Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce

February 15, 2010 · 21 comments

in asian,dairy-free,healthy,quick and easy,seafood

You may remember my post from last year, when I was on a mission to go through my old magazines and save any promising recipes while recycling the rest of the magazine.  Well, what became of that project was actually somewhat miraculous – I wound up with a binder full of recipes, separated by type of food and everything.  I’ve since made about 6 or 7 recipes from the binder (which is 6 more than I ever made when the magazines were sitting in a pile, intact).  It’s great to flip through when I am looking to use something with a particular ingredient, and in this case, the ingredient was shrimp.

This recipe was a winner because I had all the ingredients on hand already; plus it was a good excuse to use use chili paste, which I adore but never remember to use.  The only changes I made were to double the chili paste after realizing it wasn’t quite spicy enough for us, and to add cashews, which I thought were a great addition.  I served this over some brown rice with steamed peapods and it made a nice, healthy, quick meal (well, it would have been much quicker had I not had to spend time cooking brown rice – but of course, that’s easy enough to do).  I will definitely make this recipe again and hopefully this time it won’t take me 3 or 4 years. :)

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce

Serves 2
Adapted from Cooking Light

3/4 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. chili paste, such as sambal oelek
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1/2 Tbsp. minced ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup cashews
3 Tbsp. chopped green onions

Toss shrimp and cornstarch together in a medium bowl.

Whisk together the juice, soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, and chili paste.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add the oil.  Stir-fry the ginger and garlic in the pan about15-30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the shrimp and stir-fry for 3 minutes.  Add the sauce, onions, and cashews, and stir-fry until shrimp is cooked through and sauce has thickened, about 2 more minutes.

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Cara February 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

sounds delish! and you know what I think would make it even more fantastic? These chili-lime cashews from TJ’s which I used to make Branny’s carrot cashew soup.


elly February 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

Oooh I’ve never seen those cashews! I’ll have to give them a try!


Josie February 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’ve got to make this soon – YUM!!


bellini valli February 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

I love Cooking Light so this is right up my alley Elly…right up my alley Elly..that rhymes:D


katie February 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

That dish looks so delicious!!


thecookingnurse February 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

This one’s going on our menu!


Erin February 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

This looks so good! I am definitely going to try it!


Ed Schenk February 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Beautiful looking picture. Shrimp is my favorite!


travelingsisterhood February 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

looks delicious – funny I just planned an Asian inspired dinner for tonight with shrimp and rice.


hwall1018 February 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I have 3 similar binders and I LOVE them. I even print off recipes that I want to try from all of my favorite food blogs (this one will be printed!), that way I don’t have to search through a bunch of websites too. It has helped me quite a bit in menu planning, and it’s so much easier to find what I’m looking for!


A Bowl Of Mush February 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Wow, this shrimp sounds delicious!

I must make this! :)


Peter February 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I’m a fan of all citrus with seafood, yes even orange. I’ve got a case of the yum-yums.


nina February 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Oooo, Elly you are making my mouth water with this. Love the sweet/sour combo and I am sure my family will love it too!!!


Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul February 16, 2010 at 3:06 am

This is very healthy! Love the addition of cashews here and the spicy orange sauce.


nic010205 February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

this sounds fantastic.
I think the cashews would be great- a nice crunch


Megan February 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm

YUM-this looks delicious! I don’t even need to order take-out when I can make this dish so easily at home-can’t wait to try it out!


Kevin February 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

What a tasty way to enjoy some shrimp!


Amy May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I made this a couple of weeks ago and am making it again tonight. So good! Thanks for sharing.


TheSamster December 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

This is amazingly delicious! :) I had it the other night, and then made wraps with it for lunch yesterday. It can be anything and still be so good


Teresa January 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I have had this bookmarked for awhile (apparently, I need to create a binder too!) and I just made it tonight. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I forgot to buy cashews at the grocery store and didn’t really miss them since the shrimp and sauce were so tasty. Next time I definitely want to try adding them in though because I can imagine they’d go really well with it. Thanks for such a yummy recipe!


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