Cheater’s Shrimp Stir-Fry


Ever have a dinner #fail?

Who am I kidding…we all have!

This is a recipe I’d planned to share months ago, while I was still pregnant. I’d been wanting to get more seafood into my diet and I thought the recipe couldn’t be easier. Just sautee up some frozen shrimp on the stovetop, add some frozen chopped veggies and sauce and serve over pre-cooked rice. Bam. Who needs takeout, amiright?

I even photographed the dish before my husband and I dug in:

Only…it was terrible. The vegetables were fine, but the shrimp was SO overcooked! I couldn’t understand where I had gone wrong. I’d only cooked the shrimp for a few minutes. This meal was supposed to be an easy sub for takeout and we ended up ordering takeout that night anyway!

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It took a few months and a bit of trial and error for me and my husband to warm up to stir-fried shrimp again, honestly. And what did the trick was to not stir-fry the shrimp at all! Just like that trick where you bake bacon in the oven, I’ve discovered that cooking shrimp in the oven is SO much easier and it provides the perfect texture.

Paired with pre-cut frozen vegetables and either a jarred or very simple homemade sauce: Bam. Shrimp for dinner once again. My toddler, who loves shrimp, is especially pleased and I hope you will be, too.

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Cheater's Shrimp Stir-Fry

Course Dinner
Cuisine Dairy-Free
Keyword Oven Bake, Stovetop


  • 1 lb frozen shrimp thawed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz. frozen stir-fry vegetable blend*
  • 16 oz. frozen broccoli**
  • 1/2 cup prepared teriyaki sauce (more to tastOR make sauce below:
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic minced OR 2 garlic dots
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce more or less to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Drain thawed shrimp and distribute evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot or frying pan on the stovetop.
  4. Add frozen vegetables and sautee until heated through.
  5. Add prepared teriyaki sauce OR combine soy sauce, water, corn starch, garlic and Sriracha in a small jar. Shake to combine throughly, then add to vegetables and cook 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens.
  6. Add cooked shrimp to vegetable mixture, stir to combine.
  7. Serve over rice with additional Sriracha sauce as desired.

Recipe Notes

*I used Trader Joe's Pacific Shores Stir-Fry Vegetables

**Or two 16 oz. bags of stir-fry vegetables. We just really like broccoli around here.

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