The 30-Minute Orange Firecracker Shrimp

By: Prasanna| Published: 10:45:00 AM

This firecracker shrimp is crispy, sticky, and spicy coated with a delicious orange sauce made in under 30mins! This orange shrimp is also called Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp served in many Chinese restaurants.

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The famous Orange Shrimp served in many Chinese restaurants is made by coating crispy shrimp with an easy orange sauce made under total 30mins, is also called Honey Firecracker Shrimp.

Ingredients to make this recipe are pretty easily available and straightforward.
The orange sauce is made with very few ingredients and tastes so good!
a close up of a pan with  easy honey orange firecracker shrimp
a closer look at white plate with orange firecracker shrimp and rice

Firecracker Shrimp

This honey orange shrimp is very easy to fix and tastes so much better than the takeout menu that you have been trying.

What is firecracker shrimp (orange shrimp)?

Firecracker shrimp is a Panda Express copycat style crispy shrimp appetizer that can be served with rice, noodles, or salad.

Ingredients to make honey orange shrimp:

These are very easy to find ingredients:
  • Shrimp
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt & Pepper
For Orange Sauce:
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Orange Juice
  • Orange Zest
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt & Pepper
ingredients to make honey orange firecracker shrimp

How to make the firecracker shrimp sauce?

The easy honey orange firecracker shrimp sauce is made with:
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Orange Juice
  • Orange Zest
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cornstarch

How to make firecracker shrimp?

Step1:   Clean shrimp and marinate with salt and pepper.
Dredge each shrimp in cornstarch to evenly coat the shrimp. Shake off excess cornstarch.

Step2:   Heat oil in a shallow pan, drop shrimp in batches, and fry till shrimp are crisp and golden brown.
Drain shrimp and arrange them on a plate.
marinate shrimp and coat with cornstarch

Step3:   In another pan, add orange juice to the pan. Add the remaining ingredients (orange zest, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, honey, salt, pepper, and cornstarch) to the same pan. 

Let it boil till the sauce starts to thicken.

Step4:   Add shrimp to the pan and let the shrimp coat well with the sauce. Let it simmer for some time.
instructions to make the honey orange firecracker shrimp
steps to make honey orange firecracker shrimp
Step5:   Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onion greens. Serve immediately.
a pan with honey orange shrimp topped with sesame seeds and spring onion

Tips to make honey orange firecracker shrimp:

  • Use fresh shrimp to get the best flavors. Frozen shrimp work fine if you are in a hurry.
  • When frying shrimp, fry them in batches without crowding the pan.
  • If you want extra heat to the dish then you can add sriracha to the sauce or increase red pepper flakes.
a top view of a white plate with rice and orange honey firecracker shrimp

What to serve with firecracker shrimp?

You can serve this honey orange firecracker shrimp with a salad of your choice. You can try this best kale salad, grilled peach salad, Mexican street corn salad

Also, you can enjoy this recipe by making tacos out of this shrimp, also add slaw to the tacos.

The most comfortable food would be served on side of fried rice or noodles. They taste yummy!


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