Stir-Fried Garlic Shrimp with Snow Peas
Stir-Fried Garlic Shrimp with Snow Peas

Stir-frying may be one of the oldest cooking techniques known to man, but it is still one of the most efficient, logical and easy methods for preparing food. The trick is to make sure you have everything possible done in advance, from chopping the vegetables to having the final cooking sauce ready to go and close at hand. Once you get the hang of how the ingredients are assembled, you can branch out by tailoring stir-fry dishes to your personal tastes.

Look for a wok that is heavy aluminum, stainless steel or traditional cast-iron. Make sure it is not too thick though, or it will take too long to heat up. A 14-inch diameter wok is probably the best all around size since it can be used to cook a whole fish or a simple sampling of your favorite vegetables. A cover is important when you want to stir-fry something and then have it finish braising in the wok. You may need to use a wok ring if the bottom of the wok is rounded.

Here are some stir-frying tips:

-- Use an oil resistant to high heat such as peanut oil.

-- Think about the sizes of the meat and vegetables so that you add them in the logical order for even cooking. For example, add carrots before zucchini or red peppers and asparagus before corn kernels.

-- Make sure the wok is very hot and almost smoking to achieve the desired effect of browning the meat or poultry or sealing in the juices of the vegetables.

-- If you don't want to marinate the meat or poultry, think about adding extra flavor through aromatics or the final sauce.

-- If you like a glaze rather than a slightly thick sauce, you can omit the cornstarch that is often recommended in classic Chinese recipes. Instead, make sure that your sauce will have some flavor and substance so that when it is reduced it will form a glaze.

-- If you're using nuts, you can "toast" them right in a dry hot wok for a couple of minutes.

-- If you still need to finish cooking the stir-fried dish, add a bit of broth, cover the wok and reduce the heat.

-- Don't be afraid to be adventurous when thinking stir-fry. What about a stir-fry of vegetables with cooked pasta thrown in at the last minute; or, instead of putting fajita ingredients on the griddle, think how good they would be quickly tossed together in the wok

You'll love this fast and incredibly flavorful stir-fry. The secret to the great ginger flavor is to stir-fry part of the minced ginger and then add the remaining ginger right at the end with the sauce ingredients. This is a jumping off place for you to make up your own stir-fry based on this idea. This marinade works great with chicken or flank steak. Vary the vegetables and create your own signature stir-fry. Serve this with steamed rice.

Stir-Fried Garlic Shrimp with Snow Peas

Serves 4-6


2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon minced ginger

2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined and tail removed


1/4 cup dry sherry or rice wine

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sugar

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup water

Dash of chili oil

3 tablespoons peanut oil

1/2 pound snow peas, cleaned

2 tablespoons minced ginger

1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Add the shrimp and coat the shrimp evenly with the marinade. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

2. Make the sauce: Combine all ingredients and mix to combine. Reserve.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or a deep round sided pan on high heat. Add the shrimp, snow peas and 1 tablespoon of minced ginger, and toss rapidly every 15-20 seconds, pushing the shrimp up the sides of the pan for maximum contact for about 1-2 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.

4. Add the sauce ingredients, remaining tablespoon of ginger and a dash of chili oil, and cook another minute or until the sauce is slightly thickened. Serve over steamed white rice immediately.

Advance preparation: Have all the ingredients measured out and make sure the rice is steaming.


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