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The Best Kung Pao Shrimp

It’s not often that you find a recipe that tastes as good as any restaurant version, has just 300 calories / 4 WW points, and only takes 15 minutes to make, but Kung pao shrimp is amazing like that. It’s a shrimp stir fry with bell pepper, scallions, and chopped peanuts, tossed in kung pao sauce: a thick, glossy topping that’s deliciously salty-savory-sweet-and sour.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: kung pao sauce, kung pao shrimp, shrimp recipe, stir fry
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 308kcal


  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chili paste recommended: Sambal Oelek
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1.5 lbs large raw shrimp peeled and deveined (tails can be removed or left on)
  • .333 c unsalted peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger


  • In a small bowl, whisk the broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chili paste, and cornstarch. Set aside
  • .In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and peanuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is pink and opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Remove the cooked shrimp and peanuts to a plate and return the skillet to heat.
  • Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and scallions and cook until tender but still crisp, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and grated ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the oyster sauce mixture and bring the skillet to a boil, stirring frequently as the sauce thickens.
  • Once the sauce is thick and glossy, remove the skillet from heat and stir in the cooked shrimp and peanuts. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice.


4 WW Freestyle points per serving
Recipe adapted from Cook's Country


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 330mg | Sodium: 1398mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g