Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli

Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. Top it on some steamed rice and you’ll have a healthy one-bowl dinner in no time. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Garlic shrimp and broccoli is one of my favorite weekday dinner dishes, because it is so fast to prepare, loaded with lean protein and veggies, and extra delicious. All you need is shrimp, broccoli, garlic, and a super easy sauce made with 5 common ingredients.

Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Ingredients

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To create extra tender shrimp with a nice aroma, I use a Shaoxing wine and cornstarch slurry to marinate the shrimp for 5 minutes. It’s a Chinese cooking trick that my mom never skips.

When you coat the shrimp with cornstarch, it protects the shrimp from the hot pan so you won’t overcook them, and it adds a bit of a crispy texture on the surface. So you can use a nonstick skillet instead of cast iron pan to make perfect juicy shrimp with a beautiful char.

The wine adds fragrance and a slightly sweet taste. I highly recommend adding ginger as the recipe suggests, since it goes great with shrimp. But you can skip it if you don’t have any on hand.

Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

To eliminate the extra pan to blanch the broccoli, I use a quick steaming method using the same skillet you cook the stir fry in. Simply boil a bit of water in the skillet and cook the broccoli florets, covered. They will be ready in a minute or so. Isn’t it super convenient?

I usually serve it on top of steamed rice to make a full meal. Lately, I discovered a great multigrain blend from Costco, containing lentils, sorghum, quinoa, brown rice and wild rice. It has a nice chewy texture and is super healthy. It takes longer to cook, so I usually cook a big batch on the weekend and serve it during the week.

Costco Wild Rice Blend

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Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

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Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli


  • Author: Maggie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stir frying
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free adaptable}


Ingredients

Marinate

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry for gluten free)

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoons cornstarch

Stir fry

  • 1 head broccoli, separated into bite-sized florets
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • (Optional) 1 teaspoon minced ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix well until the shrimp are evenly coated with a layer of slurry.
  2. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup water in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until boiling. Spread the broccoli in the skillet. Cooked covered for 1 minute or so, until the broccoli is mostly cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Wipe the pan with a few layers of paper towel held in a pair of tongs to remove the extra water, if needed.
  4. Add the oil and spread the shrimp in one layer in the skillet. Let cook for 30 seconds without moving. Cook and stir occasionally until the bottom turns golden. Flip to cook the other side until golden.
  5. Add the garlic and minced ginger. Stir a few times to release the fragrance.
  6. Add the cooked broccoli back into the skillet. Stir the sauce again to dissolve the cornstarch completely. Pour sauce into the pan. Stir to mix well, until the sauce thickens. Immediately transfer everything to a plate.
  7. Serve hot over steamed rice or noodles as a main dish.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 of the 2 servings
  • Calories: 370cals
  • Sugar: 8.9g
  • Sodium: 851mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 328mg
Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli should be added to your weekday dinner menu because it’s so easy and fast to cook and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

 

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4 thoughts on “Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli

  1. Connie Cabana

    Hi Maggie thank you fir sharing all the delicious recipes. I am going to try the garlic shrimp and broccoli. My husband loves Chinese food.

    His favorite is the Combination Chinese fried rice. I’d been trying to make the fried rice, But I couldn’t get the right taste of Chinese Fried Rice. Would you please give me the recipe of Fried Rice? Just like the taste when we go out eat Chinese food

    Thank you very much Maggie.

    Reply
    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Connie, I have quite a few fried rice recipes. If you want to get that nice smoky taste from the restaurant, you need to use a wok.
      Like the one I showed in this recipe: http://omnivorescookbook.com/shrimp-fried-rice/
      I have a few other fried rice recipes that are very good too:
      http://omnivorescookbook.com/potato-fried-rice/
      http://omnivorescookbook.com/chinese-olive-fried-rice/
      http://omnivorescookbook.com/soy-sauce-fried-rice
      Happy cooking and let me know how the result turns out 🙂

      Reply
      1. Connie Cabana

        I’ve checked all of your Frief Rice recipes. I will try shrimp fried rice tomorrow. Thank you Maggie