Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry in Garlic Sauce

  1. Prepare the Shrimp:
    • Peel and devein the shrimp if not already done. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Broccoli:
    • Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets. If using the stems, peel and slice them thinly.
  3. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chicken broth (or water), oyster sauce, rice vinegar, honey (or brown sugar), and cornstarch until smooth. Add red pepper flakes if using.
  1. Blanch the Broccoli:
    • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and blanch for 2-3 minutes until bright green and slightly tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the Shrimp:
    • Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable or sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Stir-Fry the Vegetables:
    • In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger (if using), and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
    • Add the blanched broccoli (and sliced red bell pepper if using) to the skillet. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  4. Combine and Cook:
    • Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet. Pour the prepared garlic sauce over the shrimp and vegetables.
    • Stir well to coat everything evenly. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens and everything is heated through.

Chapter 4: Serving and Enjoying

  1. Serve Hot:
    • Transfer the shrimp and broccoli stir-fry to a serving dish. Serve it hot, garnished with sesame seeds or chopped green onions if desired.
  2. Pairing Suggestions:
    • Serve the stir-fry over steamed rice, quinoa, or noodles for a complete meal. For a low-carb option, try serving it over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.

Chapter 5: Tips for Success

  1. Even Cooking: Ensure the shrimp are of similar size for even cooking.
  2. Blanch Broccoli: Blanching the broccoli helps maintain its bright color and crisp-tender texture.
  3. Quick Cooking: Stir-frying is a quick cooking method, so have all ingredients prepped and ready before you start.
  4. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more soy sauce for saltiness, honey for sweetness, or red pepper flakes for heat.