I have been a chef and cooking instructor for many years and I always get asked what my absolute favorite type of food is and what I most love to teach.
The answer is ALWAYS and unequivocally, Asian – all Asian. I know it’s an entire continent full of nuanced flavors but I happily dive into every detail, country-by-country and region-by-region.
Not only is Asian food the most craveable for me, but also where I feel both the most challenged and the most creative as a chef.
I created this sauce with depth of flavor and ease in mind.
The perfect marriage of sweet, salty and tangy goodness. The “magic” in the sauce is that my kids (and hopefully yours) will magically eat every vegetable cooked in it!
Shrimp and Broccoli
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, butterflied and deveined (cut deeply down the spine of the shrimp)
About 8 c. or 2 heads of fresh broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
1 T. Coconut or vegetable oil
1 c. water
4 c. cooked Jasmine rice for serving
Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion (optional)
In a 12-inch (nothing smaller but can be bigger) non-stick sauté pan with a lid, bring the cup of water to a boil. Add the broccoli, cover and wait until it turns bright green (about a minute).
Toss the broccoli into a colander and douse with cold water to stop from cooking and lock in the color. Set aside.
Wipe pan and return to heat. Add oil, swirl and add shrimp, cooking until they turn pink and curl.
Add broccoli until just warmed through (about 1-2 minutes – don’t overcook the broccoli, you want it crunchy and bright green)
Add sauce and mix until it thickens. Taste to make sure everything is heated through.
Serve immediately with steamed Jasmine rice and garnished with sesame seeds and green onion (if using).
Easy but much more healthy "Chinese take-out" flavors at your fingertips for any meal - substitute chicken, beef, tofu or any fresh veggies any night, making YOU the family magician!
I believe cooking and eating should not be a source of anxiety in your life. It is the simplest of pleasures and should, at its core, remain simple.