Snowed in? No problem. A well-stocked freezer is your answer to a fast and nutritious dinner – any night of the week.
Today I’m sharing my Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry but you could also toss shrimp with whole wheat spaghetti, spinach, garlic and a little olive oil for a quick and easy meal. Of course, I also love it as prepared in my Shrimp Soba Noodles in Peanut Sauce.
Frozen shrimp is only 60 calories per serving and a nice change of pace from the usual chicken breast. The best part? They are easy to defrost – all you do is soak them in cold water for 7-10 minutes and you are well on your way to a quick meal.
I love to make a stir fry at the end of the week to clean out the refrigerator. Chop up any veggies you have on hand – peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, green beans, asparagus, cauliflower – the options are endless.
Serve with a little brown rice and scallions to round out the meal or you could toast up some nori seaweed sheets and use that in lieu of a fork.
Best Ingredients to Keep On Hand for Asian Cooking?
- Soy Sauce or Tamari
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Rice Vinegar
- Hoisin Sauce
- Minced Ginger
- Chili Sauce
- Fish Sauce
Check out my guide on Stocking the Pantry for Asian Cooking for more details
Swapping out Shrimp with chicken or beef:
This stir-fry is a very versatile recipe and tastes great with any protein you have on hand including chicken, beef, pork or tofu.
Your chopsticks are waiting.
Chinese Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry
- 1 pound frozen or fresh shrimp (raw in shell or peeled)
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 large onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cloves garlic (grated)
- 2 tablespoons ginger (grated)
- 8 ounces shitake mushrooms (thinly sliced)
- 6 cups broccoli (chopped into florets)
- 1/3 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
- Whisk together egg whites and corn starch then pour over defrosted shrimp. Mix well to coat and set aside.
- Heat a large wok or deep saute pan over high heat for a couple of minutes to warm up.
- Spray with non-stick spray and add shrimp.
- Toss frequently for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp are pink.
- Remove from pan and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in the same pan, add onion, salt, and pepper. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Add ginger and garlic and saute an additional 30 seconds.
- Toss in mushrooms and saute 2 minutes.
- Add chopped broccoli and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then cover with a tight lid to let steam for 3-4 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce, chili garlic paste, and sesame oil.
- Add sauce to the pan along with shrimp and stir fry 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is warmed through.
- Serve with brown rice and scallions.
Can I Swap Out Shrimp with Chicken or Beef?Absolutely! This stir-fry is a very versatile recipe and tastes great with any protein you have on hand including chicken, beef, pork or tofu.
Find more healthy and easy dinner recipes on my Pinterest!