General Tso’s Shrimp Recipe

Hipon gets tossed in a tasty sweet and spicy sauce that's addictive.

We may never know who General Tso really was but we do know anything with his name on it is delicious! These shrimps are no different. Tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce with a touch of fruity flavors, courtesy of the gochujang paste, these are worthy of carrying on the legacy of other sweet and savory stir-fried dishes. 

These are so good, you won’t be able to stop at just a few of these succulent shrimps!  

Gotta love that these shrimps are definitely delicious, sweet and spicy. 
Photo by Majoy Siason

General Tso's Shrimp Recipe

Jeffrey G. Tan
Hipon gets tossed in a tasty sweet and spicy sauce that's addictive.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 6


General Tsos Shrimp Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Calamansi Juice or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 500 Grams large prawns shelled and deveined with tails left intact
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large Egg beaten
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • green onions Chopped, for garnish
  • Oil for frying


  • Combine the soy sauce, calamansi juice, gochujang paste, sugar, and sesame oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves and the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Season the prawns with salt and pepper. Put the beaten egg in a medium bowl and the flour in another medium bowl. Add the prawns to the egg wash and then dredge in the flour. Set aside.
  • Pour enough oil in a large pot for deep frying, and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the prawns in batches. Fry until golden brown and set aside.
  • To serve, put fried prawns in a large bowl, drizzle with General Tso’s sauce, toss to glaze well, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions before serving.
Keyword sweet and spicy
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