In China, salt and pepper shrimp is traditionally made with tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. If you have some in the pantry, feel free to use them here; we opted for a combo of easier-to-find white and black pepper. The white pepper adds earthy flavor, while black kicks up the heat.
Salt & Pepper Shrimp with Snow Peas
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
1 pound shell-on deveined raw shrimp (36-40 per pound)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound snow peas
1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1. Toss shrimp with cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon white pepper in a large bowl.
2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large flat-bottom wok or cast-iron skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add half the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining shrimp. Sprinkle the shrimp with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
3. Add snow peas, serrano (or jalapeno) and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add water, cover and cook until the snow peas are just tender, about 2 minutes. Season with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.
4. Serve the snow peas and shrimp topped with cilantro.
Recipe nutrition per serving: 316 Calories, Total Fat: 18 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 159 mg, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Fiber: 3 g, Total Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 23 g, Sodium: 561 mg, Potassium: 512 mg, Iron: 3 mg, Folate: 47 mcg, Calcium: 123 mg, Vitamin A: 1489 IU, Vitamin C: 67 mg.
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