Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp


Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

Weeknights are all about easy dinners around here.  I am sure most of you are the same.  You have a busy day at work, all you want to do is get dinner on the table for your family.  Something that everyone will like, and something that is healthy, and you can feel good about giving them.  This is where stir-frys come in for me.  You can use whatever you have on hand, and they are ready in minutes!

Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the fastest cooking proteins, so I always have it on hand.  My 7 year old will eat shrimp like crazy, he will eat more of it than I do in a sitting.  He isn’t a fan of veggies, but he will pick around them to eat the shrimp and rice.  This meal came together in less than 20 minutes.  That is faster than you can go get fast food, or call for take out.

Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

My family was a little skeptical given the name of this dish.  But it went over well.  It is a little sweet, and a little spicy; so it is sure to please.   The original recipe calls for 2 tsp of black pepper.  I went for a milder version and used only 1 tsp.  That was perfect in my opinion, so if you are sensitive to heat I might even start with a little less.  You can even add whatever veggies your family likes, or you have in your fridge.  Get creative!

Yields 4

Sweet and spicy shrimp stir-fry

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Tbls water
  • 2 tsp corn startch
  • 1 Tbls sesame oile
  • 12 oz large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups snow peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, miced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbls brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • Brown Rice


  1. In a small bowl combine water and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, swirling to coat the pan. Add the shrimp, and cook for 2 minutes, or until starting to turn pink. Mix in snow peas, garlic, black pepper, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small saucepan combine chicken stock, brown sugar, and fish sauce. Heat over high, and bring to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook for 30 seconds, or until it starts to thicken, stirring constantly. Pour over shrimp.
  4. Return shrimp the heat, and cook for 2 minutes or until hot.
  5. Serve over brown rice.


Slightly Adapted from Cooking Light



  1. I love shrimp, these flavors sound so tasty!

  2. Interesting!

  3. says:

    I wish I had seen this early! We had shrimp to use up, this would have been wonderful. I’m sure my family would be so pleased with this recipe!

  4. I love the name and my kids will devour a lot of shrimp in one sitting! This looks like a winner :)

  5. Did you say caramel?? I need to try this! Erin, this is such a creative recipe. I love shrimp, any which way.

  6. I posted shrimp today too, great minds and all :) We’ve been trying to eat healthier dinners, and shrimp are a great choice. I need to try this recipe soon!

  7. What a delicious, easy weeknight meal! I love this Erin!

  8. I love the sound of this dish! I have been trying to incorporate caramel into savory dishes lately (kinda weird, I know) so I am really excited to try this one!

    xo Jackie

  9. This sounds like a great recipe. I read the ingredient list a few times looking for caramel. I thought it actually had caramel in it. :) Silly me. cant wait to try it. MMMM

    • My family was skeptical of the recipe because they thought there was real caramel in there too! They were very pleasantly surprised it was just sweet :)

  10. This sounds so good. My husband was like your son, but his parents weren’t quite as generous as you. Every time they would go out to eat, they would warn him to order a hamburger and he would always order “shrimp”. His dad would kick him under the table but he would insist on “shrimp”. We still laugh about the memory and how it infuriated the folks :) This shrimp sounds wonderful, I think you could use it in a zillion different dishes!

  11. I have got to try these shrimp!

  12. What a fantastic Asian dish!! I would devour it. :)

  13. Looks like a real keeper quick shrimp dinner-thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. Got to love something so simple yet so flavorful. You had me a “caramel”!

  15. Look pretty fast and easy, my kind of dinner.

  16. I have to try this one because I love shrimp so much. Thanks for your delicious recipe.

  17. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Caramel pepper shrimp…I love this name idea. A great and quick dinner idea for any night of the week, Erin.

  18. Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  19. I have to admit that I’d be skeptical, too. 😉

    It does look good, though! And if you say it’s good, I know it’s just amazing. 😀

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