Monday, July 30, 2007

Spicy shrimp dish in minutes...

Keeping with the theme of speedy cooking out of necessity like last night, I went with another stir-fry to get dinner on the table in a snap tonight. A little sweet and a touch sour, this Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce quickly brought a smile to Jeff's face when he took his first bite.

To cook the shrimp for this dish, they are first given a shower in cornstarch - this gives the shrimp an ethereal coating keeping them light, yet helps to later thicken the fruity sauce. Fresh ginger and garlic are first added into the skillet with a bit of oil until their fragrant aroma exhales into the air - as that happens, the dusted shrimp can then be tossed in. The bright sauce mixture of sweet fresh orange juice, salty soy sauce, golden honey, rice wine vinegar and spicy sambal oelek is added with the shrimp as they cook, coating them in a shiny viscous glaze. Since the shrimp take just minutes to cook, this simple dish was ready from start to finish in less than 15 minutes! You could serve this over rice if you wanted, but we opted to go with a thicker udon noodle for more texture against the tender shrimp.

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce


  1. Nice Job ! Simple Tasty and Light for a Summer Dish.

  2. This sounds like a great alternative to the fried orange chicken that is on every Chinese menu.

  3. John - Thanks!

    Ali - nice comparison and I tend to agree!