Chile-Crisp Shrimp and Green Beans
This stir-fry is inspired by the taste and textures of chile crisp, that fiery condiment made by infusing oil with dried chiles, garlic and shallots. For this 20-minute recipe, make a quick version of the oil while the shrimp marinates in a combination of soy sauce, sugar, red-pepper flakes and cumin. Use the infused oil to cook the green beans (or asparagus), shrimp and peanuts, then serve topped with the fried shallots and garlic. It’s a deeply savory, spicy and satisfying dinner.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- ¾teaspoon ground cumin
- 1pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 6tablespoons canola oil
- 1large shallot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced through the root
- 4garlic cloves, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1cinnamon stick
- 10ounces green beans or asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¼cup roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
Step 1In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, sugar, red-pepper flakes and cumin. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Set aside while you fry the shallots and garlic.
Step 2Place a fine-mesh sieve over a heat-proof bowl next to the stove. In a large (12-inch) nonstick skillet, heat the canola oil, shallot, garlic and cinnamon stick over medium-high. When the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally to break up the shallots, until golden brown, 5 to 9 minutes. (Lower the heat if the shallots are browning too quickly.) Drain through the sieve, catching the oil in the bowl below. Discard the cinnamon, season the fried shallots and garlic with salt, and set aside.
Step 3Return the oil to the skillet and heat over medium-high. Add the green beans, season with salt and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Push the green beans to one side, then add the shrimp and the marinade, along with the peanuts (if using), and cook until the shrimp is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Stir the green beans and shrimp to combine, then sprinkle with the fried shallots and garlic. Serve immediately, over rice or noodles, or in lettuce cups, if desired.