Mom’s Chinese Stir Fry

Chinese Shrimp Vegetable Stir Fry RecipeChinese Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe with VeggiesChinese dinner: Stir fried shrimp with vegetables

Happy Chinese New Year!  It’s the Year of the Fire Rooster.  Or maybe it’s the Chicken?  Perhaps it’s just a regular Rooster.  I have no clue.  I’m just going down a google hole.

What I do know is that I’ve been eating this shrimp stir fry since I was a kid, and it’s one of my favorites.

My mom shows us how to make it using just a couple ingredients that she always has, like soy sauce and corn starch.  When I was little, she would sometimes forego fresh veggies and use pantry staples like baby corn, bamboo shoots, and straw mushrooms. And she points out that you can make it with any other kind of protein – beef, pork, and chicken.  Maybe even rooster.

I don’t know how I’ll be celebrating this year.  I already made my frozen dumplings for a Facebook Live video so I’ll be eating those leftovers tonight.  Like most years, I’m not around my Chinese family.  So it’s nice to know I can make a pot of perfect rice and feel like I’m hanging out with my mom.  Get her recipe below, and a video tutorial too.  If you make it, tag me on social media (@mslynnchen) and let me know!

Chinese Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry


  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves, 2 scallions, 1 tablespoon ginger (mix it all together and let it sit for 5 minutes)


  1. Prep vegetables – any you like. WE are using snowpeas, red pepper, onion, celery and carrots.
  2. Heat the oil and put the garlic/ginger from the shrimp marinade into the pan. Cook for a minute then add the shrimp. Stir for a minute, the cover for a minute. Uncover and stir until cooked through and curly. Put the shrimp to the side.
  3. Put more oil to the pan and add the vegetables. Stir fry for a minute, adding white pepper and salt, then cover for another minute. Uncover, add a tablespoon of soy sauce and cook for another minute. Add the shrimp back in. Cook for another minute, remove from heat and serve.

 Video: Shrimp Stir Fry with Vegetables


2 thoughts on “Mom’s Chinese Stir Fry

  1. Anny

    For me, watching Saving Face ,a funny and touching romantic comedy, must be the result of serendipity and the best thing in Jan 2017. To be candid, as a Chinese, I watched it just because John Chen and did not expect that I would be fangirling over the actor who played Vivian that is irresistible no mater you are straight or not. I admired Vivian’ way to embrace the love , the life and the world , so brave, so poised , so smart and so elegant. It was also help me to find the courage to pursues life I want, considering happiness as the bottom line and to hold a proud attitude towards life, not willing to compromise, and not willing to bend in front of it. So thank you very much indeed Lynn, for creating the character so beautifully and realistically and for bringing the imagination, wishes and inspiration to all the audiences.(Please excuse any mistakes as English is my second language)

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