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. I’m pretty sure I lost weight and now that I’m back to normal, I feel like my lighter and brighter self haha.
Even though losing weight isn’t the my main goal, I still want to eat healthy. And truth is, I do most of the time. Especially since running this blog does require me to be around so many sweets. And like you all, I struggle to make something for dinner. 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 Cynthia’s new book, 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!
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.
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 Garlicky Bok ChoyPrint
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.