Asparagus Peppercorn Shrimp
Asparagus Peppercorn Shrimp is a great tasting stir fry. Simply put, there is possibly no better combination than asparagus and shrimp, or maybe I am just really excited about how great the flavors were in this dish. Aside from just flavor, the crunchiness of the asparagus and the firmness of the shrimp brought a great texture to my mouth. This Asparagus Peppercorn Shrimp recipe is all-around easy to make and taste wonderful. It is a great weekday meal.
Szechuan peppercorn looks very similar to black peppercorn but they are not related. Szechuan peppercorn is more closely related to the citrus family like lemons and limes. It also has a naturally occurring numbness in your mouth. It is a very mild numbness, which means that Szechuan peppercorn pairs well with spicy foods. I used red bell pepper in this recipe because I like to flavor of red bell more than green. However, if you are a fan of yellow or green bells, then you can easily substitute for your favorite.
Because this recipe is cooking in a wok at very high heat, things will move really quickly once you start cooking. I actually burnt my ginger and garlic the first time around and had to re-do that scene when filming. On the second take, things were a little more controlled since I knew what to expect. If you find yourself recreating this recipe, then keep in mind that having your ingredients close by and being able to add them into your wok quickly might mean the difference between a great meal and one that is burnt. One last note, a common mistake when cooking fresh veggies in a super hot wok is keeping them in and mixing them too long. While it doesn't always seem like it, a few minutes can be a long time in a hot wok. Keep things moving and your veggies will be cooked just right, cooked and crispy at the same time.
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1/2 pound shrimp
2 and 1/2 cups asparugus
1/2 red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons ginger
1 and 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorn
1 and 1/2 teaspoons szechuan peppercorn
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cooking wine
2 tablespoons cooking oil
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