What's for Dinner: Shrimp & Asparagus Stir Fry

shrimp asparagus

Frozen shrimp saves me during the week when I get home too late to think about dinner.

The shrimp defrost so quickly under cold running water and I can either grill them or toss them with a pasta.

Think, think, as I was driving home. What can I do with those frozen shrimp tonight?

I had some asparagus in the fridge, so a stir fy it was going to be.

I used Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce and the world was right again.

Stacey's Easy Stir fry w/ Shrimp & Asparagus:

1 lb. bag of frozen shrimp, defrosted and shells removed (I slice them in half when using the jumbo shrimp)
1 bunch of asparagus, woody stems discarded. Good pieces and tops sliced into 1" pieces on the bias and steamed
peanut oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced or chopped into decent size pieces (not too small or they will burn)
shake or 2 of red pepper flakes (gives it a nice heat)
1/4 cup of Trader Ming's Soyaki or Soy Vey sauce (any Asian marinade that you like)
2 Tbsp of sesame seeds
White rice or Jasmine rice for serving

Note: Here is the easiest and best part of this recipe (besides using bottled Asian sauce).
In a glass bowl, add a little water and steam your asparagus pieces in the microwave for 1 minute on high! They will finish cooking in the skillet.

In a heavy skillet or wok, heat a few tablespoons of oil and saute your garlic until fragrant.

Add the asparagus tips and pieces (make sure you get rid of the water after steaming them) and the hot pepper flakes.

Stir fry the asparagus with garlic about 3 minutes.
Remove the asparagus and garlic to a dish and set aside.

Add a little more oil and saute your shrimp for about 3 minutes until turning pink.

Now add the asparagus back into the pan with the cooked garlic and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Add the sauce and turn heat down to low and simmer one minute.

Serve over white rice and everyone will think you went out for Chinese takeout!



What a great dinner. It really does look like you ordered in! For those of us without Trader Joe's (Canadians), can you compare the flavour to something? Is it just like a thick soy sauce? Sweet?

Stacey Snacks said…
If you can't find Soy Vey (another brand that is similar to Trader Joe's Soyaki), you can make your own marinade/sauce.
I used to make this before I discovered the bottled stuff:

1/2 cup soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
dash of hot pepper flakes
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
kat said…
That looks so good & how quick to put together too. We love Soy Vey
The JR said…
This is exactly the kind of recipe I like. Quick, easy and looks good!
Lori Lynn said…
Simple and tasty! I'm gonna buy that sauce next time I go to TJs.
Foodiewife said…
We share the same 9-1-1 recipe for shrimp. I love this stuff, and always keep a bottle on hand. I saw it (under a different name) at Costco, too. Great recipe, and super tasty I'll bet.
Ann said…
YUM! I love trying to recreate Chinese takeout at home. Will have to try this soon!
A great weeknight dinner - I've got those frozen shrimp in the freezer, and they are calling me home!
Another great use for the bottle of Soyaki I have sitting on the shelf in my fridge, I forgot I even had it! Love anything with shrimp!
Jen_from_NJ said…
I will definitely pick up a bottle of this Soyaki to try. I always have frozen shrimp and Jasmine rice in the house. This will be on the menu sometime this week. Great idea!