A healthy stir fry made with shrimp, vegetables, and lots of garlic.
I have found it is easier to shell and de-vein shrimp using kitchen shears. I take the headless shrimp and stick my shears into the center of the head side and cut a line down the middle of the back (where the vein is), then I can pull the vein out and peel the shrimp easily. This is also a great method if you want to leave the shell on but remove the vein.
One thing I will add to my marinade in the future is about 1 tablespoon of oil. I watched an episode of America's Test Kitchen and learned that garlic flavors are oil soluble so to bring out more flavor from the garlic in a marinade add some oil.
recipe from about.com Thai food
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 head broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1 red onion, chopped
1 carrot, julliened
1/4 lb shredded bamboo shoots (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tbsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2-4 Tbsp oyster sauce
4 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about 2 lime)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 red chillies, minced (more or less depending on your tastes)
1 head of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp dried shrimp, optional (I just added them because I have them and I could)
Mix the marinade ingredients and pour over the shrimp in a resealable bag. Mix the shrimp and marinade well, then, refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients (the vegetables I used are just what I like and can get easily feel free to use anything you like or have on hand).
When ready, heat a large fry pan or wok over medium heat. When pan is hot, add vegetable oil (about 1 Tbsp) then the broccoli, onions, and carrot. Stirfry until vegetables are slightly tender (if the pan is hot enough this should only take a few minutes or less). Next, mix in the bamboo shoots and finally the shrimp and their marinade sauce. Mix around until shrimp are pink and cooked. You may want to add up to 1/2 cup of water depending on how dry it looks and how much sauce you like. Once shrimp are cooked (should be very quick, just a few minutes), remove from heat. Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro or green onions. You may also serve with lime wedges, fresh jalapeno, and some Thai basil if you like. Serves 4. Enjoy.