Green Beans & mushrooms lightly fried, brined shrimp quickly seared, then coat it all with a rich Asian sauce. A fast & easy recipe for Asian Shrimp.
Asian Shrimp with Mushrooms and Green Beans
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Everyone needs a quick go-to meal for a “healthy-ish” dish that can be made quickly without fore-planing or thought. This Asian shrimp is that dish. In less than twenty minutes you’ve got a delicious and filling meal that leaves you smiling with a happy belly.
Don’t hate on me for this…
So I am about to make a major cultural faux pas I’m sure, but just know that I know there is a difference between Chinese and Japanese cultures, and then don’t hate on me! Or do; doesn’t really matter. However, I’d prefer you don’t.
The thing of the matter is this: I can’t eat Asian food without a quick minute down memory lane to my awesome skills as a ninja…
Dear Reader, did I ever tell you I know karate? For real! I am a yellow belt in Karate.
Now if any of you are trained in such things then you know a yellow belt doesn’t take much to achieve. However, if you are not trained then skip over that last sentence and continue thinking to yourself:
“Wow! This girl is so super amazing at everything!”
It’s true; I know Karate. I am Awesome Sauce! (Speaking of “awesome sauce”; the sauce on this Asian shrimp is spectacular!). Hahaha!
Dancing for a good grade
When I was in college, one semester I realized I needed a lot of Physical Education credits. I took classes in:
- Rock climbing (an easy A for me because I’d been doing it for years, although to be honest; I totally acted like a newbie because I thought a boy in the class was “cute” and really wanted him to partner with me, which I didn’t think he would do if he knew I was significantly better than him! LOL. Palm slap to forehead! Note to self: Never shortchange yourself for a dude!).
- Yoga (a not easy A because I have a terrible time being quiet!)
- Volleyball (yet another easy A because I played in high-school and the teacher underestimated me because I am so darn short. Haha!)
- Hip Hop Dance (Hahaha!!!! I was terrible!)
- and, Karate (Wait for it…)
Y’all I am a terrible dancer! Seriously, terrible.
Reader, at this point you are probably wondering why I am telling you I am a terrible dancer.
- For one thing, I already said so,
- then there’s the fact that this is supposed to be about Asian Shrimp (getting there!),
- and finally; wasn’t I talking about karate?
Here’s the story:
It just so turns out that I am actually (as unimaginable as it may be) worse at karate then I am at dancing. Ha! Well, the thing of the matter is that I am not a violent person and I had a struggle with hitting my companions. Except for one creeper of a guy that I thoroughly enjoyed hitting.
Anyway, our finals were coming up when I realized I may have a hard time keeping my 4.0 GPA if I didn’t do something about it.
My teacher announced that the tests would have some big name karate people there to observe. He asked if anyone wanted to do a demonstration during any of the breaks between rounds; for extra credit towards their grade.
Of course I was one of those who volunteered!
The problem (for my teacher that is) is that I had no idea what a karate “demonstration” was. I google searched it and learned that all I had to do was show the different moves I had learned that semester (Well, anyway that was close enough to what it was).
So, I added them to music of course! And then to take things up a notch; I asked my younger sister and one of my best friend’s to join me as my “back-up dancer’s” for the “demonstration”. We spent one evening of me teaching them everything I had learned in an entire semester of karate. You can bet their technique was awful! Haha!
And then we did our “demonstration”. We totally rocked it.
My poor teacher!!! Hahaha! He looked like he would die of embarrassment.
However, I did do a demonstration, and therefore got an A!
Speaking of “A”s: This Asian Shrimp recipe deserves a double A+!!!
Recipe for Asian Shrimp:
- 3-4 cups Shrimp
- 5 cups Water, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Salt
- Vegetable Oil
- 1 teaspoon Garlic
- 2 cups Green Beans, ends snipped
- 1 cup Mushrooms, sliced
- 4 teaspoons Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Sirachi
- 1 Tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until it's time to be used.
- Combine the water and salt and stir it well. Then add the shrimp and let it marinate for 10 minutes. Then drain and rinse.
- While the shrimp is marinating, add a small amount of oil to the bottom of a large frying pan. Be sure it shallowly covers the whole bottom of the pan.
- Over Med-high-High heat, let the oil get hot.
- Once it is hot, add the garlic, mushrooms and green beans.
- Let the vegetables lightly fry until slightly wrinkled.
- Add the shrimp and let it all cook while stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes (the shrimp should be turning pink).
- Add the sauce and cook for 1 more minute.
- Serve over rice :).
Be a love and share this lovely meal with friends and family!