When it comes to quick and flavorful proteins, shrimp pretty much wins in all categories. It innately has a delicious, sweet flavor, but easily transforms and adapts to a range of different flavor profiles.
But it’s best quality by far is that it takes just minutes to cook, making it the perfect weeknight go-to. This dish combines a gorgeous sauce with fresh ginger and garlic, which coats the shrimp and perfectly crisp vegetables. While a standard jasmine rice will certainly do the trick, we’ve upped the flavor by infusing the rice with some of the same aromatics in the sauce. It’s a game changer, and we’ll apologize in advance if you’re now unable to eat rice any other way.
Easy Shrimp Stir-Fry with Ginger Rice
Start to finish: 35 minutes
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp grated fresh ginger, divided
4 tsp finely chopped garlic, divided
1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed strings, strings removed
3 baby red bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
3 baby yellow bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
1 pound extra-large (16/20 count) peeled, deveined raw shrimp
Sliced green onion, optional
Black sesame seeds, toasted, optional
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon grated ginger and 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, and sauté until fragrant. Add the rice, and stir to coat, letting it gently toast, about 3 minutes. Add the water and a pinch of kosher salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring once; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.
- In a large nonstick skillet, warm the vegetable oil over medium-high. Add the sugar snap peas and bell peppers, and sauté until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and cook just until pink, about 2 minutes. Add remaining ginger and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the sauce; remove from heat.
- Fluff the rice and divide among 4 bowls. Top with the stir-fry, and garnish with the green onions and toasted sesame seeds.