Friday, August 27, 2010

Asian Rice Salad with Shrimp

Last night, I tried a new recipe. I think I like it. I misread the recipe and made 2c of rice instead of 2c of cooked rice so I had a TON of extra rice though I don't think I used enough in the recipe. Also, I would only use 3-4 scallions. A whole bunch was way too many, and I love the taste of scallions, onions, and the like. I added chow mein noodles instead of crushed peanuts, too. The crunch and color is a nice touch either way. I brought leftovers for lunch, and I'll probably eat again for dinner. It would feed 4, I think, regularly. You can find the recipe for Asian Rice Salad with Shrimp if you click here.

Asian Rice Salad with Shrimp
Ingredients2 cloves garlic, minced
1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Pinch of sugar
3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined and halved lengthwise
1 large carrot, shredded
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 cups snow peas, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups cooked white or brown rice
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup chow mein noodles and/or chopped peanuts

Whisk the garlic, ginger, sesame oil, vinegar, soy sauce and sugar in a large bowl. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the dressing to a medium bowl, add the shrimp and toss. Add the carrot, celery and snow peas to the remaining dressing and toss.

Heat a large skillet over high heat and add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until they turn pink, 3 to 4 minutes, then transfer to the bowl with the vegetables. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons water to the skillet and scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spoon, then add the liquid to the bowl with the shrimp. Let the skillet reheat, then add the remaining 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and stir-fry the rice until toasted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Add the rice and scallions to the shrimp-vegetable mixture and toss. Divide among bowls and top with the lettuce, sprouts, chow mein noodles and/or peanuts.

Photograph by Kate Sears

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