Ginger Shrimp + Snow Peas

With a little over a month left of summer (37 days to be exact, but who’s counting?), the heat has picked up significantly in LA, and seems like these warmer days are gonna stick around for a bit. That means quick-to-make meals and as little heat in the kitchen as possible. That’s where this ginger shrimp + snow pea stir-fry comes in handy.

Shrimp makes for a great addition to stir-fry eats, but it's easy to overcook–causing a rubber-like texture. Solution: Ever try quick brining your shrimp to mitigate that unpleasant texture? Keep reading.

In short, brining is a salt-water solution that unfolds + unravels proteins–causing increased tenderness and retains moisture. For this recipe, it’s a simple added step, but you'll notice the difference after taking the first bite.

Don’t be alarmed by the amount of salt used in the brine, you will rinse the shrimp before adding it to the wok, also, most of the sodium is not absorbed in the brininng process–I'm trying to give you silky + smooth shrimp, here.

Effortful Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins Servings: 2-3

You Need Brine

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 lb large shrimp, deveined, shells optional

Stir Fry

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil, 1 tsp addtl. if needed*
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ⅔ cup cup chicken broth
  • 3 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 ¼ tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp white pepper
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 6 ounces snow peas, strings removed

Do It

  1. Combine water, kosher salt in a large bowl and stir until salt has dissolved. Add shrimp in a bowl and let stand for 5 mins. (can work on next step while waiting for shrimp)
  2. Rinse under cold water and dry on paper towels
  3. While waiting for shrimp, add avocado oil, soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, sugar, white pepper, and red chili flakes to a bowl and whisk to mix ingredients well.
  4. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add shrimp and cook for 30 secs on each side (don’t worry, shrimp will continue to cook as you add ingredients).
  5. Add garlic and ginger and stir continuously for 1 min. If needed, add an additional 1 tsp of oil to the pan.
  6. Add snow peas and stir-fry for 1 min longer.
  7. Add sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Cook until shrimp are cooked through.

Enjoy over steamed jasmine rice.