The last time I went out for Chinese, I ordered a saucy shrimp dish very similar to the one I stir-fried here. It was gingery and garlicky. Spicy, salty, and sweet. It hit all the flavors I craved at once. Every sticky, glazed bite was fantastic. I sipped from my hot tea cup and read about being born in the year of the ox.
All was good and fine and greasy, but really, I just couldn’t wait to crack open my cookie at the end of the meal.
Once I did, I stared blankly at my fortune. It read,
And I thought aloud,
But then, I went out to eat again. This time, my fortune read,
And I thought aloud,
Working on it.
15 Minute Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 teaspoons canola oil
1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
1 jalapeño pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch.
In a large frying pan or wok set over medium-high heat, heat 2 teaspoons of the canola oil. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, until pink and opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of the canola oil to the now-empty pan and add the onion, red pepper, green pepper, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeño and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the soy sauce mixture, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir to coat in the sauce. Serve immediately over white or brown rice.
Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/4th of Entire Recipe): Calories 260, Total Fat 8.7 g, Total Carbohydrate 10.6 g, Dietary Fiber 1.9 g, Sugars 2.4 g, Protein 34.3 g