Many families are looking for substitutes for red meat. Red meat is higher in calories and fat than other sources of protein, which makes it less ideal for those trying to watch their weight. While you don't have to swear off red meat entirely when trying to eat healthy, lowering your consumption of it isn't a bad idea.
That's where this recipe can come into play. This dish features shrimp as its protein source. Shrimp is much lower in fat and calories compared to red meat, but it still offers a high protein content. This recipe dresses the shrimp up to be truly delicious.
When cooking shrimp, remember the saying: “O means overcooked, C means cooked”. When your shrimp are cooking, watch their shape. Once they form a “C”, they're done cooking. If they begin to form “O” shapes, that means they're overcooking and you should take them off of the heat.
By keeping this little tip in mind, you'll be able to cook your shrimp just right. This sesame shrimp dish is a complete dinner on its own, especially when served over rice as we advise. It's nutritious, delicious, and straightforward. What more could you want out of a recipe?
Sesame Shrimp with Snow Peas and Baby Corn
2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons sherry
1 Tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon dark sesame oil
1½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
2 large scallions, chopped
½ pounds snow peas, trimmed
1 (8 ounce) can baby corn, drained
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 cups cooked white rice
1. Combine the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sherry, honey, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until pink (3-4 minutes), transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
4. To a skillet, add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, ginger, garlic, and scallions. Stir fry 30 seconds.
5. Add the snow peas and baby corn and stir fry until snow peas are bright green, about 3 minutes.
6. Stir in the hoisin mixture and the reserved shrimp.
7. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened (1-2 minutes).
8. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame seeds.
9. Serve over white rice. Makes 4 servings.
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