How to Cook Shrimp with a Wok

A wok is designed to cook food quickly and evenly. That’s why it is ideal for preparing stir-fry dishes that are ready in less than 20 minutes as well as perfectly cooked shrimp.

How to cook shrimp in a wokThe bowl-shaped design of a wok is what allows it to distribute heat evenly. This shape also helps you keep food in the pan when you toss it during stir-frying. You don’t have to use as much oil when you are cooking with a wok, in contrast to a frying pan, because of its unique shape.

You can use a wok to prepare shrimp on its own or simple, delicious shrimp stir-fry.

How to Cook Shrimp in a Wok

Step 1

If you bought whole shrimp, with the legs and tails still attached, start by peeling and deveining the shrimp. Place your fingers along the spine of the shrimp, at the top, and peel off the shell and legs. Use a pairing knife to scoop out the black vein on the back. Grab the tail and firmly pull it off.

Step 2

Place your wok on the stove over medium-high heat. Pour in 1 tablespoon of oil. Pick up the wok with the handle and gently shake it to make the oil swish around so that it covers the inside.

Step 3

Add the shrimp to the wok along with any vegetables that take longer to cook such as carrots and bell peppers. Pour a sauce of your choice on top. Cook until the shrimp is pink (about 2-3 minutes).

Step 4

Add in any additional vegetables and seasoning. Cook for another 1-2 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the shrimp is cooked through.

Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry

If you are looking for a healthy shrimp meal for a busy night, try this tasty Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry by Alyssa The Recipe Critic. It takes less than 15 minutes.

Serves: 4


1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

¼ cup soy sauce

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 red bell pepper, sliced

½ cup carrots, shredded

¾ cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 cup sugar snap peas

Sliced green onions for garnish


Garllic Shrimp with vegetables1. Whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic and brown sugar in a small bowl to make a sauce for the stir-fry.

2. Follow the instructions above. Pour the sauce you prepared on top of the shrimp, peppers, and carrot at step 3.

3. In another small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and cornstarch.

4. At step 4, add the broccoli, sugar snap peas and cornstarch mixture to the wok. Toss the vegetables and shrimp until the mixture is incorporated.

5. Cook until the broccoli is tender, and the sauce has thickened.

6. Serve over rice or rice noodles. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Pick up fresh shrimp to cook in your wok from City Fish Market! We are conveniently located right off Deane Highway in Wethersfield, CT.

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