Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Asian Shrimp and Spinach Stir Fry

Yum
Last night, I really was in no mood to cook.  So, I looked around for something I could throw together quickly with minimum effort.  A stir fry is always quick, but they usually have a ton of chopping and prep work.  Then I saw a bag of ready to use cleaned spinach.  I don't usually add spinach to a stir fry, but why not give it a try.  I also turned to some cans of Chinese water chestnuts and straw mushrooms to help make this stir fry substantial.  Opening a few cans was just my speed last night too. : )  I was so happy how quick, easy, light, healthy and delicious it turned out.  This is what I call a perfect busy weeknight meal or at least the perfect "I'm in no mood to cook" meal.

Ingredients:
1lb cleaned shrimp (See Note)
1 medium onion sliced
1 can of water chestnuts (sliced or diced)
1 can of straw mushrooms (or fresh button mushrooms)
1 bell pepper, or some sweet chilies sliced into strips
1-2 green chilies (jalapenos or serranos) sliced
2-3 large handfuls of cleaned spinach leaves
1-2 Tbs of ginger-garlic-paste or 2 cloves of garlic and 1 inch of ginger
1Tbs of cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbs of cold water

Note:  To make this shrimp stir fry come together even faster, use shelled and cleaned shrimp.   I used frozen shrimp and the best way to defrost them quickly is to put them in a colander under cold running water for a few minutes.  

The Stir Fry Sauce:
1/2 cup of chicken stock or water/bullion equivalent
2-3 Tbs of soy sauce
1 Tbs of oyster sauce
1 Tbs of Chinese Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp of brown sugar
red chili flake to taste

 Directions:
Note:  Prep all your food first and make the sauce.  You want everything ready to go because the stir fry takes about 5 minutes and it goes quickly.

Heat 1Tbs of canola oil in a large wok pan on high heat.  Then add your sliced onions and cook for 1 minute.  Next add your ginger/garlic and saute for another 30 seconds.





Next add your peppers and chiles and stir fry for another 30-45 seconds.


Add your drained cans of water chestnuts and straw mushrooms now and stir fry for another 30-45 seconds. 




Now add your cleaned shrimp and stir fry for 1 minute.


Then add your prepared stir fry sauce and stir fry for another minute.






Add your cornstarch and water slurry (that's the two mixed together into a water paste).  Allow the gravy to boil and thicken for 1 minute. Your shrimp should be cooked now.  Finally add your fresh spinach and toss with the hot stir fry for a few seconds to wilt.  Turn stove off.

 Serve over steam brown or white rice.  Enjoy.  Serves 4.


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33 comments:

  1. Oh, my, you work wonders in a pinch! Such an amazing dinner with very little effort! YUM!!!

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  2. Ramona, This dish looks lovely! From the gorgeous shrimp to the spinach and brown rice, the meal screams satisfying and healthy. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  3. These are my kind of flavors, especially with the spinach added, yum!!

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  4. Absolutely positively my kind of dish..I love this combination! You did fantastic job!!!

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  5. Oh this looks so vibrant and comforting! All I need now is some hot rice to go with it :)

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  6. Looks wonderful! I love spinach in my stir-fries, and since my trip to China, I'm always trying to find more simple recipes that can re-evoke those flavors :)

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  7. This looks outstanding! I love the spinach and shrimp together. Great combination!

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  8. I was sold at shrimp! :) But this is so easy and super delicious! I love spinach in my stir fry!

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  9. Such a great classic - and perfect for busy nights!

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  10. Super looking dish,quite addictive and tempting.

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  11. For a quick dinner, it looks fantastic.

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  12. What a yummy and beautiful dish... and you were not in a mood to cook?!?! You're definetely a very talented girl! Congratulations!

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  13. What a great stirfry you just threw together! It's beautiful and oh so healthy!

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  14. This is so colorful and it looks so healthy and tasty! Well done, Ramona!

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  15. This looks so delicious! Way better than a lot of things you would get from a restaurant. The colors are gorgeous as well :) Fabulous recipe!

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  16. Ramona, this looks absolutely amazing! I'd make this with chicken and my family would go crazy for it! thank you!

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  17. May I borrow some of your creativity and energy please?

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  18. Great looking stir fry! PS- those mushrooms are my favorite! I love it when I get them in dishes but I have never tried to cook with them myself yet. =)

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  19. Ramona...I am always so impressed by what you 'whip up' for dinner. I could slave for hours and it wouldn't turn out this well!!! And you know how I love your shrimp dishes! This is just beautiful and I think the spinach was a GREAT idea! : )

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  20. Oh wow! I just clicked over here, because it has been awhile (sorry!) and this dish jumped out at me. It is gorgeous and all the flavors I dream of. I was just about to head to bed, but now all I can think about is making this!

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  21. Awesome, your "I'm in no mood to cook" meal is simply awesome!

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  22. I love stir frys as weeknight dinners! This sounds so healthy and flavorful =)

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  23. That looks and sounds awesome! Your photos are fantastic. You have so much talent.

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  24. This looks like my kind of dinner! :)

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  25. Congrats on Top 9!! Wonderful idea of a wholesome dinner...quick simple easy and flavourful...what more can one ask!

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  26. This looks awesome. I like how your show the process step by step by using pictures.

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  27. Hubby would go crazy for a dish like this. He loves shrimp and yours sounds delicious!

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  28. So delicious! I added cashews and cilantro and served it over rice noodles. Yum!

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