Pineapple shrimp stir fry is a sweet, delicious, and healthy dinner recipe that's always a hit. An easy to make stir fry sauce coats the tender shrimp, sweet pineapple chunks, and our favorite veggies. It's quick to make and so much better than takeout!

Complete the meal with some perfect basmati rice or cauliflower rice. And if you like pineapple, make sure to also try our pineapple pork stir fry!

A wooden spoon taking a scoop of pineapple shrimp stir fry.

Pineapple shrimp stir fry

This is a recipe that even the pickiest eaters enjoy. The pineapple juice and hoisin sauce give the sauce the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

The shrimp, which are coated in cornstarch and quickly pan-fried, pick up tons of the tasty sauce. They're delicious.

You can use the veggies in the recipe (we love the combo!) or choose ones that you know will be a hit in your family. It's a versatile recipe!

A close up of pineapple shrimp stir fry with red peppers and snap peas.

Pineapple shrimp stir fry variations

We love the combination of snap peas, red pepper, and pineapple in this recipe. But you can switch up the veggies for your favorites. Here are a few ideas:

  • Broccoli + red peppers.
  • Onion + celery + carrots.
  • Mushrooms + broccolini + cauliflower.
  • Green beans + orange peppers + onions.

Can you make this with chicken?

Yes! But chicken needs to be cooked longer. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, coat them in cornstarch, and cook them for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are no longer pink.

A bowl with rice and stir fried shrimp and pineapples.

Does this pineapple shrimp stir fry keep well?

Seafood never reheats very well. While it's safe to eat the next day, it is best fresh.

But since we hate to waste food, we do eat the leftovers. Warm them gently so you don't risk overcooking the shrimp!

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Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Pineapple shrimp stir fry is a sweet, delicious, and healthy dinner recipe that's always a hit. An easy to make stir fry sauce coats the tender shrimp, sweet pineapple chunks, and our favorite veggies. It's quick to make and so much better than takeout! 


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ lb. shrimp, shells removed
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
  • 1 cup snap peas, cut in half
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple (or canned pineapple chunks)
  • Sesame seeds, for serving

Pineapple Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup pineapple juice  (can sub orange juice)
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce (gluten-free, if needed)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Optional, 1 teaspoon sriracha (more, to taste)

Instructions

  1. If you're serving this with rice, start that first.
  2. Whisk the cornstarch, onion powder, and garlic powder in a medium-sized bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Note: the batter will turn sticky.
  3. Next, make the stir fry sauce. Add the cornstarch to a measuring cup. Add a little of the pineapple juice and mix it into the cornstarch. Now add the rest of the juice and the remaining sauce ingredients. 
  4. Heat half of the oil in a large, nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and spread them out in the pan so that they are in a single layer. Cook them for 2 minutes on each side then remove them from the pan. 
  5. Add the remaining oil and the snap peas, red pepper, and pineapple and cook the veggies for 2-3 minutes, or until they are crisp-tender.
  6. Return the shrimp to the pan, give the sauce a stir then pour it over the shrimp and veggies, then mix everything together. Let the sauce cook for 1 minute to thicken it then serve the stir fry with sesame seeds sprinkled on the top.

Notes

Serve this stir fry with some perfect basmati rice or cauliflower rice. 

Perfect basmati rice in a pot. cauliflower rice in a pan with a wooden spoon.

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