Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy

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Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy

Before the holidays, I ate SO many cookies. Too many cookies. I was feeling a bit sluggish and vowed to eat super healthy at the beginning of the year. Basically, like everyone else in the world lol. But then I went to Peru and drank the water (from a glass of chicha that wasn’t boiled) and couldn’t eat for nearly a week and a half. When I returned this Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy was in order!

Bok choy

Most of the time—especially during the week—I want something FAST.This dish is it! It comes together in literally under an hour. The cooking takes about 30 minutes. It’s from A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. There are tons of recipes I want to try. This one popped out at me because it was something I could see myself making over and over and over.

I love dishes like that!

Bok Choy

How This Recipe Starts!

This one begins with marinating the shrimp for about 30 minutes to an hour. You can even do this in the morning before you leave for work. The bok choy is super delicious and fresh tasting and all it takes is a bit of slicing the ends off and that’s it.

I served this with warm rice because rice will forever be a great love of mine. YAS: Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy!!

Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy

If you like, serve it with some quinoa or brown rice or simply just eat the shrimp with bok choy. Also be sure to check out Cynthia’s book because there are SO many good looking recipes.

Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy

Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy

And if you know me, you know that my favorite stir-fry of all time is Lomo Saltado, a Peruvian recipe. I need to make that for the blog! Phew. But this Squash Saltado is a a vegan option that is really, really delicious!

Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlicky Bok Choy

5 from 1 vote
30 Minute Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with 5-Minute Garlicky Bok Choy is the perfect healthy weeknight meal.
CourseMain Course
Keywordbok choy, bok choy recipe, gluten-free stir-fry, healthy stir fry, shrimp stir fry, shrimp stir fry recipe, shrimp stir fry vegetables, stir-fry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 4 people
Calories: 212kcal


Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (tail on, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine, dry sherry or sake , (I used rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 to 2 cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions (from 2 to 3 scallions), plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup green peas (if frozen, thawed to room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinkiang black vinegar (or rice wine vinegar)

Garlicky Bok Choy

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or other neutral oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby bok choy (6 to 8 bunches), ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock


To Make the Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry

  • In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, rice wine, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper, and stir until ingredients are thoroughly distributed. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the mixture and stir again until evenly coated. Cover and marinated in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • In a large wok or skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high heat until shimmering and very hot. Add the scallions and cook briefly, just until fragrant, 20 to 30 seconds. Add the shrimp--the wok should sizzle loudly--and cook, tossing with a spatula every so often, until the shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and add the peas, chili garlic paste, and vinegar (if using). Stir to incorporate, and serve immediately. 

To Make the Garlicky Bok Choy

  • In a large wok or skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high until shimmering and very hot. Add the garlic and cook briefly, just until fragrant, 30 seconds or less. Add the bok choy--it shoudl sizzle very loudly as it hits the oil. Sauté briefly, tossing the bok choy vigorously, until evenly coated in oil. 
  • Add the chicken stock, reduce the heat to low, and cover. Let steam until the bok choy steams are tender and the leaves are dark green and wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and serve hot, with rice. 


Could this work with chicken? 
Yes, absolutely. I recommend to chop up chicken thighs or breast into cube-sized bites, combine it with the marinade recipe above. And cook in a few teaspoons of oil for for about 10 to 12 minutes. It would be delicious. 
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    Reply Celia Becker January 11, 2019 at 7:56 am

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    Glad you’re feeling better. I used to do business in Peru & Chile and got what they termed “Chileinitis” a couple of times, NOT FUN! I feel your pain. Ginger is always good for what ails us, trying this recipe soon.

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    Reply Mrs Mayhall January 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

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    Made this tonight and it was so good. Light, but filling. Peas are sublime. Cut in half (except the garlic) with great success. Highly recommend!

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    Reply Punam Paul January 16, 2019 at 2:58 am

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    Really a quick, easy and delicious recipe for winter dinner. Totally fond of your recipe.

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    Reply Kate April 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm

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    Made this yesterday, and it was happily eaten by both a toddler and a 9-month-old. With coconut rice. We loved it!

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