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Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

This garlic shrimp stir fry comes together in 20 minutes. It’s loaded with bold flavor, hearty veggies, and fresh shrimp.

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

I found shrimp on sale a few weeks ago and decided to stock the freezer. When shrimp goes on sale, you stock up. It’s one of my many grocery store rules. The same goes for butter, chocolate chips, and flour. Get while the gettin’ is good.

I bought something like 4 bags of shrimp. That’s a lot of shrimp, but it goes fast in our house. Needless to say, I’ve been whipping up recipes that incorporate shrimp.

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

Shrimp everything!

Stir fry is a weeknight staple in our house. It requires very little effort–a little slicing and dicing–and comes together in under 30 minutes. My rule of thumb for making weeknight meals is it has to be fast and tasty. There’s no compromising; it must be both easy to make and absolutely delicious.

I used the help of McCormick‘s new Stir Fry Skillet Sauce to add flavor and cut down on prep/cook time. Their stir fry sauce is sweet, tangy, and full of bold Asian flavors.

The great thing about stir fry is it’s completely customizable. You can pick and choose your veggies and protein to fit your dietary needs, likes, and dislikes. I chose shrimp because it cooks up fast and is one of my favorite seafood options.

The only laborious part of this meal is slicing and dicing the veggies, which only takes about 5-8 minutes from start to finish. The rest of the dish comes together easily in the wok (or sauté pan).

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

By the way, I received a wok from my parents for Christmas. It has changed my life. I’ve had one on my wish list for ages but never took the time to pick one out for myself. So, thanks, mom!

If want to experience a life-altering moment in the kitchen, I highly recommend investing in a wok. It doesn’t even need to be an expensive wok. I do, however, recommend a nonstick wok. It makes cleanup easier.

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Back to this dish.

It comes together fast–really fast. I’m going to advise that you to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you heat the wok. Chop your veggies. Peel your shrimp. Measure your spices. In a professional kitchen, this is called a mise en place. It means everything in its place. I call it being a responsible cook (which does not happen often in my kitchen) so I don’t burn the shrimp.

Lesson of the day: Prep your ingredients.

This stir fry comes together in under 30 minutes. That means you can still squeeze in some relaxation after cooking dinner. Hallelujah!

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

You’re going to love this dish. The sauce is sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. It’s full of fresh veggies and plump shrimp. Serve it over rice or lo mien noodles.

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

This garlic shrimp stir fry comes together in 20 minutes. It's loaded with bold flavor, hearty veggies, and fresh shrimp.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup sweet peppers, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (9-ounce) packet McCormick Stir Fry Skillet Sauce
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat.
  2. Add peppers, carrots, and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan. Cook, stirring often, for an additional minute. Transfer the veggies to a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add the reserved tablespoon of canola oil to the pan. Allow the oil to get hot and add the shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is no longer translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the veggies back to the pan with the shrimp and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the stir fry sauce. Continue to cook until the sauce is bubbly, about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve over rice.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

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16 Responses to “Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry”

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    Cindys Recipes and Writings — March 3, 2015 at 6:19 am

    So easy and delicious!

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    Katie — March 3, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I’m with you – stir fry is fabulous! I love that I can throw in whatever veggies I have in the fridge and make it a different creation each time!

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    Renee — March 3, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Jennie – now you have me craving shrimp for dinner and I haven’t even had breakfast yet.

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    Kathleen R. — March 3, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I usually use chicken in stir-fry type dishes but adding shrimp sounds even better. Yum!

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — March 3, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Yeah, my wok is not nonstick. Love cooking in it, hate cleaning it, but I’ll make the exception for this delicious dish!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — March 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Jennie! I love what you made with the skillet sauce!! this looks amazing!!!!

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    Terri Steffes — March 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I didn’t know there was a Weekday Supper! I am doing Sunday Supper (started last week). This was a surprise! I love garlic, my husband loves shrimp, and we both like fast. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nichole — March 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

    So much flavor! I have made this McSkilletSauce with chicken thighs, but I now definitely need to try it with shrimp!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — March 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I loooooove those skillet sauces!!! They are a huge help. I am a naptime prepper. I can’t do the night before prep thing because once Andy goes to sleep, it is me time aka glass of wine and trashy tv/Netflix.

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    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — March 4, 2015 at 12:07 am

    My husband would LOVE this! I’m adding this to my “must make” list!

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    Julia — March 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Shrimp everything sounds mighty fine to me! I can never get sick of shrimp. Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp, shrimp, shrimp. Le sigh…so good. And can you believe I’ve never added shrimp to stir fry? I know…I need to action this brilliance ASAP. Plus, I must get my hands on that dang stir fry packet!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — March 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I cannot even believe this level of deliciousness can be made in just 20 short minutes! Amazing and pinned.

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    Liz — March 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Sounds so yummy. Thank you!

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    Allie | Baking a Moment — March 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    So, so pretty and so mouthwatering! This dish looks incredible. Congrats on your new wok! and all the shrimp too :P

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — March 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Love how easy this stir fry is! Looks so good!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — March 14, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Ooh this garlic & shrimp stir fry looks seriously so good. All that delicious sticky sweet sauce is just making me drool.

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