This Spicy Shrimp + Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry is a quick and delicious Chinese-inspired seafood meal. You won’t even miss the rice!
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Spicy Shrimp + Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry

A quick and delicious Chinese-inspired seafood stir-fry. Napa cabbage is such a hearty, low-carb swap that you won’t even miss the rice!

I haven’t made a good stir-fry in a while.

I blame it on the fact that until recently, I was a total wimp when it came to high heat in the kitchen.

No joke.

But I’ve grown past the need for crazy long tongs and unnecessary splatter guards and embraced the heat.

And thank goodness, because this stir-fry turned out fabulously!

Overhead view of a platter with spicy shrimp + Napa cabbage stir-fry

My family loves rice, but I didn’t have any leftover in the fridge.

And leftover rice is the best stuff to use when making fried rice.

I had picked up a big head of Napa cabbage from the Farmers Market. So I figured why not stir-fry that and top it with some sweet-yet-spicy marinated shrimp?

It worked out so well.

I let the shrimp marinate while I stir-fried the cabbage.

Once the shrimp was done cooking, I boiled the pan juices down to make a rich, golden sauce to pour over top.

Big platter of Spicy Shrimp + Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry

This meal totally hit the spot, and without a big pile of rice underneath, we didn’t feel too full of carbs, which was a nice change from typical stir-fry meals.

In the tradition of Archer, I highly recommend making this for Stir Friday (or any day)!

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This Spicy Shrimp + Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry is a quick and delicious Chinese-inspired seafood meal. You won’t even miss the rice!

Spicy Shrimp + Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Stir-Fry
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese


A quick and delicious Chinese-inspired seafood stir-fry. Napa cabbage is such a hearty, low-carb swap that you won’t even miss the rice!



For marinade:

For stir-fry:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced on an angle, whites & greens separated
  • 78 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce*
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili garlic sauce. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Let marinate while you prepare the cabbage.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil over high heat in a large skillet, preferably cast iron (or a wok, if you have one). Once hot, add garlic, ginger and the white portion of the green onions and stir-fry until fragrant. Add cabbage, chili garlic sauce and soy sauce and stir-fry until the cabbage is crisp-tender (tongs work really well for this). Transfer cabbage to a platter and wipe out the pan.
  3. Heat remaining tablespoon of peanut oil over high heat. Add shrimp and stir-fry until cooked through. Place shrimp on top of the cooked cabbage, and return the skillet back to the stovetop and allow the pan juices to reduce to a nice glaze, stirring occasionally. Once reduced, pour over top of the shrimp and garnish with remaining green onions and some toasted sesame seeds.


* optional: use gluten-free


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 291
  • Sugar: 7.3 g
  • Sodium: 737.9 mg
  • Fat: 15.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 26.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 182.6 mg

Keywords: shrimp stiry fry, napa cabbage, grain-free

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  • Crystal Withrow

    If you are going to mark your recipes as gluten-free PLEASE educate yourself. Not all soy sauces and Hoisin sauces are gluten-free, actually, most are not. This is a HUGE risk for those with Celiac Disease. We know these things but family members and friends do not. You could make someone seriously ill or worse. You need to be aware some people have anaphylactic reactions to wheat and can die. I am not posting this to be mean but I am sure you would never want to one of your recipes to make someone ill.

    • Ashley

      Hi Crystal – thank you so much for catching that! I typically mark ingredients like soy sauce with a * and write to use GF as an option, but it either got overlooked in this recipe, or those notes fell off when I updated the type of recipe cards I use when I redesigned my site. I’m going in to edit the notes on it now.

    • Ashley

      Crystal – one more note – I went in and checked and this recipe wasn’t categorized as gluten-free, so it’s possible that the search function was acting wonky. I didn’t mention gluten at all within the post, but I went in and made the notes to the recipe anyway and have added gluten-free as a category. Hope that clears up any confusion. Have a great day!

      • Lala

        I am GF, and beacuse I am I know how to adjust all reciepts to gf. I just wanted to let you know because I thought the comment was kind of harsh. So if people are gf, no worries, if you’ve ever had a reaction you learn to read and learn and grow. I love your site and your reciepts. This one is no exception! Happy Day!

        • Ashley

          Thanks for the kind words, Lala! I think that person has misread and thought it was marked as GF. I absolutely hope that anyone with an allergy or intolerance reads ingredient labels well before using them. Luckily there are lots of GF alternatives out there these days!

  • Helene Ragovin

    I made this recipe for dinner last night and we loved it! Quick, easy, and—yes!—full of Big Flavors. My Napa cabbage was kind of measly, so I also added in part of a red cabbage I had in the fridge. Topped with finely chopped peanuts because I had no sesame seeds. A 10:10 on my Taste:Effort Scale.

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