Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas by SeasonWithSpice.com

Skip the pre-made stir-fry bags at the grocery store with their funny tasting sauces, and cook up a healthy and delicious homemade stir-fry with just a couple of ingredients from the freezer – like jumbo shrimp and sweet peas. 

Along with a few Asian sauces and spices from your pantry, you’ll have this Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas prepped, cooked, and on the table before anyone can ask, “What’s for dinner?”

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

I always have a couple of bags of frozen shrimp and frozen veggies stocked up for whenever I run out of fresh ingredients for stir-fries in the middle of winter.  Just a quick run over with cold water, and they’re ready to cook up for a quick dinner with rice.

Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas by SeasonWithSpice.com

The light sauce for this Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas is made with garlic infused oil, and just a few splashes of mirin (Japanese sweet sake) and toasted sesame oil.  A simple combination that adds a rich, tantalizing aroma and flavor to the dish.  Try the delectable pairing of mirin & toasted sesame oil in some of your other favorite homemade stir-fries as well.

For the seasoning, dash on some white pepper before cooking the shrimp. And then once the dish is ready, generously sprinkle on our Japanese Sesame Seasoning – a crunchy blend of toasted & black sesame seeds, wildcrafted nori flakes, Himalayan pink salt, and Aleppo chili flakes.

Japanese Sesame Seasoning (Gomashio) available at SeasonWithSpice.com

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas stir fry recipe at SeasonWithSpice.com

If you have time, cook up a side of sautéed greens to go along with this Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas.  But if you come home late, like I did when I made this dish, then just enjoy it with a bowl of white or brown rice.

Easy Sesame Shrimp recipe at SeasonWithSpice.com

Easy Sesame Shrimp with Sweet Peas 
by SeasonWithSpice
Serves 2-4

2 tbsp oil
1 lb jumbo raw shrimp – peeled and deveined, if not already
1 tablespoon corn starch (optional)
Dashes of white pepper
3-4 garlic cloves – finely chopped
3/4 cup sweet peas
One or two splashes of mirin, or dry sherry*
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1.5 tablespoon Season with Spice’s Japanese Sesame Seasoning, or to taste

1. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place in a shallow baking dish. Add in the cornstarch and white pepper and toss to coat evenly.
2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high fire. When oil is heated, add in the shrimp - the shrimp should sizzle on contact with the skillet. Let sear on one side for about 1-2 minutes before turning over to cook for another minute or two. Scoop out shrimp and set aside in a bowl.
3. Turn fire down to medium, and add in 1 tbsp of oil. Then add in the chopped garlic. Stir and cook the garlic until aromatic, about 30-40 seconds. Then add in the sweet peas. Give it a few stirs. Turn heat to high, add the cooked shrimp back in, and one or two splashes of mirin or dry sherry. Stir everything together to coat evenly with the garlic-infused oil.  Finally, add in toasted sesame oil.
4. Dish out onto your serving platter. Sprinkle the dish with our Japanese Sesame Seasoning. Enjoy with steamed rice or your choice of grain.

* If you do not have any mirin or dry sherry at home, you can replace it with either broth or rice wine. You just want to create a light sauce for the dish.