Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe

Crazily Easy Chinese Dish for Feeding A Big Family with Low Budget

This sweet and sour shrimp recipe will make you to cook Chinese all the time at home.

Easy Chinese Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe

Total Time:
20 Minutes
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Prep Time
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Active Cook Time: 20 Minutes  
Inactive Cook Time: 20 Minutes  
Serving: 6-8

As much as I love to use natural ingredients for any dishes on the table, scrambling to get everything ready on a busy day could be a challenge.  

While I was writing this recipe, it was still in the middle of April 2021.  Many offices are still on locked down mode and many people like I do still are working from home.  My little one has been very lucky that he was at school in person since Sep 2020.  Running back and forth from school to home office ended up spending 2 extra hours on the road and still need to make up 2 extra hours for work every day.  You can imagine the extra time and stress because of this change.  So, cooking comfort food like this sweet and sour shrimp recipe for dinner is perfect.  But I didn't want to go through all the prep work.  That was how this recipe was created.


You can replace it with popcorn chicken if you are not a fan of seafood.  

I purposefully baked the popcorn shrimp 2-3 minutes more to get it extra crunchy which gives a better texture after mixing with the sauce.

Yes, you can cut this recipe into halves.  I cooked this for a big family dinner.

When it comes to store-bought sweet and sour sauce, you may need to adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar or a small splash of vinegar, depending on the brand and your preference.  If you like to make this recipe from scratch, click here.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe and Directions

1.5 lbs Store-bought Frozen Popcorn Shrimp
3 lbs Frozen Stir-Fry Mix (bell peppers and onion mix)
1 jar (11-13oz) Store-bought Sweet and Sour Sauce
1 can (20oz) Pineapple Chunks (separate from juice and save it for use later)
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sugar, salt and pepper to taste
Steamed white rice served it on the side


  1. If you choose to serve white rice on the side, start cooking it first.  (If you select to use some quick cooking rice, it will need to adjust accordingly.)
  2. Bake popcorn shrimp according to package directions.
  3. While waiting both rice and shrimp cooking, preheat a big deep skillet at high heat with 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Add frozen vegetables into skillet and cover with lid; stir occasionally so that the vegetables are cooked evenly (about 8-10 minutes).
  5. Add pineapple and sweet and sour sauce.
  6. Add about 2 tbsp reserved pineapple syrup into the sweet and sour sauce jar to rinse out the rest of the sauce to stir into the vegetable mixture.
  7. Let the mixture cook in low boil; uncovered (about 3-5 minutes)
  8. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste at this time.
  9. If the sauce is too watery, combine 1 tbsp corn starch and water to make slurry, then stir into the vegetable sauce mixture.
  10. Stir in the crispy popcorn shrimp and enjoy immediately with rice.

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Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe Steps with Photos

4 ingredients to make sweet and sour shrimp4 easy store-bought ingredients
Popcorn shrimp on baking sheetBake popcorn shrimp according to package instructions
Frozen vegetables in skilletCook frozen vegetables in a deep skillet
Vegetables cooking in skilletStir regularly
Pineapples together with vegetablesAdd pineapples into the cooked vegetables
Sweet and sour sauce with vegetable mixtureAdd sweet and sour sauce
Vegetable mix with sauceStir to combine everything together
Popcorn shrimp in vegetable mixStir in popcorn shrimp
Sweet and sour shrimpIt's great to serve as is
Sweet and sour shrimp with steamed riceENJOY sweet and sour shrimp with steamed rice

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