You can’t beat bang bang shrimp, but this recipe is close! If you’re not in the mood for the savory/spicy mayonnaise flavor of bang bang, this sweet alternative is akin to the sauce for General Tso’s Chicken. You’ll crisp up some shrimp with a combination of corn starch and panko. Then you lightly toss the shrimp in a honey szechuan sauce. Coat with sesame seeds and some cilantro, and wow your guests! These would be a welcome addition to a salad, on top of rice, or on a party platter with tooth pics in them.
Defrost your shrimp – I am lazy and buy the de-veined and de-shelled shrimp. Pour the water off of them and place them on a towel.
Crush your szechuan peppers.
Mince the garlic. Add 1T of sesame oil to a sauce pot over medium heat. Saute the minced garlic in the oil and then add the ground szechuan pepper for 1 minute.
Spoon honey into the pot, and add the fish sauce and soy sauce. It should bubble as the water cooks out.
In a bowl, combine about 50% corn starch and 50% panko. The corn starch will create a crust and the panko will give the shrimp more texture.
Heat up a frying pan over medium heat and coat the bottom in a light layer of non-flavored oil. Toss the shrimp in the corn starch and panko mixture. The crusting will stick to the shrimp because they are a little bit damp. Cook in the frying pan on both sides until light golden-brown and cooked through.
Check on your honey szechuan sauce. After 10 minutes, it should stop bubbling so much and the viscosity should return back to the original honey thickness.
Be careful not to cook the sauce too long, or else you’ll be left with a hard caramel. If this happens, add a touch of water to return it back to the honey consistency. Also note, as the sauce cools off, it will noticeably thicken.
Toss the shrimp lightly in the honey sauce.
Top with sesame seeds and cilantro and serve hot.
Ingredients (for about 30 medium shrimp):
4 heaping T of honey
2 cloves garlic
3 dried Szechuan peppers
1T sesame oil
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1T soy sauce
30 medium shrimp
panko and corn starch in equal quantities to coat the shrimp
vegetable or canola oil
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