Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry with Fried Rice
Yesterday was Fat Tuesday and although I could have have done a Cajun-inspired shrimp and rice stir fry, I went in the Asian direction instead.
This dinner went from skillet to table in less than 15 minutes and was a one pot special. Gotta love a speedy weeknight meal. Or a speedy any night meal.
It also was a freezer and refrigerator drawer use what I have on-hand special.
I used shrimp from the freezer that I thawed, an assortment of vegetables, some of which were fresh, some were previously frozen, doused it all in Szechuan sauce and a drizzle of oil.
That’s it and then I sauteed it for 5 minutes.
I portioned the food onto plates, put previously cooked rice into the same skillet, Szechuan sauce remnants and all, cracked an egg and stirred, and the fried rice was done in a hot second.
The family was in such a rush to eat, I didn’t take rice pictures so use your imagination. It’s rice.
The star of the meal was
the meat and potatoes the shrimp and veggies, and it received rave reviews.
Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry with Fried Rice (Gluten-Free)
Makes dinner for two
1 dozen medium shrimp
3 to 4 cups mixed vegetables (broccoli, red pepper, green pepper, carrots, green beans, peapods, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, mushrooms, baby corn, asparagus, etc.)
2/3 cup Szechuan sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil (or sesame, peanut, or canola oil)
Combine all ingredients in a wok or large skillet and cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until shrimp are done (opaque) and vegetables are tender. Serve immediately or quickly make fried rice.
1 to 2 cups cooked rice (cook rice according to directions or use previously cooked, leftover rice, or bagged rice like Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice)
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (or sesame, peanut, or canola oil)
1/2 cup diced vegetables, optional (carrots, peas, water chestnuts, mushrooms, peppers, bean sprouts, same vegetables used in stir fry, etc.)
After plating the shrimp and vegetables, drizzle wok or skillet with oil (it’s okay and preferable if there is leftover Szechuan sauce remnants in the skillet for flavor) add the rice, vegetables, crack the egg and stir. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until egg is done and the rice has begun to brown a bit. Serve immediately.
Skylar loved it and chugged about 16 ounces of water throughout the meal and told me how spicy it was, but how good it was.
I think the Szechuan sauce has a little ka-ka kick. Scott said that it was spicy but not ridiculously so.
Then again, my idea of spicy and yours may differ since I can eat Hot Pepper Jelly with jalepeno peppers and serano chiles by the spoonful.
I can’t eat shrimp because I developed an anaphalatic reaction to them as an adult. About ten years ago, I went out to dinner with Scott, we shared a shrimp and vegetable stir fry at an Asian restaurant (oh the irony), and about a half hour after we left the restaurant, I started swelling up, my body became covered in hives, my airway started closing, I couldn’t breathe, and I spent a perfectly good Saturday night in the emergency room when I could have been out drinking and whooping it up. Those darn shrimp.
The doctors said there is no explanation why I suddenly developed an allergic reaction to them, but I had spent a lifetime eating shrimp, but they said it can and does happen, so I have to avoid them forever because anaphalatic shock and airway closure is not something you want to mess around with. It tends to put a damper on dinners.
Here are a few other stir fries and meals with rice:
Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies (vegan, GF)
Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables (vegan, GF)
Caribbean Citrus & Veggie Stir Fry (vegan, GF)
Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stir Fry (vegan, GF)
Do you like stir fries?
I do because they’re easy, one-pot, fast, and I can clean out all the odds and ends from the bottom of the refrigerator drawer and freezer that I want to use.
On the spicy meter, where do you fall? So mild you mistake your food for eating air, mild, medium, hot, or burn the house down and set off the fire alarm hot?
I have evolved into the last one. I love hot, but I don’t like sodium. There’s a difference which is why I personally don’t consume many prepared sauces because there’s an RDA’s worth of sodium in one tablespoon and I one tablespoon is a joke and I need about 17. Thus, I make my own hot sauce.
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