The classic Chinese way to clean shrimp and ensure a succulent flavor and crisp texture, says Grace Young, author of “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge,” is to use a combination of salt and water, either dousing the shrimp in two rinses of heavily salted water or rubbing the shrimp with salt, then rinsing with water. If you don’t eat salt, then just rinse the shrimp with plain water. I recommend bunch spinach for this; you don’t have to stem it, just cut away the base of the leaves and rinse well. Featured in: The Taste Of Spring, By The Bunch Or Bag: Indian Tofu With Spinach.This private recipe can be shared with this url.
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Place the shrimp in a large colander and rinse with water. Sprinkle generously with salt and toss together for about a minute. Rinse with water and repeat. After rinsing one more time, drain on paper towels. Pat dry with more paper towels.
Combine 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste) and the sugar in a small bowl and place close to your wok.
Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and swirling the pan, then add the garlic, ginger and chili flakes and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Push to the sides of the pan and add the shrimp in one layer. Let cook undisturbed for 1 minute, then add the remaining oil and stir-fry for 1 minute.
Add the sesame seeds and spinach and stir-fry for 1 minute, until it has begun to wilt but the wilting is still uneven. Add the salt and sugar, sprinkling it evenly over the spinach, and continue to stir-fry until the spinach has wilted but is still bright and the shrimp are cooked through and bright pink, about 2 more minutes. Remove from the heat, drizzle on the sesame oil, toss together and serve, with rice, noodles or other grains.
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|Serving Size: 1 (174g)|
|Recipe Makes: 3 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 105 (40%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 11.6g||16 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.8g||9 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 4.9g|
|Cholesterol 229.8mg||71 %|
|Sodium 1437mg||50 %|
|Potassium 355.6mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 5.5g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||6 %|
|Sugars, other 3.9g|
|Protein 33g||47 %|
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Calories per serving: 261
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