Need to get dinner on the table fast? Make this Mango Shrimp Stir-fry! A delicious meal with simple ingredients you can make in minutes.
What I love about this sweet and spicy mango shrimp stir fry recipe is that it comes together in just 20 minutes and the spicy kick is balanced out by the sweet mango. This recipe is not only delicious but brings back memories of my upbringing in Spain.
How to Make Mango Shrimp
For all the flavor this dish has to offer, it is surprisingly simple and quick to assemble. The important part is a ripe mango and making sure the shrimp is cooked perfectly and I’m going to help you do both.
Make the Sauce
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat up the oil. Add onion and sauté, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, sriracha, and stir.
Add the Shrimp
If using frozen make sure they are fully thawed (details on fresh vs. frozen shrimp below). Add them to the HOT skillet and toss to combine with the sauce. Cook until the shrimp are opaque and slightly pink.
Add the Mango
Stir in the diced mango with the shrimp and sauce, cook until warmed and the juices released. The aroma is EPIC!
Scoop some rice onto a plate, top with the Mango Shrimp, sprinkle with shredded coconut, green onions, and a squeeze of lime juice. Bon appetit!
Want to watch this recipe come together? Check out this quick recipe video.
Sauce for Mango Shrimp
The sweet and tangy sauce helps to bring out the flavors of the mango and shrimp without overpowering the entire dish. It’s super light and can be toned down a notch by reducing the Sriracha chili paste to half a teaspoon. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1–2 teaspoons Sriracha chili paste
Kid-Friendly Mango Shrimp
As many of you know, I spent a lot of time in my grandmother’s kitchen as a young adult. Many of the recipes in my websites and cookbooks were inspired by the lessons I learned cooking with her. What I’ve never shared before, however, is that she spent twenty years living in South America where she learned to cook with fruits, like mangos.
While fresh mango fruit is great, she loved that as the fruit cooks, its sweet juices release into the food to bring delight to the palate. My grandparents lived on the east coast of Spain, yards away from the beach. As you can imagine, fresh seafood was abundant and this recipe was inspired by a much simpler version of hers, to which I added a little spice.
I typically buy at least 3-5 mangos at a time because when I start cutting these, my kids steal a slice or two and by the time I need the mango chunks to cook, they are nearly all gone! What’s great is that mangos take a few days to fully ripen at room temperature and then you can move them inside the fridge to slow down the ripening. Check out how to cut a mango and how to store a mango.
I love sweet and spicy dishes, so I had to add a little bit of chili paste to give the recipe a little kick. However, since I usually make this for dinner for the kids, I cut down the chili paste to half a teaspoon. It still has enough kick without overpowering everyone’s palate.
Tips for Cooking Shrimp in a Skillet
Shrimp is a very simple ingredient to incorporate into a variety of meals such as pasta, stir fry, tacos, and more! See more of my family’s favorite shrimp dinner ideas here.
However, there are a few pointers to take along the way so you can make perfectly tender shrimp every time.
Frozen shrimp is best
Compared to the ones sold defrosted, frozen shrimp are superior in taste and freshness, this is most likely due to the fact that they are frozen shortly after being harvested. Keeping a few bags in the freezer is also an easy fix for nights when you want to make something with shrimp.
Unlike chicken and beef, shrimp are much quicker to defrost. Place them in a colander and soak in cold water for 3 to 5 minutes.
Peeled and deveine
To make shrimp everyone will want to eat, purchase them peeled, and deveined. For the sake of time and appeal, it’s worth the few extra dollars.
Don’t leave them in the skillet
Shrimp tend to cook fast which is great for us, but not so great when they come out over-cooked. To prevent that gummy, chewy texture remove the shrimp from the skillet once they are cooked through.
Depending on the size shrimp take anywhere for 3 to 5 minutes to cook. Below are good indicators for when it’s time to remove the shrimp from a hot skillet:
They turn from translucent to opaque or turn from gray to light pink in color.
Where I Buy Shrimp Year-Round
I always try to keep my freezer stocked with favorite ingredients that I knew my family will love. From time to time I make an online order to receive high-quality shrimp to stock my freezer for all my favorite shrimp recipes.
I love that fresh shrimp can come straight to my door all year round with Fulton’s Fish Market. You can check out where I order here.
Can You Use Frozen Shrimp?
Absolutely! Frozen shrimp will perform the same as fresh shrimp in any recipe. However, I highly recommend thawing them first, since frozen shrimp tend to hold a lot of water and will make your dish runny.
How to Defrost Shrimp
The best way to defrost shrimp is to let it thaw overnight in the fridge. For a quick thaw, take the shrimp out o the package, place them in a strainer, and run cold water into the bowl while the excess water goes down the drain.
From freezer to the pan, frozen shrimp should be ready to cook in about 10 to 15 minutes.
I do not recommend thawing out shrimp in the microwave. The microwave will cook your shrimp and make them chewy.
Low Carb Mango Shrimp Stir Fry
You can prepare the shrimp stir-fry as directed but instead of serving it with regular rice, swap it for cooked cauliflower rice or put it in a lettuce wrap. You can do this at dinner or make a lunch meal prep for the week. It doesn’t get much easier than that my friends!
What I love about this recipe is that eating it makes you feel like you should be somewhere tropical, like some other place other than your kitchen, in your yoga pants with your hair up in a bun – oh wait, that’s just me nearly every day. With each bite, I take a journey into my grandmother’s kitchen, where I can still feel her presence and hear her singing as she cooked.
What is your favorite way to enjoy mangos?Print
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