Friday, April 13, 2012

Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce

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This shrimp dish was a cinch to make and was perfect for a busy night after work. Since we're getting closer to the wedding, my schedule is slowly filling up, my to-do list keeps growing and my work-outs are getting longer. That makes it hard for me to get a lot of additional things accomplished after work that don't include stamping envelopes or running six miles. I try my hardest, but sometimes I just need a break. So when dinner is a breeze, it makes my life a lot easier.

Shrimp is just about the easiest thing to cook since all you have to do is toss them around in a skillet for a few minutes until they are pink. That's it! The only other component to this meal is measuring out the sauce ingredients and bringing them to a boil. If you can turn on your stove top, this dinner is a done deal for you. Enjoy!

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  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sugar (I used Splenda)
  • 3 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. hot garlic chili sauce
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 4 tsp. cold water
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Combine the first seven ingredients (soy sauce through chili sauce) in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add this sauce mixture to a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil. Let the mixture simmer for 2 minutes.

Stir in the dissolved cornstarch and stir, letting the mixture return to a simmer for about a minute, or until it has become glossy and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Meanwhile, cook fresh green beans according to package directions or in a steamer basket. Set aside when done.

In a large skillet, heat oil until hot. Add the shrimp and cook until pink. Once cooked through, add the string beans. Pour the sauce mixture over top and toss to combine. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

Source: Adapted from Can You Stay For Dinner

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