From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Summer or winter, this simple stir-fry, developed by Cook's Illustrated, is one of my favorite go-to meals. It combines ease of preparation with great flavor and it's a meal that can be on the table in half an hour. All that being said, the best part of the recipe is that it is scaled to feed just two people. While the folks at Cook's Illustrated will disapprove, I have been known to take a shortcut or two when I prepare this stir-fry. If I'm really in a hurry, I unapologetically use frozen shrimp and jarred ginger and garlic to make quick work of this already simple dish. Of course, the stir-fry is better with fresh shrimp and just minced ginger and garlic, but this is the type of meal that I select because it is super easy to prepare. I do not make it to impress. I hope you'll give this wonderfully aromatic stir-fry a try. Despite its simplicity, the dish is delicious and I know those of you who cook for small families will enjoy it. Here is how it is made.
Aromatic Stir-Fried Shrimp for Two...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Cook's Illustrated
1/2 pound extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
1-1/2 teaspoons dry sherry
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 scallions, white and light green parts, minced, plus scallion greens, sliced thin and reserved
1 medium clove garlic, minced or pressed with garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
1/4 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon peanut oil or vegetable oil, plus an additional 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1) Toss shrimp with sherry and soy sauce in medium bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine minced scallion, garlic, and ginger, and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in small bowl and set aside. Stir together water, sesame oil, oyster sauce, sugar, and cornstarch in small bowl or measuring cup and set aside.
2) Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until shimmering Add shrimp and cook, stirring every 10 seconds, until just opaque, about 1 minute. Push shrimp to sides of skillet, clearing a spot in center of pan. Add remaining scallion mixture to center of pan and mash with a wooden spoon, cooking until fragrant, 10 to 15 seconds, then stir mixture into shrimp. Remix water mixture and stir into skillet; cook until sauce has thickened, 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer to serving plate, sprinkle with reserved scallion greens, and serve. Yield: 2 servings.
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