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Sichuan Shrimp with Chili Sauce recipe

Pump up the heat with our recipe for spicy Sichuan, a Chinese specialty. Itís loaded with hot peppers and garlic, so get ready for heat.

Ingredients:

4 cups water
10 spears of asparagus, tips removed, stems cut in thin diagonal slices
1 celery stalk, cut in thin diagonal slices
1 bamboo shoot, cut into thin diagonal slices
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 pound large shrimp
3 to 6 hot chili peppers
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
1green onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon hot chili paste (optional)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Sauce:
5 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon salt

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add asparagus, celery, and bamboo to pot; boil rapidly until they reach peak color brightness, about 2 minutes. Immediately strain into a bowl and set aside.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large wok over high heat. When smoking, add shrimp and cook until pink, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Add chili peppers, garlic, ginger, green onion, and chili paste to wok; cook 1 minute, stirring.

  4. Add reserved asparagus, celery, and bamboo to wok; cook 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add shrimp back to wok and stir.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients. Add to wok and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens.

  6. Serve hot with a drizzle of sesame oil over each plate.

Serve this spicy classic over a bed of white rice for sopping up the sauce. When choosing a wine, opt for a spicy red wine, such as Syrah.

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Published: April 26, 2011
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