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Shrimp stir fry: the fast, healthy weeknight dinner with incredible much flavor

Total time: 40 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
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Ingredients
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp
Shrimp
1 lb, peeled and deveined
Black pepper
Freshly ground, to taste
Sesame oil
1 tbsp, toasted
Broccoli
1, cut into small florets
sugar snap peas
8 oz
Red bell pepper
1, sliced
Cloves Garlic
3, minced
Ginger
1 tbsp, minced
Soy sauce
½ cup
Cornstarch
1 tbsp
Brown sugar
2 tbsp, packed
Red chili flakes
¼ tsp
Lime
Juice of 1

This shrimp stir fry recipe is mouthwateringly delicious and absurdly easy to make. It takes about half an hour from the moment you start chopping your veggies to when you're taking your first forkful. Thanks to ingredients like soy sauce, ginger, sesame, and chili flakes, this stir fry is loaded with flavor and offers a clever way to sneak more vegetables into your diet (or your kids'!). This shrimp stir fry recipe is the perfect at-home copycat for the popular Chinese takeaway dish. For that authentic taste, you'll want to break out your wok although a large saute pan will work in a pinch.

How to Make Shrimp Stir Fry

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Heat oil over medium-high heat. Season shrimp with pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, until pink. Set aside in a bowl.

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Add the sesame oil to the wok to heat.

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Add vegetables and cook for 7 minutes, until tender.

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While the vegetables are cooking, whisk soy sauce, lime juice, cornstarch, sugar, and chili flakes in a small bowl. Set aside.

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Stir in garlic and ginger and cook 45 to 60 seconds, until fragrant.

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Pour the sauce over the vegetables. Stir to combine. Add shrimp back to the wok, tossing to coat.

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Cook 2 minutes or until heated through.

What to Serve with Shrimp Stir Fry

Enjoy your shrimp stir fry over steamed rice or noodles. To boost the nutritional value of this dish, you could also serve it over quinoa. Cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles are excellent choices if you're trying to cut down on your carb intake.

Tips for Making Shrimp Stir Fry

It's best to remove the shrimp tails for this recipe, but feel free to leave them on if you prefer.
Cooking with a wok makes all the difference in a stir fry. A good wok is an excellent addition to your kitchen arsenal. If you don't have a wok, a cast iron skillet will work, too.

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Instructions

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Season shrimp with pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, until pink. Set aside in a bowl.
Add the sesame oil to the wok to heat. Add vegetables and cook for 7 minutes, until tender.
While the vegetables are cooking, whisk soy sauce, lime juice, cornstarch, sugar, and chili flakes in a small bowl. Set aside.
Stir in garlic and ginger and cook 45 to 60 seconds, until fragrant.
Pour the sauce over the vegetables. Stir to combine. Add shrimp back to the wok, tossing to coat, and cook 2 minutes or until heated through.

Notes

If you're watching your sodium intake, try using low-sodium soy sauce.
If you're a fan of spicy foods, cut up a fresh green chili.
Make sure all the ingredients are prepped before you start cooking. Stir fry is cooked quickly, so you'll want to have everything ready to go.

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