In the produce section of most grocery stores, you'll find gingerroot. This aromatic root possesses not only great flavor, but also some very impressive health benefits. Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries as a mild stimulate. It can also promote good circulation as well as aid in digestion. And if you have problems with motion sickness, it can be helpful for that as well.
Ginger is probably best known for spicing up some of our favorite meals like stir-fry. You can use it fresh or in dried powder form. If you're interested in taking advantage of some of the health qualities of this root, this recipe is an easy way to prepare it.
In order to properly caramelize the shrimp it is important to use a skillet that is large enough to hold the shrimp without overcrowding. The object is to sear the shrimp rather than steam it. I found that cooking the shrimp in 2 batches works best.
To begin toss the peeled, deveined shrimp in a bowl with salt, sugar and red pepper flakes.
It is a good idea to prepare your sauce ingredients at this time as well. This way the shrimp will not have to sit around after the initial cooking while you mix this up. In a medium sized bowl combine garlic, ginger, rice wine, soy sauce, chicken broth and green onions. Set this aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in your skillet over a high heat until smoking hot. Add half of the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer. Cook for about 1 minute until edges turn pink. Using tongs, flip each shrimp and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer shrimp to a plate and set aside. Repeat the process with the remaining tablespoon of oil and shrimp. After they are heated, add them to the plate with the other shrimp.
Reduce heat and pour ginger garlic sauce into the skillet. Stirring constantly, cook the sauce for about 2 minutes. Return the shrimp to the skillet and heat until cooked through, about 1 minute. Serve immediately over rice or Asian style noodles.
Depending on how generous you are with the shrimp, this dish will serve 2 to 4 people.
Time to prepare: 40 minutes.