooked through. Serve immediately.
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