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Hunan Shrimp

Hunan Shrimp is a delicious Chinese dish that is super easy to recreate at home. Fried green beans and shrimp are tossed in a savory soy and chili sauce. Dinner will be on the table in 30 minutes or less!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Brianna May


Hunan Sauce

  • cup chicken stock*
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chili garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon honey*
  • 1 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch*

Shrimp & Green Beans

  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil*
  • 2-3 cups chopped fresh green beans
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil*
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined

For Serving

  • steamed rice
  • green onions sliced
  • sesame seeds


  • In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the chicken stock, soy, oyster sauce, chili paste, honey, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch.
  • In a large skillet, heat the grapeseed oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the green beans to the oil in a single layer. Fry for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer the green beans to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the sesame oil.
  • Add the shrimp and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to medium low. Add the green beans.
  • Add the sauce and stir continuously, until the sauce has thickened.


Chicken Stock: Swap for water.
Honey: Swap for granulated sugar. 
Grapeseed Oil: Swap for avocado, peanut, canola, or vegetable oil. 
Toasted Sesame Oil: Be sure to use TOASTED sesame oil instead. It is a darker color and has more flavor than plain sesame oil.  
Cornstarch: This is needed to thicken the sauce.
Spice Level: Medium. Reduce chili garlic paste to 1-2 teaspoons for a milder sauce.
Make Ahead: The sauce can be prepared one day in advance through Step 1 and stored in the refrigerator overnight. 
Refrigerator: Store leftover hunan shrimp and green beans in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Be sure to peel and devein the shrimp. You can also buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined to save time. 
Allow the oil to heat before adding the food. When you add the green beans, the oil should begin popping or sizzling. 
Do not stir or move around the food continuously. In order for the shrimp and green beans to caramelize, they need uninterrupted time with direct heat. 
Use a paper towel lined plate. This will soak up any excess oil on the green beans. 
Serve over rice. Hunan shrimp should be served over steamed rice so that all of the delicious sauce can be soaked up.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 366mg | Sodium: 1711mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g