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When you need a tasty dinner on the table in a hurry, this shrimp and broccoli stir fry is a great option. It takes minutes to prep, it’s quick to cook and it’s perfect for a well balanced and healthy family meal. Cooked in a flavorful soy sauce mix, and served over rice or noodles.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Shrimp: Peel and devein the shrimp before seasoning and cooking. Shrimp only requires a short cooking time, so it’s a great option for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
- Broccoli: Broccoli florets are quickly stir fried so they still retain their crunchy texture. Asparagus would also work great in this recipe.
- Sauce: The stir fry sauce is made with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, sriracha. cornstarch, garlic, ginger and lime juice. Free free to use a store-bought one to make the recipe quicker.
- Green Onions: Green onions add a nice freshness, some are stir fried and then the dish is garnished with the rest. You can use a diced onion that you cook with the broccoli if you don’t have green onions.
How to make shrimp & Broccoli Stir fry
- Place the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
- Whisk together until combined and set aside.
- Cook the broccoli for a few minutes, then add the shrimp.
- Cook until the shrimp is pink and opaque in color.
- Pour in the stir fry sauce.
- Stir to coat and cook until the sauce has thickened.
Tips for making stir fry
- Stir fry the vegetables on a high heat. The broccoli will stay a bright green color and keep a crunchy texture. If cooked on a lower heat they will be softer with a mushy texture.
- Pat the shrimp dry before seasoning. By removing the excess water, they will sear and brown more easily and won’t have a soggy texture.
- Don’t crowd the pan when cooking. Use your largest wok or skillet for this recipe. If the ingredients are overlapped, they will steam rather than sear, so they’ll be soft rather than crunchy.
- Mix up your vegetables. Stir fries are a great recipe to use up veggies you have left in your fridge. Bell peppers, asparagus and carrots are all great additions.
Frequently asked questions
Stir fries are a great dinner option as they are so quick to prep and cook, and are best served straight away so that it’s nice and fresh. If you do have leftovers, they will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days and can be reheated on the stovetop to serve.
When it comes to seafood, we prefer to frozen because it’s not only more convenient but in many cases it’s more fresh than fresh shrimp! Just thaw them thoroughly and pat them dry to remove as much excess moisture as possible before seasoning and cooking.
Stir fries are always a great option after a long day! Quick to prep with a few fresh ingredients, and the stir fry sauce is perfectly delicious with just the hint of spice.
More shrimp recipes:
- Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles
- Shrimp Fried Rice
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
- Chili Lime Shrimp
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Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry
For the Sauce
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, Sriracha, cornstarch, garlic, ginger and lime juice.
- Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add broccoli and scallions (saving some for serving), and cook, until lightly charred, 2-3 minutes.
- Lower the heat to medium high, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimps are pink and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add soy sauce mixture and toss with the shrimp, broccoli and green onions. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with reserved scallions. Serve over brown rice immediately.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.