Chinese New Year, starts on the first day of the lunar new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later; with the actual dates based on the lunar and solar calendars. It’s a celebration filled with visits to friends and relatives, festivals with colorful costumes, and of course, feasts made up of wonderful Asian dishes. This holiday isn’t just celebrated in China; it is a popular holiday in Thailand, Japan, and many other Asian countries. It is also widely celebrated by Asian-Americans (and non-Asian-Americans) all across America. Chinese New Year is a great excuse to cook and serve good Asian dishes, such as the following family favorite: Spicy Sweet Orange Shrimp.
This fabulous dish is quick and easy; it has minimal ingredients, and the sauce takes advantage of ready-made ingredients such as orange juice concentrate, Thai sweet chili sauce, and Chinese Oyster sauce, all of which are available in most larger grocery stores and Asian grocery stores. Spicy-Sweet Orange Shrimp with rice as an accompaniment can be made in less than 30 minutes; for a complete meal, start the rice in the rice cooker before assembling the ingredients for the shrimp. Everything will be ready when the rice cooker buzzes that it is done.
1 1/2 pounds fresh or thawed frozen uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup Asian sweet chili sauce, such as Mae Ploy Brand
Peel from 1 orange, cut into very thin strips
1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Oriental sesame oil
2 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- Mix the shrimp with the orange juice concentrate, sweet chili sauce, orange peel strips, vinegar, and oyster sauce; set aside to briefly marinate while preparing the remaining ingredients.
- In a frying pan or wok, heat the oriental sesame oil to medium heat.
- Add the green onions and ginger and stir-fry until limp.
- Add the shrimp mixture and stir fry over high heat until the shrimp are opaque and the sauce is slightly thickened.
- Serve immediately with rice.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 37
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 15% Protein 58% Carb. 27%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 333 mg
Sodium 449 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 36 g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 68% Calcium 0% Iron 30%
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