Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry With Peppers

spicy shrimp stir fry gluten free

It’s no secret that I love to make stir frys for dinner. A meal that is fast and easy, healthy, and only uses one pan checks all my boxes. Like most of my other stir fry recipes, such as my go-to beef and cabbage stir fry, this spicy shrimp stir fry recipe was born on a night when I had 20 minutes to get dinner ready, nothing in the fridge, a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer, and an abundance of fresh squash and peppers in the garden.

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry With Peppers and Onions

For this, I used a mixture of spicy and sweet peppers, but it can easily be adapted with just sweet peppers to tone down the heat. You can use whatever size shrimp you like. I like to use the little salad shrimps because they are just the right size for little mouths. I used precooked shrimp for this stir fry, but if you’d like to use raw ones, you absolutely can. They’ll just need to be cooked a little longer. (If you’ve never cleaned and peeled shrimp, check out this video.)

How to Serve

Frequently, stir frys are served over rice or rice noodles. While we do eat white rice occasionally, I prefer to make my noodles from vegetables with a spiral slicer.

This stir fry is great as is, but if you think it needs noodles, I suggest leaving the zucchini out of the stir fry and turning them into zoodles (zucchini noodles) instead.

It’s always a win when a thrown together meal turns out and in fact becomes a favorite family recipe. My family enjoyed it, and it took under half an hour from start to finish! It’s absolutely one we’ll be making again.

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Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

A simple stir fry made with shrimp, summer squash, peppers, onions, spices, and optional cream cheese sauce is a fast meal idea.
Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 510kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • Thinly slice the peppers and onions.
  • Melt olive oil, coconut oil, or butter in a skillet or wok on medium-high heat.
  • Toss in the onions and peppers and saute. 
  • While the onions and peppers are cooking, peel the squash and cut down the middle lengthwise.
  • Cut the squash into long strips and then into ½ inch pieces.
  • Add them to the skillet or wok.
  • Saute for 10 minutes or until almost cooked.
  • Throw in the defrosted, precooked shrimp.
  • Stir in the spices.
  • Continue cooking until the shrimp are heated.
  • Add the cream cheese if using and stir well to melt.
  • Serve immediately.


You can use raw shrimp, but it may be a little extra work -- they will need to be peeled, cleaned, and the tails removed.


Serving: 1½ cups | Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.7g | Protein: 67.6g | Fat: 19.1g | Saturated Fat: 6.3g | Cholesterol: 6.8mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 9.1g

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