Gluten Free Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

Easy stir fry meals like this one are a mainstay of busy weeknights.  In this dish, bright colorful veggies and beautiful jumbo shrimp come together in an Asian inspired sauce.  We love shrimp and I am always excited to buy the big, 2 lb. bag as it is both convenient and economical.  Typically the shrimp have already been deveined, so all that remains is to peel before cooking.  Completely gluten free, I used coconut aminos to keep the recipe lower in sodium and also made a very small amount of rice as we are watching carbs.  If salt is not a concern you can use all tamari, and of course you can adjust the rice serving for larger families (and appetites).

4 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. frozen jumbo shrimp (21/25 count per pound)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/3 cup white rice
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions sliced thin, divided use
  • gluten free tortilla strips

For the sauce:

Preparation:

Toast the sesame seeds in a small nonstick sauce pan and set aside.  Prep the veggies and cook the rice according to package directions.

If your shrimp are frozen, just run them under cool water for a minute then peel, leaving the tails on.

Whisk together the sauce ingredients.

Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium low.  Add the bell pepper, carrots and snow peas.  Cook the veggies for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 2 minutes longer, or just until they turn pink.

Pour the sauce over the shrimp and veggies, along with half of the scallions and cook several minutes longer.  As the sauce thickens, stir continuously.  Lower the heat if needed so it doesn’t burn.

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the remaining scallions.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and tortilla strips.

To serve, spoon the shrimp and veggies over the rice with more sesame seeds and tortilla strips.

Notes ♪♫  How much is a half tablespoon?  You won’t have to “eyeball it” with this cool set of magnetized measuring spoons that includes the unusual measures of 1/2 tbsp. and 3/4 tsp. Great when you are making a half recipe or quarter recipe!  Plus they’re magnetized, so they won’t get lost!

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