Spicy Korean Shrimp

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Mmmm…  Shrimp.  Shrimp is probably my favorite seafood.  It’s so versatile and so easy to cook.  I love it with pasta, in fried rice, in seafood salad, as a topping for salad, grilled, roasted, boiled, in cocktail, you name it, I love it.

I came up with this recipe because my husband love, loves gochujang and I have fallen for gochujaru and I was craving shrimp.  The combination of the two spicy ingredients makes for quite a spicy sauce, so be prepared.  The honey, soy, and sesame oil off set the heat a bit, but it’s still got some serious zip.  If you’re not crazy about a ton of spice, cut both of those ingredients in half and increase the honey and mirin by half.

  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 T. gochujang (korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1 T. gochujaru (korean chili powder)
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 T. mirin
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 2 scallions, sliced finely
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and then cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 small onion, sliced

In a bowl, combine the kochujang, kochujaru, honey, soy sauce, garlic, scallions, mirin, sesame oil and sesame seeds and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 T. sesame oil and 1 T. vegetable oil until the oil ripples.  Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook until halfway done.  Remove from pan and set aside.

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Add a little more sesame oil and add the mushrooms, zucchini, and onion.  Cook for 4 minutes then add hot pepper mixture.  Cook until veggies are soft.  Add shrimp and finish cooking through.

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Serve with rice, kimchee, and tofu (or any other korean dishes you like).  You could also wrap the shrimp in lettuce and eat as lettuce cups.

Tips:

  • To make it Gluten Free, use GF soy sauce.  The rest is safe!
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2 thoughts on “Spicy Korean Shrimp

  1. teo November 12, 2014 at 4:14 am Reply

    So far the best spiciest shrimp recipe that I tried…Awesome mouth watering tasty shrimp.

    • merpkim November 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Awe, thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of my family’s favorites too!

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