Kung Pao Shrimp with Cashews
photo by Ms B.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 small dried red chilies, 4 halved
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 small onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1⁄2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1 cup roasted cashews
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
- In a bowl, mix the orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch.
- In a wok or large frypan, heat the oil over high heat until smoking.
- Add the chiles and salt; stir-fry until browned, 45 seconds.
- Add the onion, ginger and garlic; stir-fry until fragrant, 15 seconds.
- Add the peppers and cook until crisp-tender, 30 seconds.
- Add the shrimp and stir-fry until nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Stir the sauce, add to the wok and cook until thickened slightly, 30 seconds.
- Stir in the cashews and sesame oil; serve.
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Really, really good and the DH said, "Definitely a keeper." I was a bit skeptical about the orange juice in it, but it added such a great flavor. We loved the zip the chilies gave it. You were absolutely right about it being essential to have everything chopped, prepped and ready to go before cooking as it all comes together quite quickly and would have been a disaster if we hadn't prepped beforehand. Thanks for a definite keeper. Beats a restaurant hands down - especially because we could add as many shrimp and cashews as we wanted! :)
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