It may be the beginning of July, but in Maine we are just wrapping up our Spring-like weather. My garden is still in Spring mode with loads and loads of peas, so the menu has been dominated by snow and shelling peas. Every year I promise myself I’ll plant more so I have some to preserve for those long winter months, but every year they seem to disappear all too quickly. This is year no exception, so I am deciding to be content with the bounty I have now.
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For this recipe, I am using some of the snow peas I harvested earlier in the day. Snow peas are the fully edible flat peas that you often see packaged in your produce section, they are slightly different than sugar snap peas in these are harvested well before they start to plump up. The delicate nature and taste of these peas make them the perfect addition to any stir fry or even pasta dish–just cook them in your wok for about 2 minutes and then add back into the recipe at the end. (The wok I have pictured here is my absolute favorite! I’ve gone through 2 cheaper versions and found that this one is the best!) When they cook up snow peas turn a beautiful bright green which is an added a pop of color to your dishes!
As it has been a little warm out this week, I didn’t want to warm up the house much so this quick and easy meal was perfect for my dinner! I generally use a rice cooker once a week to cook up a whole batch of rice to use which is what I did for this dinner, then what I didn’t use goes into the frig for Fried Rice, Mexican rice, stuffed pepper filler, etc for the rest of the week. Once the rice was done, it took less than 10 minutes to put the rest together. Truly a dinner in a snap!
Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry
1 lb Shrimp, raw, shelled and de-veined (buy it like this!)
2 C Snow Peas (or more if you have them!)
1 T Olive Oil
1/4 C Soy Sauce, low sodium
1 T Hoisin Sauce
2 T Corn Starch
1-2 T Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
1-2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 T Ginger, minced
Ground Pepper to taste (optional)
- In a skillet or wok, heat olive oil on medium to medium high heat until hot, then add peas.
- Cook peas for approximately 2 minutes or until peas are bright green and cooked to desired texture
- Remove peas from pan.
- Add shrimp to pan and cook 2-3 minutes per side or until pink and cooked through (you may want to add some pepper to the shrimp at this point).
- While shrimp is cooking, in a separate bowl, mix together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, corn starch, red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger until corn starch is not lumpy. (If you want a more runny sauce, add more soy sauce–just be sure it’s low sodium or you run the risk of making the dish entirely too salty.)
- When shrimp is done, add peas back into the pan, and add sauce to pan. Stir and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce is reduced slightly and peas and shrimp are coated.
- Plate on a bed of cooked rice, and enjoy!
Want something to go alongside your Shrimp and Snow Pea Stir Fry? Try our Baked Crab Rangoon!