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Celebrate Chinese New Year this year with Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry. It’s a perfect balance of spicy and sweet and a great “take out” meal to enjoy at home. Paired with Pagoda Chicken Egg Rolls and you’ve got a delicious dinner to celebrate “The year of the Monkey”
The Chinese New Year is upon us and is celebrated February 7th – February 13th. This year happens to be the Year of the Monkey. I’ll never forget the times my family and I would go to a Chinese restaurant and there would always be a place mat with all of the Chinese Zodiac animals at each table setting. We would always get a kick out of looking up our year to figure out which animals we were. In my family of 4, we are a Horse, Sheep, Pig and Tiger. Being my birthday was yesterday, I am a pig. While the description I found half suits me, “likes to eat, good-tempered and honest, the other part about being lazy and clumsy is wrong.
I’ve always been fascinated with the zodiac, so while we ate dinner at those Chinese restaurants, we always enjoyed what our fortune told us about our future, strengths, weaknesses and lucky numbers. Now, when we go to Chinese restaurants with our children, we do the same thing and it’s so fun to see the joy in our kids eyes when they learn what animal they are in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Brings me right back to being a kid and engaging in the same conversations I had with my parents.
I have been craving Chinese food for weeks and finally decided to make some of my own at home. There really isn’t a restaurant in town that I love so I decided it would be best to make something at home to my liking. I knew I also wanted to have the traditional side items to go along with my stir fry so I headed to Wal-Mart and hit the frozen department to see what I could find.
I headed to the frozen snacks section and found Pagoda products. Now that was the easy part. The hard part was deciding which ones to get. I wanted to get 2 different snacks as I have the Ibotta app and there’s an offer for .50 off when you purchase any 2 Pagoda products. I decided on the chicken egg rolls ( I love egg rolls) and cream cheese wontons, which I had never had before and they sounded delicious.
I had all of the ingredients at home to make the Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry as I had just stocked up on blood oranges as I was so happy they’re back in season now. This dish was super simple to put together and in the time it took me to make the stir fry, both the egg rolls and wontons were cooked. Therefore, dinner was on the table in 20 minutes.
I started by coating the shrimp in cornstarch and cooking them for several minutes until they were opaque. Removed them from the pan and started to make the blood orange sauce. I added the sauce to the pan, added garlic and ginger and the veggies and let them cook until tender. Finally, I added the shrimp back in, stirred it all together and the stir fry was finished. I also make some brown rice to serve with the Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry but also thought about making zoodles (zucchini noodles) Next time I make this dish, I am going to try that to really bump up the veggie factor.
This Blood Orange Stir Fry paired perfectly with the crispy egg rolls. I love that the chicken egg rolls are baked and not fried and are made with 100% white meat chicken. All a win in my book. As for the cream cheese wontons, holy flavor bomb, they are delicious! As I mentioned, I have never tried them before but after pairing them with the stir fry, I will always be purchasing these 2 Pagoda snacks together. I loved them! Both snacks came with a sweet chili sauce that was super tasty as well.
Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry
Celebrate Chinese New Year this year with Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry. It's a perfect balance of spicy and sweet and a great "take out" meal to enjoy at home.
- 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- kosher salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 Blood oranges, divided
- 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 ounces snow peas
- 1/2 red pepper, sliced into strips
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 12 dried chile pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 3 scallions, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
- Cooked rice for serving
- Place shrimp into a bowl and season with salt.
- Add the cornstarch and toss to coat.
- Juice 2 blood oranges (about 1/3 cup) into a bowl and add rice vinegar, ketchup, honey and sesame oil. Whisk to combine.
- Quarter remaining blood orange and set aside
- Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and add snow peas. Cook for 1 minute or until tender, remove from pan and quickly submerge into ice bath.
- Heat a large non stick skillet to high heat and add 1 tablespoon oil. Add shrimp and cook until lightly golden brown and opaque, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and return pan to burner over medium heat.
- Add remaining oil to pan and add chilies into skillet. Cook for 1 minute and then add in garlic and ginger. Cook for an additional minute and then add your blood orange sauce.
- Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes, and then add in your snow peas, red pepper, quartered blood orange and shrimp.
- Toss to combine and serve over rice.
Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network
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So what are you waiting for? The only thing that stands between you, celebrating Chinese New Year, and eating this delicious Blood Orange Shrimp stir fry is a quick stop at Wal-Mart to pick up some delicious frozen Pagoda snacks.
Blood oranges are in season and while they’re here, you need to try this Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry. It’s absolutely delicious, a little spicy and the blood orange sauce is amazing and a perfect sweet balance to the heat. Paired with chicken egg rolls, cream cheese wontons, pot stickers or crab Rangoon, you cannot go wrong with Pagoda’s snacks that are all MSG free and made with no artificial colors. Check them out for yourself here and let me know which one you would like to try for your Chinese New Year dinner.
Do you have a favorite Chinese dish that you always serve to your family? How do you plan on celebrating, “The year of the monkey?”
Enjoy and if you make this recipe, please share a photo on social media and hashtag it #strawberryblondiekitchen I ♥ to see your versions! Happy Eating!