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Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spinach & Peanut Noodles

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Serves three to four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 56

Look for fresh egg noodles in the produce section of the supermarket near the tofu and egg roll wrappers.

  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1-inch chunk fresh ginger (about 1/2 oz.), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. chile paste or hot sauce
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. large shrimp (21 to 25 per lb.), peeled and deveined
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 9 oz. fresh Chinese egg noodles (or 8 oz. dried spaghetti)
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach, thick stems removed, large leaves torn in half, washed and dried
  • Green part of 1 scallion, thinly sliced (about 1 Tbs.)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a mini chopper or a small food processor, combine the peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chile paste, and 1 tsp. of the oil. Process, scraping the sides as needed, until mostly smooth.

Heat the remaining 2 tsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot (it should be shimmering), add the shrimp and stir frequently until the shrimp start to look pink on both sides and opaque in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic and cook until softened and lightly golden, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour 1/2 cup water into the pan and stir to loosen any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the water and the garlic into the peanut butter purée and process to blend until smooth.

Cook the noodles in the boiling water until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes (if using dried pasta, see the package for cooking times). Stir in the spinach and blanch until it softens, about 30 seconds. Drain the noodles and spinach and transfer to the bowl with the shrimp. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss. Garnish with the scallion anad serve immediately.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 330; Fat (g): fat g 14; Fat Calories (kcal): 120; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3; Protein (g): protein g 29; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 25; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1920; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 190; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is fabulous! The sauce is so full of flavour. I did it with linguine, which worked beautifully. I disagree with reviewers about the spinach - I thought it was perfect for this dish!

It's just OK. Not really worthy of this site. Agree with one reviewer that the spinach seemed a bit out of place. Disagreed with another who suggested recipe redemption through cilantro. Won't be making it again.

This recipe was just "okay" as written, it was missing an ingredient to me. So I added torn fresh cilantro leaves in, then it was great!!!

This is my favorite go-to recipe when having a casual dinner. It is easy, delicious, and gets great compliments.

This was nice -- easy and quick, with common ingredients I usually have on hand. And the noodles & shrimp were very tasty. But the spinach seemed out of place in this dish... if I make it again I will probably use broccoli or snow peas, something that goes with the Asian flavors a bit better.

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