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Easy Shrimp Stir-Fry

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Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

I love shrimp, and I’m always looking for new ways to fix it. This shrimp stir-fry features crunchy peanuts and vegetables with a pleasant hint of ginger. —Josie Smith, Winamac, Indiana
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  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup frozen stir-fry vegetable blend, thawed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts


  1. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir in the soy sauce, garlic powder and ginger; set aside.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil; stir-fry broccoli 2 minutes. Add red pepper and onions; stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes longer. Add the shrimp, vegetable blend and garlic; cook 3 minutes more.
  3. Stir in cornstarch mixture; add the peanuts. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Shrimp Stir-Fry Tips

How can you tell when the shrimp are done cooking?

To know when shrimp is cooked (and safe to eat), watch its color. A perfectly cooked shrimp is firm enough to curl without being constricted, and it has an opaque pink color with a sheen. When it's overcooked, shrimp turns matte white or gray. Another easy way to tell if shrimp is cooked is if it's curled into a nice "C" shape. Overcooked shrimp are curled tightly into an "O" shape. So simply, "C" for cooked, and "O" for overcooked. Easy! (Psst! Do you know how to pick the right type of shrimp for your recipe?)

What else can you put in shrimp stir-fry?

If you want to use fresh veggies instead of frozen, simply add them a little sooner so they'll cook properly. You can also substitute sesame oil for half the olive oil, and add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds alongside the peanuts. You may also stir in chili crisp, Sriracha or your favorite Asian sauce.

What can you serve with shrimp stir-fry?

White rice is a quick and simple side, but if you want to take it up a notch try our Crispy Crab Rangoons.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 273 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 593mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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