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Close up top down of a large bowl filled with rice, topped with cooked snow peas and shrimp, garnished with sesame seeds.

General Tso Shrimp Stir Fry

A healthy version of the takeout classic! The shrimp is tossed with a sweet and spicy General Tso's sauce and served with snow peas and tender rice.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Healthy Dinners
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 390kcal




  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2-3 green onions

General Tso Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Snow Peas

  • 3-4 cups snow peas
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt


Cook the Rice

  • Follow instructions on the package to cook the rice.

Prepare the Shrimp

  • Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl, season lightly with salt, and toss with arrowroot powder until the shrimp are coated evenly.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. In batches, cook the shrimp for just about 1 minute per side, until they start to turn pink. Set them aside on a plate.

Make the General Tso's Sauce

  • Rinse or wipe out the same pan.
    Heat the sesame oil and add the minced ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, and red pepper, if using. Stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant, then stir in the other sauce ingredients. Whisk in the arrowroot powder.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's thickened slightly.

Finish the Shrimp

  • Add the shrimp back in to the pan with the thickened General Tao’s sauce. Toss it gently to coat. Allow the shrimp to finish cooking in the sauce, stirring occasionally, for just about 2 minutes.

Cook the Snow Peas

  • Heat the oil in a small, separate skillet. Add the snow peas and a pinch of salt, and sauté for about 3 minutes. Once they’ve turned bright green in color, sprinkle with sesame seeds and remove them from the pan.

Garnish & Serve

  • Sprinkle the General Tso Shrimp with more sesame seeds, crushed red pepper, and sliced green onions, and serve over rice and sautéed snow peas.



To Make General Tso's Chicken:
  1. Cut cut your chicken breasts or thighs into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Follow the same directions above, except brown the chicken in the skillet on all sides for 1-2 minutes per side. Set it aside to make the sauce.
  3. When you return the chicken to the pan to cook with the sauce, cook it for 6-7 more minutes, until each piece is thoroughly cooked through. Remove one piece of chicken and cut it in half to check if it's been cooked through.
To Store Leftovers: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1816mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 799IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 4mg