Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry is a quick, easy and healthy main course. Serve with oriental style noodles or steam rice!
1 Pound raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned
½ Cup olive oil (plus another 2 Tablespoons for stir frying)
4-6 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar (light or dark)
1-½ Teaspoons crushed red pepper
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
½ Medium onion (sliced thin)
3 Cups sliced mushrooms
1 Medium red pepper (sliced into thin strips)
3 Cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen (thawed, if frozen; blanched, if fresh)
¾ Pound Chuka Soba or other oriental style noodles (such as ramen noodles)
If using fresh broccoli, I recommend blanching to crisp-tender by dropping in pot of boiling water for 1 minute or 2 and then immediately draining and plunging into ice water to stop the cooking process.
Whisk together olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, soy and crushed red pepper.
Add the shrimp and marinate while you prepare the rest of the meal -- it only needs 15 minutes or so.
Next, stir fry the vegetables
In large skillet or wok, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat.
Add onions and cook for a couple minutes.
Add mushrooms and cook for a couple minutes.
Add sliced red peppers and cook for a couple minutes.
Add broccoli and cook for a couple minutes.
At this point, I usually drizzle a little soy sauce over all the veggies.
Turn off the heat. Place all your cooked vegetables into a large bowl and set aside (you may want to cover with foil to keep the heat in).
Place the skillet back on the stove (you will use it to cook the shrimp).
Next, start the water boiling for the noodles
Follow the cooking directions for your noodles.
The goal is to "orchestrate" so that the shrimp and noodles are finished at about the same time. The shrimp will take only 5 minutes or so -- they cook very quickly.
How long your noodles will take to cook, will determine when you throw the shrimp into the skillet.
Cook the shrimp and assemble the dish
Reheat your skillet over medium-high heat.
At the appropriate time, toss in the shrimp and marinade all at once.
After a couple minutes, be sure to flip the shrimp to cook the other side.
As soon as the shrimp are cooked, I toss them into the bowl with the vegetables.
Then, I throw the drained noodles into the skillet, add the vegetables and shrimp, give everything a nice stir, and serve it up!