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Spicy Garlic Chili Shrimp

chili garlic shrimp recipe

Spicy chili-garlic shrimp is one of my favorite things to eat. I love to spice it up with arbol chile peppers. I leave the chile pods whole and let them cook in olive oil a bit. It imparts a nice heat and flavor profile into the oil which adds heat and flavor to the whole dish.

What is chili garlic sauce?

Chili garlic sauce is a sauce that’s used to make popular dishes such as chili garlic shrimp. It has many uses and is very versatile in just about any dish. You can use it with chicken, beef, and vegetables. It’s great in vegetarian recipes when you need added flavor.

chili garlic sauce recipe

Stir-fried vegetables in chili garlic sauce served over rice is very good. It’s a simple sauce to make consisting of chile, garlic, and a sweet and acidic element. Chili garlic sauce can be made Thai style and used in Asian cooking or you can make a sweet chili garlic sauce.

What goes in chili garlic shrimp?

Very few ingredients go into a chili garlic shrimp recipe. I use oil, garlic, onions, shrimp, and chili paste. My favorite onions to use are green onions, but sweet yellow Vidalia onions also make a nice chili sauce.

chili garlic shrimp ingredients

I finish it with a little salt and pepper to taste.

What’s the best kind of shrimp to use?

For me, medium-large shrimp works well. I usually buy lots of shrimp when I catch it on sale and throw them in my deep freezer. The raw easy peel shrimp are more flavorful than the already cooked shrimp. I’ve never fixed the recipe with large prawns, but I’m sure it’s good.

When I do eat XXL Tiger or Colossal prawns that are 4-6 in an lb., I like them grilled with spices and basted with butter. The 16-20 count shrimp works great.

How to make hot and spicy chili garlic shrimp

I start by adding a little oil to my pan. You can use any oil, but I prefer extra virgin olive oil. I put the chili peppers in and let them cook a bit to release some of the chile oil into the olive oil. This gives it a nice bite of heat. After the chiles have sauteed a minute or two I like to add the garlic and butter.

how to cook chili garlic shrimp in butter sauce

Don’t heat the pan too high because you don’t want your garlic to burn. I use freshly minced garlic and the already minced version that you can find in the grocery store. I let it saute for a couple of minutes to get the garlic flavor into the oil. In goes the chili paste and the rest of the ingredients.

chili garlic shrimp recipe

Hot and Spicy Chili Garlic Shrimp

A Thai inspired garlic chili shrimp dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Thai


  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • 4 arbol chile peppers optional
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground chili paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Preheat skillet or saute pan under medium heat
  • Add the olive oil and peppers to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Stir in the butter and garlic and cook for 1 minute
  • Add the chili paste, green onion and shrimp and stir fry for 2 minutes
  • Turn the heat up to medium-high and pour the water in and the chicken bouillon. Cook until the shrimp is light pink and the sauce has reduced some.


*Don't overcook the shrimp if you still have plenty of sauce and you're trying to reduce it. Just remove your shrimp and finish reducing the sauce. * Don't reduce the sauce too much, you want the sauce to spoon over rice or pasta.
Keyword garlic, shrimp, spicy


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