Usually for the ease of blogging, I'll have a pen and a piece of paper next to me during the cooking process. Writing down the ingredients used and the steps then store the information for later use. You know, as my age keeps adding up, most likely there's no return for my fading memory capability. It's getting harder to recall all the details for any particular dish.
This is one of the few dishes that I forgot to write down the information. Lucky enough, the ingredients and preparation steps are pretty standard. Hopefully my brain will not fail me this time in presenting this spicy and garlicky stir fry recipe to you.
Spicy and garlicky stir fry shrimps with asparagus and button mushrooms -
1 dozen shrimps (peeled and deveined)
1 small bundle of asparagus (skinny type)
10 button mushrooms
5 garlic cloves
4 fresh red chilies (shorter kind)
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
Some sea salt
Some freshly ground black pepper
Some olive oil
Cut off and discard the very bottom of the asparagus. The asparagus used here do not need to peel off the outer skin since the whole stalk is very soft and delicate. Just grab all the asparagus and dice them diagonally all at once, into 1/3 inch pieces.
Halve or quarter the mushrooms depending on the sizes. Peel and slice the garlic cloves. Discard the stems from the chilies and cut into small pieces. Do not remove the seeds because we want that spicy kick while enjoying this dish.
Drizzle enough olive oil to evenly coat the bottom of the pan, about 3 to 3 tablespoons. Add in sliced garlic and chopped chilies. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Use medium heat to slowly cook these two ingredients till the aroma comes out. Add in grated ginger and let the heat to brighten up the flavor.
Turn up the heat and add in the asparagus and mushrooms when the garlic slices turn slightly brown on the edges. Sprinkle more salt depending on your preference. Cook for about one to two minutes. Lastly, add in the shrimps and cook till fully cooked through.
The asparagus is really good with garlic. Sometimes for the sake of less cleaning work, I simply bake the asparagus in the oven with some salt, pepper, and olive oil. Maybe turn up a notch with some shaved parmigiano reggiano. But trust me, you can also stir fry asparagus with garlic, mix and match with some of your favorite ingredients. If go easy on the garlic and chilies, this can also serve as a delicious side dish for any kind of seared fish.
Other recent shrimps related recipes:
Stir fry shrimps with vegetables and a touch of cilantro
Spaghetti with creamy fava bean sauce and rosemary infused grilled shrimps