Posted by: literallydelicious | January 6, 2011

Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are so easy and versatile. We always have cans of stuff in the pantry and celery, onions, and cabbage in the fridge, so we can toss something together without too much trouble.

Sorry, this is one of those however-you-like recipes. Just toss in whatever amounts you like. Even if you’re a first-time cook, you can’t mess it up. 



peanut oil

shrimp, peeled and deveined

onions, red peppers, cabbage, celery, mushrooms, sprouts, bamboo shoots — any veggies you want, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

garlic, salt, pepper and ginger

1-2 teaspoons black bean garlic sauce (I use Lee Kum Lee — this is good if you can get it, but if you can’t,  just add an extra bit of diced garlic or garlic seasoning)

enough garlic ginger sauce to coat the veggies (La Choy’s is great)

diced cilantro and peanuts

optional: fish sauce, soy sauce

rice, noodles, rice noodles, cooked (optional)

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until smoking. Add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut oil. (Peanut oil has a higher smoke point, so you can use it at higher temps without it burning so quickly.)

2. Add shrimp to the skillet; quickly fry and remove from the pan.

3. Add veggies to the pan; stir to coat with oil. Season with garlic, salt, pepper and ginger; cook to desired doneness, stirring frequently.

4. Return the shrimp to the skillet; add black bean garlic sauce and garlic ginger. Stir to coat and heat till hot.

5. Serve with rice, noodles, etc. Garnish with cilantro and  peanuts; season with fish sauce and/or soy sauce if you wish.



  1. Yum, as always!

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