Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions

  • Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions is a perfect go-to dish for a busy household.

    Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions is a perfect go-to dish for a busy household. Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post

Posted10/11/2017 5:40 AM

1½ pounds large, peeled and deveined shrimp

One 2-inch knob fresh ginger root


3 cloves garlic

5 scallions

2 large egg whites

1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons cornstarch

½ cup ketchup

½ cup no-salt-added chicken broth

1 tablespoon sugar

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

½ cup canola oil

½ cup packed fresh cilantro

Cooked white or brown rice, for serving

If the shrimp still have tail shells, peel and discard them, and place the shrimp in a mixing bowl.

Peel the ginger and mince it. Cut the garlic into thin slices. Trim the scallions, then finely chop the white and light-green parts (to yield about ½ cup). Crack the egg whites into a small bowl, reserving the yolks for another use, if desired.

Add the ginger, garlic, egg whites, the crushed red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch to the shrimp; use your clean hands to toss so that they are well coated.

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Whisk together the ketchup, broth, sugar, salt, pepper and the remaining teaspoon of cornstarch in a liquid measuring cup until well incorporated.

Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Once the oil starts to sputter, add the shrimp and stir-fry for about 1 minute, until the shrimp start to turn pink and get a bit crisped on some edges.

Stir in the ketchup mixture; cook for about 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are just cooked through. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat.

Coarsely chop the cilantro and toss it in. Serve right away, over rice.

Serves 4

Nutrition | Per serving: 460 calories, 37 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 29 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 275 mg cholesterol, 930 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 10 g sugar

Adapted from "Myers + Chang at Home: Recipes From the Beloved Boston Eatery," by Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017).

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