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Spicy Orange Zest Shrimp

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

This is my favorite shrimp dish hands down! Spicy with a hint of citrus. Dip your favorite bread or baguette in the oil – a crowd favorite guaranteed.


I was at a friends house for dinner a few years ago. He served a version of this dish from a recipe book and it was absolutely delicious. I’ve been working on variations ever since. It is my go-to recipe for a great appetizer that everyone loves. Adjust the levels of spices to meet your likeness.

PREP TIME 20 mins

COOK TIME 15 mins

TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • approx. 40 shrimp – 2 lbs – black tiger shrimp or similar

  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 3’ piece of ginger sliced (approx. 1 inch thin slices)

  • 6 scalliions coarsely chopped

  • 1 tbsp fresh cracked pepper corns

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • zest of 2 oranges – juice of 1 orange


  1. add grape seed oil (or veg oil) to a pan on medium heat

  2. add shrimp and saute for 1 minute, turnover and saute for another minute

  3. remove shrimp from pan and set aside (discard juices from pan)

  4. add vegetable oil to the pan and heat to medium

  5. add ginger and scallions and cook for approx. 5 mins or until starting to sizzle

  6. add pepper, soy, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, zest and juice

  7. turn heat to medium low and add shrimp, stir and cook for approx.. 5 minutes

  8. serve in a small dish with a bread of your choice

  9. Dip away!

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