Arianna Foster
Published by Arianna Foster
Last Updated On: June 29, 2022

Wok-seared steak and shrimp is a repeated, limited-time offering at Panda Express. The steak is seared with a special seasoning blend and then wok-cooked with fresh vegetables. The shrimp are also wok-seared and tossed in the same seasoning blend.

This fan favorite may not be on the menu at any given moment, but that doesn't mean you can't create a replica at home. Try this Panda Express wok-seared steak and shrimp recipe and enjoy all the flavor without having to leave your kitchen.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

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Chinese Inspired Steak Sauce

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Pinch pepper
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red chili sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp water or chicken stock
  • ¼ cup softened unsalted butter

Marinade

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

Potato coating

  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Stir Fry

  • Green onions
  • 2 tbsp olive or canola oil
  • 6 oz whole, cleaned sugar snap peas
  • 2 red bell peppers sliced into strips
  • 1-2 potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 oz cleaned and peeled large shrimp
  • 1 lb Angus sirloin beef cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ peeled and sliced medium-sized yellow onions

Instructions

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  1. Combine all Chinese-inspired steak sauce ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and then set aside.
  2. In another bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Add the beef, coating them evenly, then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all potato coating ingredients. Add the potatoes, coating them evenly, then set aside.
  4. Heat a wok or flat skillet over high heat. Add olive or canola oil to just cover the surface of the wok.
  5. Once the oil starts to smoke, add the sirloin beef and stir-fry for 1-3 minutes. Sear beef on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  6. Turn heat down to medium and recoat the wok with oil. Add potatoes and stir-fry until brown on the edges. Remove and set aside.
  7. Turn the heat back to high and recoat the wok. Add onion and bell peppers and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add sugar snap peas and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  8. Toss in the shrimp and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  9. Pour the sauce into the wok and bring to a boil. Stir regularly to keep it from sticking while you cook.
  10. Add potatoes and steak to the wok and turn the heat off. Stir thoroughly, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  11. Garnish with green onions and plate.

Recipe Notes

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  • Panda Express uses Angus beef for this dish. Angus is a type of beef that often has more fat than other types, making it more flavorful. If you can't find Angus, any type of tender steak will work. Just make sure to cut it into bite-sized pieces, so it will cook evenly.
  • This recipe calls for tapioca starch, a type of flour made from cassava root. It's often used as a thickener in sauces and soups. If you can't find tapioca starch, you can substitute cornstarch.
  • If the sauce ingredients are too spicy for your palate, you can reduce the sriracha and chili powder. 
  • You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 360
  • Total Carbs: 21g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Net Carbs: 16g

"Our flavors are a combination of Chinese roots with an American taste. And we provide dishes that are authentically American Chinese, every time."

- Panda Express's Official Website

What to Serve With Panda Express Wok-Seared Steak And Shrimp?

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Since wok-seared steak and shrimp has veggies, shrimp and beef protein and fat, you can serve it as a solo dish. This surf and turf (plus vegetables) recipe creates a hearty, filling meal that will satisfy you.

Rice is always a good option if you're looking for something to put on the side. You can also try pairing it with a light salad, more snap peas, or other steamed veggies.

Noodles are always a good option as well. Try serving this Panda Express replica over some lo mein or chow mein noodles.

Finally, if you are feeding a notoriously hungry crew, you might try adding an extra protein to the mix. Chicken, pork, or more shrimp would be delicious additions to this dish. Just toss in a little more sauce and the meal will be complete.

For something sweet after the meal, try a fortune cookie

FAQs

Is the Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp Spicy?

Wok-seared steak and shrimp is mildly spicy but primarily savory with a hint of sweet. The sriracha in the sauce recipe gives it a slight kick, but it's not overwhelmingly hot [1].

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?

You can marinate the steak and potatoes ahead of time, but it's best to make the sauce and cook everything fresh when you're ready to eat.

What Is Wok-Seared?

Wok-seared refers to a cooking method that involves searing food in a hot wok. A wok can achieve temperatures of up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's essential to use a high smoke point oil like olive or canola [2]. This technique is often used in Chinese cuisine and produces a slightly charred, smoky flavor.

Delicious Panda Express Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp

This delicious, easy-to-follow recipe creates a dish that makes you feel like you are at your favorite Chinese restaurant. This dish is perfect for a weeknight meal or a casual get-together with friends. Spoon it over rice or noodles for a complete meal.

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References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/video/186956/science-heat-flavour-Sriracha-sauce
  2. https://www.cooksillustrated.com/articles/2189-the-science-of-stir-frying-in-a-wok

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