Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Garlic Ginger Shrimp or Chicken

The other day I found a bag of shrimp in my freezer that needed to be used and My kids and hubbby wanted fried rice and eggs rolls so I went on the hunt for a good shrimp dish to go along with our Chinese theme. I found this recipe on pinterest. They used chicken but I decided to swap in the shrimp. It turned out so good. It was awesome and even my husband ate it and he dislikes shrimp or fish most of the time. I happen to love all seafood but rarely cook with it because of him. Anyway this recipe was perfectly sweet and spicey and paired well with rice and the eggs rolls we ate. Go give this recipe a try despite my horrible picture of it. I had to take the picture the second day because I didn't have enough natural light the night before. You can use chicken or shrimp.
Crispy Giner Shrimp
1 lb bag of small uncooked shrimp or 2-3 chicken breast,chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
6 T. cornstarch
1 T. canola oil
1/2 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 T. garlic, minced
1-2 inch piece of ginger grated, we prefer less ginger but us the larger amount if you like a strong ginger flavor
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish if desired

Marinate the chopped chicken or shrimp with a 1/4 cup soy sauce. rice vinegar and salt for at least 30 minutes. Next stir in the egg and the cornstarch and mix well. Heat a deep fryer or enough oil in a wok to cover the chicken or shrimp pieces. When hot add the shrimp/chicken and deep fry 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Meanwhile heat the 1 T. of oil in a skillet. add the garlic, ginger, and red chili flakes and cook until fragrant and tender, stir often so you don't burn the garlic. in a small bowl combine the remaining soy sauce and brown sugar;set aside. Add the cooked chicken or shrimp to the pan with the garlic/ginger mixture and mix to coat all pieces. Add a little bit of your soy sauce/br.sugar mixture and stir to coat all pieces. Don't add too much or the chicken/shrimp will not remain crispy. You can add the soy sauce/ brown sugar to you rice if you like more sauce. Serve over rice and with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.

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