Easy Hoisin Shrimp

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This shrimp is straight-up awesome sauce.

Want to know how I know that word?  Because I watch 95% of my tv on Hulu.  And any Hulu-watcher will know what that means — I also watch the same commercials over, and over, and over, and over again.  Ad nauseum.  (Pun intended.)

This includes that commercial where a girl calls her credit card to ask about her bill, and her twin sister picks up the phone and tells her how awesome the credit card company is, to which her twin replies, “awesome sauce!”  Truth?  I know every line of this commercial verbatim, but don’t want to give the company the satisfaction of saying the name because I’m completely annoyed at the fact that I’ve been subjected to this commercial probably 100+ times.

Does Hulu think this repetition is really the best form of advertising?!  I mean, I’ll grant that it’s effective since I can tell you that the sister’s name is Julie, and “for once in her life” her sister thinks she “sounds pleasant”, and she gets her FICO credit score for free.  But is it positive advertising?  Mmmm, negative, if you ask me.

But this is a food blog, and…you probably weren’t asking me.  So I’ll hop off my Hulu advertising soapbox now.  :)

I do still stand by the fact, though, that the sauce is what makes this quick and easy shrimp dish so delicious.  So let’s dive in!

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I created this shrimp dish last week on impulse when I realized I had an unopened jar of hoisin sauce in the pantry, which is unacceptable in this house.  I usually keep it on hand to serve with spring rolls, and occasionally I mix it into stir-fry’s and fried rice.  But last week, I was craving shrimp.  Straight shrimp.

Easy Hoisin Shrimp | gimmesomeoven.com

So I mixed up a simple hoisin sauce mixture with some soy sauce and rice wine vinegar to round it out.

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Then sauted some shrimp…

Easy Hoisin Shrimp | gimmesomeoven.com

…coated them with the sauce…

Easy Hoisin Shrimp | gimmesomeoven.com

…and went a little crazy garnishing with sesame seeds and green onions.

Easy Hoisin Shrimp | gimmesomeoven.com

 And hoi-ly moly.  It was delish!!

Easy Hoisin Shrimp | gimmesomeoven.com

The sauce itself is pretty strong, which is the way I like it, especially once it gets mixed in with some rice or quinoa or other veggies that you might serve alongside the shrimp.  So if you’re hesitant about strong flavors, you might just add it in a little bit at a time until it flavors the shrimp to your liking.

But however much of the sauce you use, it’s salty and sweet and…well…awesome.  :)

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Hope that you enjoy this one!  If you make it yourself, be sure to take a photo and tag it #gimmesomeoven on Instagram or Twitter so that I can check it out.  Bon appetit!

Easy Hoisin Shrimp | gimmesomeoven.com


Easy Hoisin Shrimp

  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This simple hoisin shrimp recipe is quick and easy to make, and packed with amazing flavor!



  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • (optional toppings: toasted sesame seeds, thinly-sliced green onions)


  1. Combine hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  2. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel. Season shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add half of the shrimp in a single layer. Saute for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until shrimp are cooked through and pink. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cooked shrimp to a separate plate. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  4. Once the second batch of shrimp is cooked through, add the first batch of cooked shrimp back to the saute pan, along with the hoisin sauce mixture. Saute together for 1-2 minutes, tossing until the shrimp are evenly coated and the sauce is heated through. Remove from heat and sprinkle shrimp with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve warm over rice, quinoa, noodles, and/or veggies.

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101 comments on “Easy Hoisin Shrimp”

  1. This is genius on so many levels. We buy hoisin sauce in bulk at our Asian market… now I just need to find some shrimp. Love love love this!

  2. Shrimp dishes and hoisin sauce are probably two of my most favorite things ever!

  3. I’ve never made anything (or even purchased) hoisin sauce before, but this shrimp looks amazing so that may need to change very, very soon.

  4. Dude, I love that your first line of this post includes the phrase “awesome sauce.” And the hoisin shrimp, totally be actioned!!

  5. Love this recipe, Ali. We’ve been eating a lot of shrimp this summer, everyone loves it (except Paul, who’s allergic to it – huge bummer). Love the combination here! xo

  6. Mmmmmm, So…saucy!! Love! I actually have an unopened jar of hoisin I picked up at the store for no apparent reason last week…possibly some hoisin shrimp in my life???

  7. Oh my goodness YES! Hulu! Seriously?! (Though in their defense, maybe it DOES work? You did just start a blog post that oodles of people see about a credit card ad ;) )

    I DO know that fast meals and any Asian-inspired is definitely working for me right now, so Hulu or not, I’m on board!

  8. Thanks for letting me know what I’m making for dinner!

  9. Yum, I love how quick this is – perfect for weeknight dinners :)

  10. Oh. my. word! Have all those ingredients right now… so happening in this house basically because i’m drooling over the pics yet again!

    And yes… seriously get some different commercials Hulu.. we bet of you!

  11. This looks AMAZING.. that sticky hoisin sauce over the shrimp seriously has my mouth watering here. I love it so much that I had to pin it twice!

  12. Shrimp & hoisin, what a delicious combination! My family would love this for dinner… Totally not related to this post, but I love your nail color! Care to share the details?

  13. Gahhh!! Ali! Omg, you so nailed it with the repetitive commercials and everything you said was soooo on point and I can’t tell you how many times the same exact thoughts have entered ( and re-entered) my mind!!!! I seriously was dying hysterically laughing as I was reading and scrolling down your blog post. One because it hit home and was oh-so-true, and two because girl, you are straight up just damn funny and your blog posts bring so much happiness to my world!! Ha! Your recipes (this hoisin shrimp dish is being made–STAT!), your personality, your beautiful photos….you are killing it! My husband and I have made sooo many of your wonderful recipes and none, NONE have even remotely disappointed. Love, love, love your blog. Have you thought about publishing all of your recipes into a book? I access them often from your website but I would definitely love to have them all in one place, bound together in a gorgeous book. Keeping my fingers crossed there is indeed one on the horizon, preferably in the near future!! Ha! Please say there is!!!!! Lolololol!! Best always, Danielle

  14. I love easy Asian inspired dinners. Hoisin sauce is so delicious, I love that strong flavor. I have never put it on shrimp, this is on my menu. I pinned it too!

  15. True story, when I read “awesome sauce” I totally read it with that girl’s voice in my head before I even knew you were going to mention the commercial, lol. It’s one of those that just gets stuck on repeat in your head! Obnoxious. I’ll need at least three bowls of this yummy shrimp to get over it, obviously. ;)

  16. Dinner in 15 minutes is always fabulous! Loving this incredible sauce!

  17. Tonight’s dinner…yum!

  18. i want this! i wish i could steal some from my computer screen right now.

  19. I LOVE hoisin sauce – and this is calling to me!! (I don’t even watch on Hulu anymore, but I totally know what commercial you are talking about!)

  20. Oh, I must try this! really looks delicious and sounds easy!

  21. This does look delicious and it probably is, but between the soy sauce (even using the reduced-sodium variety) and hoisin sauce, the amount of sodium in this recipe is criminal. One serving of this is WAY over what a healthy person should consume in a day. If you have high blood pressure or any other health issues that require moderating your sodium intake, this should be avoided. Even if you don’t have any health issues whatsoever, consume these kinds of recipes regularly, and you will in no time. Bon apetit!

  22. will try this tomorrow and tag you on Instagram. thanks, the recipe is easy and looks delicious.. <3

  23. This. Looks. Incredible. Also your photos are fantastic!

  24. I tried this but added sunflower kernels and some toasted coconut flakes over top instead. absolutely wonderful. Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I tried this out and it was solo delicious! Perfect with a bowl of rice! Thanks for sharing!


  26. I’m sitting here drooling over this recipe! I live on the coast & am lucky enough to have lots of local shrimp in the freezer… can’t wait to try your beautiful hoisin shrimp!

  27. This. Is. Delicious-Looking. I am sure it tastes amazing to. I will have to give this a try. It really cuts the prep time down having just 3 condiments.

  28. I’ve been lacking in the Asian cooking dept lately, I’m totally craving this now!! Looks so good!

  29. Rice Vinegar or rice wine vinegar? Is there a difference? 

  30. Absolutely gorgeous! These shrimp look amazing. I love hoisin sauce! it’s the asian BBQ. 
    I’ll definitely try these at home. My hubby loves trying out new shrimp flavors. 

  31. Oh my, I would love to eat this shrimp. Divine.

  32. Well this looks fabulous! I usually make shrimp every couple of weeks and grow tired of the same old thing (garlic… lots of garlic. it tastes good, but I’d like to mix it up a bit). Can’t wait to make this hoisin sauce! 

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  35. I made this last night and it was great. Nice and easy for a weeknight and super tasty. I think next time I might throw in a few red pepper flakes to kick up the spice.

    PS I just discovered your blog and it’s been a great read! Thanks for all of the good ideas in the kitchen.

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  45. Made this tonight with Jasmine Rice and Royal Red Shrimp, absolutely amazing. 

  46. First of all: this looks amazing! The problem is, we don’t have this hoisin sauce here in Greece :/ Can we simply add some vinegar sugar and garlic to imitate it? Sorry if this sound a bit stupid :)
    Thanx for the wonderful post,
    Panos and Mirella.

    • Thank you! And that doesn’t sound stupid at all! Do you have access to any barbecue sauce, molasses, soy sauce, and/or Chinese 5 Spice Powder? Those all together would be a close substitute. If you aren’t able to get those, I think just using garlic and soy sauce would be your next best bet. I hope that helps! : )

  47. OMG!!!! This was awesome sauce. Had it over zoodles. Can only imagine how awesome it would taste over rice. Thank you for such an amazing dish 

    • Thank you, Bri, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! And we love that you served it over zoodles — so yummy!

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