Easy Shrimp Stir Fry
I think one of the biggest hurdles for people in committing to the act of “making dinner” is feeling like that needs to mean a spectacular main dish, a complicated salad with home made dressing, and a fabulously prepared side (or two). Not so! Not so at all. There are tons of easy, one pot or one pan recipes that give you your protein, veggies and fat all in one dish.
I admit I tend to shy away from stir frys for that reason. I always think, yeah, it’s got all the components – but will ONE bowl of something really fill me up at dinner time?
Every time I make this stir fry, I immediately make a mental note to start doing them once or twice a week. They take less than 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish, and it’s so easy to incorporate any ingredients that you have left over or about to go bad in your fridge.
Now maybe I should get a wok and get all fancy? Can anyone explain to me when I went to go write wok just now my fingers typed out fox? How are fox and wok even remotely related? It’s 4:42. Might be time for a mother’s helper. Oh wait, I’m not a mother. and it’s sober January. Cool. So, yeah. Make this stir fry.
EASY SHRIMP STIR FRY
1lb shrimp, peeled & deveined – if you buy frozen, no problem, but let it thaw first
**if you buy your shrimp already cooked, but frozen, thaw and follow different instructions below (I do this sometimes as a time saver)**
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 small zucchinis, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 large handfuls of cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tsp coriander
1 lime, salt & pepper for garnish
- In a large skillet, heat up some cooking fat (butter, ghee, coconut oil, etc) over medium-high heat. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and cook until the onion starts to brown, about 3-4 mins. Season with some salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, cilantro and zucchini and stir well. Cook until the veggies are fork tender, about 5 minutes.
- On a separate plate, sprinkle the shrimp with coriander, salt and pepper.
- If your shrimp was PRE-COOKED, at this point you can just throw your shrimp into the stir fry, and combine until the shrimp is warmed through, appx 2 mins.
- If your shrimp is RAW – place the shrimp into the stir fry and combine. Cook the shrimp for appx. 2 mins per side, or until the shrimp curl up tightly and you don’t see any more pink!
- Serve the stir fry with a squeeze of fresh lime, and a dash of extra cilantro!