Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An Aromatic Shrimp Stir-Fry for Two

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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Ginny Hartzler said...

I bet this smells awesome, and also looks just a bit like soup, making it even better.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

What a beautiful stir fry and with absolutely no leftovers :D

Choc Chip Uru

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I shall have to cook this up for my dear wife!

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Unknown said...

I love most stir fry recipes because you can take short cuts with them from time to time! I've made something similar to this and we love it. Can't go wrong with the flavors and the ease!!

kitchen flavours said...

My family love shrimps! This stir-fry dish looks delicious, there would certainly be no leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

Penny said...

We would love this. I have some huge shrimp in the freezer and it may be on the menu tonight or when we return from our trip. Appreciate your good wishes.

Unknown said...

This is a good and simple dish. easy for a rusty mum like me. thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I love to keep a bag of shrimp in the freezer for quick dinners. Looks like I'll need to add this to my arsenal, it sounds wonderful!

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

This sounds like its smells amazing... what a great and quick meal

Big Dude said...

Looks delicious as always. If the house next to yours ever goes on the market, please let me know.

Chiara said...

thanks for sharing this delicious recipe Mary, blessimgs...

Tanna said...

This is PERFECT for us! Thank you, Mary. =D blessings ~ tanna

Kim said...

Aromatic this meal is! And it looks really good!

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