Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry With Peppers

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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.

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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 510kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 servings



  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 ½ cups)
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 172
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.1g29%
Saturated Fat 6.3g39%
Cholesterol 6.8mg2%
Sodium 1133mg49%
Carbohydrates 16.7g6%
Fiber 4.5g19%
Sugar 9.1g10%
Protein 67.6g135%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


2 responses to “Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry With Peppers”

  1. Sonia Avatar

    Hey I have been browsing through your site all morning and I just gotta ask: why do you use dairy products? Thankyou

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