Spice-crusted stir-fried shrimp top a cool, crisp Asian-style slaw for an easy supper. Many traditional versions of this recipe use Sichuan peppercorns. We've opted to use Chinese five-spice powder, which contains Sichuan peppercorns and is more readily available. Make it a Meal: Serve with rice noodles or brown rice and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2006


Recipe Summary

35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage and bell peppers; toss to combine.

  • Combine rice flour, salt, pepper and five-spice powder in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat in spice mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring often, until pink and curled, 3 to 4 minutes. Add jalapenos and cook until the shrimp are cooked through, about 1 minute more. Serve the slaw topped with the shrimp.


Ingredient Notes: Rice flour is made from finely milled white rice. It is often used in Asian cooking for desserts and to thicken sauces. Look for it in Asian markets or the natural-foods section of your supermarket.

Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 23.2g; carbohydrates 20.1g; dietary fiber 2.9g; sugars 4.6g; fat 13.6g; saturated fat 1.6g; cholesterol 187.5mg; vitamin a iu 3012.5IU; vitamin c 96.1mg; folate 49.2mcg; calcium 186mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 45.7mg; potassium 306.1mg; sodium 1177.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 3 stars
Spicy! Wow! The heat of the jalapenos hit fast and hard. Overall I did like the recipe bec of the crust but the salt was a bit much for me. Everything else with the recipe was great so I'll just tone down the salt next time. The slaw was fantastic! I will use it for other recipes too. Pros: great crust on prawns Read More
Rating: 4 stars
it was great i loved it i cant wait to try aother i used this for a project for a math thing i love it but i hated the spicyness so next time no spicy for me. -horselover Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is really good I've made it several times. I don't care for five spice so I leave that out. Read More