Spicy shrimps and chayote in white wine

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 400 grams shrimps shelled and deveined
  • 500 to 700 grams chayote about two to three pieces peeled, cored and julienned
  • 1 large carrot peeled and julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 bird’s eye chilies finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet white wine
  • salt
  • few onion leaves finely slivered, for garnish


  • Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the carrot and chayote. Saute for about a minute. Pour in the wine. Boil uncovered until the wine is reduced to almost nothing and the vegetables are cooked through but not mushy. Depending on the age of the vegetables (younger ones are more tender and cook faster), this stage takes anywhere from five to 10 minutes.
  • If the wine dries up before the vegetables are done, add half a cup of water and continue boiling until quite dry. Don’t worry about the “dry” state — the shrimps will render their natural juices so you still get a nice amount of sauce.
  • When the vegetables are done, add the shrimps, the garlic, ginger and chilis. Stir fry over very high heat just until the shrimps change color. Turn off the heat. Season with salt. Transfer the cooked dish to a serving plate. Garnish with fine slivers of green onion. Serve at once.