Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-fry

Ingredients:
Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flackes, or favorite hot sauce (such as Tabasco or sriracha)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated ginger or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil (optional)

Stir Fry

  • 1 lb. large, peeled raw shrimp
  • 4 large cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb. asparagus, woody ends removed, sliced in half lengthwise and sliced in half again
  • 6 oz. Portobello or shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Combine shrimp, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium bowl. stir to evenly mix and refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.
  2. When ready to prepare, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pepper, onion and mushrooms. Stir-fry about 5 minutes, or until nearly tender. Add the asparagus and 1 tablestpoon of the sauce. Stir-fry 5 to 6 minutes longer or until asparagus is fork tender. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the wok and add the shrimp-garlic mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes or until the shrimp is just cooked through (pink) and the garlic is aromatic. Return the vegetables to the pan and drizzle the remaining sauce (and optional sesame oil) over the vegetables, tossing quickly to mix and heat through. Serve over rice or tofu.

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