Skinny Chinese Orange Shrimp made with honey orange sauce that’s crispy and delicious with added carrots for crunch and flavor.
Skinny Chinese Orange Shrimp
If you hadn’t quite noticed yet we are HUGE fans of Chinese food around these parts. Being on a diet definitely doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all the delicious flavors of takeout that we were used to, it just means more cooking at home! Since homemade food is always healthier and less expensive than takeout it’s kind of a win-win scenario.
Plus, this dish is super easy to make, I promise.
Is Chinese Orange Shrimp Healthy? YES, the only things to rein in is how much oil you’re using in the wok. Keeping the oil to a minimum (since we’re not deep frying the shrimp as it is traditionally made) you can enjoy this dish as much as you’d like.
With just a teaspoon of honey it isn’t too sweet and the orange is doing most of the heavy lifting. Even with the oil and honey and all, it still comes in at just 2 smart points for 6 ounces of shrimp!
I may or may not have eaten a double serving of this over a giant plate of steamed broccoli and carrots. I’m not even sorry.
How do you make Chinese Orange Shrimp:
Have all your ingredients prepared before heating up the wok. As the oil heats up in the pan you’re going to be adding in the garlic and ginger along with the orange sauce and other ingredients in rapid succession. Because shrimp cooks very quickly do not do any prep work while cooking. The entire dish is done cooking in less than 10 minutes.
How to peel and devein shrimp:
- To peel raw shrimp, tear away at the shell above the first segment of the shell (the tail segment).
- Take a paring knife and make a shallow cut along the spine of the shrimp (the back of it).
- Using the paring knife or a fork, gently remove the black strip of intestines.
- To remove tails just squeeze the shrimp out from the bottom of the tail segment.
What to serve with Skinny Orange Shrimp:
- Serve it over your favorite steamed vegetables or even cauliflower rice.
- Serve it with your favorite chow mein recipe but sub in half zucchini noodles and use half the oil.
- Soup! Hot and Sour soup or even egg drop soup are great healthy options.
More Easy Asian Recipes:
- Thai BBQ Salmon
- Rainbow Thai Chicken Peanut Salad
- Beef Teriyaki Skewers
- Korean BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Tools Used in the making of this Skinny Orange Shrimp:
Stainless Steel Skillet: Perfect for a quick stir fry or if you’d like to keep things more authentic, this wok is best.
Soy Sauce: Only ever use this brand, always in the lower sodium variety.
Honey: I use this brand because it is guaranteed to be real honey and it is the best price per pound (but buy it in the store!)
- Add the orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, honey and rice wine vinegar to a small bowl and whisk until combined.
- Add the shrimp to the cornstarch and coat well.
- Heat your oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
- In batches, cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown and crisp.
- Drain onto a plate (don't use paper towels or it'll steam on the paper towels).
- Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the sauce back to the pan and add the shrimp and carrots on top.
- Toss to combine and cook for 15-20 seconds or until the sauce has thickened (this will not take long, all the cornstarch on the shrimp will thicken it quickly).
- Serve immediately, garnish with green onions if desired.