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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shrimp in Garlic & Chile Sauce

I always keep a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer. It's great to break out a few just for a simple meal for myself, or the entire bag to serve to a bigger crowd. In Chinese culture, one is to eat shrimp for happiness and well-being. You don't have to ask me twice...I like both of those things! This is a great alternative to Chinese delivery, and I can definitely promise no MSG from this meal.

1/2 cup chicken broth
2 t. cornstarch
1 t. sugar
2 t. Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine for cooking)
2 t. soy sauce
1/4 t. pepper
1 T. vegetable oil
1.5 lbs of shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 T. minced garlic
1 1/2 t. minced fresh ginger
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 t. sesame oil
rice (for serving)

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Heat a skillet over high heat and add oil. Next, add the shrimp and cook 1 minute. Add garlic, ginger and jalapeno and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in broth mixture and coo 1 minute or until shrimp are done and sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in green onions and sesame oil. Serve over rice.

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