Sweet and Sour Oriental Shrimp

Diet types:
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from “Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook” by Sara Colman, RD, CSR, CDE and Dorothy Gordon, RN.

Portions: 4

Serving size: 1-1/4 cups over 1/2 cup rice


  • 2 tablespoons  celery
  • 2 tablespoons onion
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup canned, sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 16 ounces large shell-on shrimp, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chili oil
  • 2 cups hot cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  1. Dice celery and onion. Slice bell pepper and carrots. Peel and de-vein shrimp.
  2. Place carrots in a microwave safe dish. Add 2 tablespoons water, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain.
  3. Heat both oils in a large nonstick frying pan or wok. Add celery, onion, green bell pepper and drained water chestnuts. Stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the cooked carrots and heat. Add shrimp and continue to stir and simmer until the shrimp just turns pink, about 2 minutes. Remove frying pan from heat.
  4. In a small bowl mix together lemon juice, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, grated ginger root and cornstarch.
  5. Stir mixture and add to the vegetables and shrimp. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat. Cook until sauce is thickened.
  6. Divide into 4 portions and serve each over 1/2 cup hot rice.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  275
  • Protein  21 g
  • Carbohydrates  35 g
  • Fat  5 g
  • Cholesterol  166 mg
  • Sodium  284 mg
  • Potassium  296 mg
  • Phosphorus  167 mg
  • Calcium  78 mg
  • Fiber  2.4 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 1 vegetable low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Use a frozen oriental vegetable blend with similar composition to replace the fresh vegetables and frozen shrimp when you are in a hurry.

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3 Comments | Average User Rating:
Sweet and Sour Oriental Shrimp
mltonkin says:

Great recipe. I did not have the chili oil so I substituted chili garlic sauce in the sauce mixture. My husband loved it.

Apr. 19, 2013, 9:51 PM - Inappropriate review?
Sweet and Sour Oriental Shrimp
CoolGirl says:

My husband is CKD non-dialysis. How could I adapt this recipe? Moderator comment: You could reduce the amount of shrimp if he requires a lower amount of protein.

Apr. 27, 2012, 4:33 AM - Inappropriate review?
Sweet and Sour Oriental Shrimp
karenkanda says:

This is probably the best recipe I've tried from DaVita. The only change I made is to add a second Tbsp. of brown sugar.

Apr. 02, 2012, 5:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

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