Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Snap Peas

Very flavorful and easy to make…

Alright, who all had a chance to witness the Venus transit??? I had a golden opportunity to witness the transit of Venus, the Astronomy department in my University hosted a special event and they opened their observatory for public. It was very crowded and even kids from many schools came there to get a glimpse. Everyone was extremely thrilled and excited to be a part of such a rare and spectacular event. As soon as I came to know about this event which was a few weeks ago, I had instantly marked my calendar. I didn’t wanted to miss this as the next transit will happen only after 105 years, so obviously this is the only chance I’ll ever have 🙂

Ever since I was a kid I have been always amazed by the planets, celestial bodies, moon and space related things. I still remember how I used to shoot all my silly questions about these to my grandpa, he was in deed very patient and explained everything so well. Well, one of my dreams which I know will never be true is to be an astronomer and to make a visit to the moon. No kidding, if I ever get an invitation from any of the astronomers to visit moon, I would gladly accompany them 🙂 Keep dreaming, right???

They had a huge telescope and they projected the image of the Sun to a filter, hence we were able to see the transit of Venus. It was like a beauty spot, very tiny black spot. Had it not been for the telescope and the observatory, it would have been impossible for me to see it. So it was totally worth the wait and was an amazing experience.

Here are some of the pictures I clicked in my Iphone.

That black spot is Venus, telescopic image projected to a filter

 

Cronyn Observatory, UWO

Now the recipe for this dish. This is a slightly sweet and spicy shrimp dish along with snap peas. I always feel that shrimp and snap peas gets along so well.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Snap Peas

Ingredients

To cook shrimp:

  • Shrimp, deveined and deshelled- 25
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- very little

While cooking:

  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Shallots, chopped long- 3 large
  • Snap Peas, strings removed from the sides- 1 packet
  • Green Pepper, cut into thin wedges- 1 (optional)
  • Sambal Oelek- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Soy Sauce, low-sodium- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Brown sugar- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Black Sesame seeds- 3 tbsp

Instruction

  • Devein and de-shell the shrimp, combine with ground pepper and little salt, cook in a large pan till it has cooked well. Keep aside.
  • In the same pan used for cooking shrimp, add oil, and add shallots to it, saute till it starts t0 turn light brown in color.
  • Remove the strings from the sides of the snap peas by snapping the stem end and pull the strings down.
  • Add the snap peas and green pepper to the pan.
  • Cook covered till the veggies turn tender.
  • Add the cooked shrimp to the veggies, combine to it.
  • Add sambal oelek, soy sauce and ground pepper, combine well, cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add brown sugar and mix it with the sauce in the pan, cook for a minute.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds, combine well.
  • Cover the pan with the lid and remove from the heat.
  • Serve hot along with noodles, rice or as a side dish.

Tips:

  • Adjust the spice and sweetness according to your needs.

 

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Snap Peas
 
Ingredients
To cook shrimp
  • Shrimp, deveined and deshelled- 25
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- very little
While cooking
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Shallots, chopped long- 3 large
  • Snap Peas, strings removed from the sides- 1 packet
  • Green Pepper, cut into thin wedges- 1 (optional)
  • Sambal Oelek- 1½ tsp
  • Soy Sauce, low-sodium- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Brown sugar- 1½ tbsp
  • Black Sesame seeds- 3 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Devein and de-shell the shrimp, combine with ground pepper and little salt, cook in a large pan till it has cooked well. Keep aside.
  2. In the same pan used for cooking shrimp, add oil, and add shallots to it, saute till it starts t0 turn light brown in color.
  3. Remove the strings from the sides of the snap peas by snapping the stem end and pull the strings down.
  4. Add the snap peas and green pepper to the pan.
  5. Cook covered till the veggies turn tender.
  6. Add the cooked shrimp to the veggies, combine to it.
  7. Add sambal oelek, soy sauce and ground pepper, combine well, cook for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add brown sugar and mix it with the sauce in the pan, cook for a minute.
  9. Sprinkle sesame seeds, combine well.
  10. Cover the pan with the lid and remove from the heat.
  11. Serve hot along with noodles, rice or as a side dish.
Notes
Adjust the spice and sweetness according to your needs.

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