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Shrimp With A Kick

Full disclosure: up until this year I hated shrimp.  I always found it to be too rubbery and overdone.  Then this year I finally worked up the courage to try making shrimp myself to try to learn how to like shrimp.  After a few not-so-awesome attempts, I finally have figured out the reason i’ve never liked shrimp: it’s very easily overcooked.  So the key with this recipe is going to be making sure that you steam the shrimp until its JUST pink then allow it to finish while the sauce simmers.  Shrimp should not be cooked for 10+ minutes like some recipes.


Alright so this is an easy weekday dinner that is really versatile–you can use whatever veggies you have on hand.  I happened to have 3 small zucchinis withering away in my fridge, so I threw those in with some snow peas and garlic.


Ready for the recipe?


Serves: 2-4



  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium Tamari
  • 1/4 sambal oelek
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger grated

Stir Fry:

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 2 lbs large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 3 zucchinis chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 lb snow peas
  • green onions to garnish




  • If you’re using frozen shrimp, thaw them and put aside.  You can easily thaw frozen shrimp by placing them in a colander and running cold water over them for 5-7 minutes.  Make sure you’re using cold water!

  • Combine all of your sauce ingredients and whisk together until combined.  If you don’t like a lot of spice, you might want to use 1/2 the amount of Sriracha.
  • Add sesame and canola oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.

  • Once fragrant, add in the zucchini and sear until it begins to brown and soften.
  • Add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant.  (About 30 sec-1 min)
  • Add in the snow peas and then cover with a lid and allow to steam until they begin to soften. (approx. 1 min)

  • Push the veggies over to one side of the dish.  Now add the shrimp and cover.

  • Once the shrimp begins to turn pink (approximately 2 minutes), uncover and add in the sauce.
  • Toss to combine and allow the mix to simmer for a bit while the sauce thickens. (about 2-4 minutes)

  • Serve over rice and top with chopped green onions!

Also I decided to throw in a wine pairing with this recipe.  I’ll keep it super short.  I chose to pair a nice, crisp Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc with this dish.  Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that I will typically pair with asian dishes as it cuts through the spice nicely without overwhelming you.  The sauce in this dish already has a ton going on and I didn’t want to pair this with anything that would be too heavy.  This particular wine, Rodney Strong 2015 Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, is a 92 point wine as rated by The Tasting Panel.  It’s a bright sauvignon blanc with a nice acid level and tropical fruit notes.  This particular wine I picked up at my local Heinen’s on sale for $11.99–it’s typically a $17 bottle wine.

Told you I don’t think wine has to be fancy.  Thats my post-work sweatpants and messy bun look…pinky’s up…

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