It's summertime here in Virginia, which means the days are hot and packed full of activity, leaving little time (or energy) for cooking. That's when a recipe like this is perfect - it's packed full of bold flavor and takes just minutes to make. Seriously, it comes together so fast, I didn't have time to take photos along the way!
Sweet and Spicy Garlic Shrimp
makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
1 pound fresh or thawed shrimp, peeled and deveined (21/25 size)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger (or ginger paste)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more!)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Sriracha
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 chopped scallions for garnish
Before you begin, have all your ingredients measured out and ready to go.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until it shimmers.
Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and cook in hot oil for 1 minute per side; remove to a plate.
Lower heat to medium and use the same skillet to heat the sesame oil, minced garlic, ginger paste, and crushed red pepper flakes; stir constantly until fragrant (a minute or so).
Immediately add the water, dark brown sugar, sriracha, and soy sauce; stir well to combine.
Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens (about 3 minutes).
Return shrimp to skillet and toss well until heated through. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve over a bed of rice.