The other night when I made the brussels sprouts, I knew I couldn't JUST serve brussels sprouts... though I probably would have been perfectly fine with it. I decided I needed to do something else Asian-inspired and knew I wanted to use Nasoya noodles since I haven't used them in a while (and love any excuse to!). Shrimp was on sale at the grocery store, so I picked up half a pound (the perfect amount for 2) and found a recipe for Grilled Shrimp and Noodle Salad. I made the full recipe, but cut the shrimp in half. I wanted leftovers, but hate re-heated shrimp! It's just never the same.
Grilled Shrimp and Noodle Salad:
- 14 ounces flat rice noodles
- ½ C lime juice
- ⅓ C fish sauce (I used soy sauce instead)
- ½ C packed light brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1-2 t Asian chili sauce like Sriracha (the more, the spicier!)
- 1 lb. medium-large shrimp, peeled and deveined (or use ½ lb. for two)
- 1 medium bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped
- 5 oz. shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and chopped (any mushroom will do)
- 1 medium carrot, shredded
- ½ C fresh cilantro
For some reason I forgot to include the Sriracha in my photo (see the empty spot for it and everything!?), but don't forget it in your recipe. It's so flavorful and delicious. And yes, spicy. So, make sure you test out the recipe as you go along and adjust for your particular tastes.
I used the Nasoya Chinese Style Noodles and they worked perfectly in this dish.
Start by peeling and deveining the shrimp. I got the peel-and-eat kind, which meant I simply had to pull the peel off!
Boil the water for your noodles now. Cook as the label directs and then drain and rinse with cold water.
While the water is boiling and noodles are cooking, start preparing your sauce. Whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, garlic, chili sauce, and ⅓ C water in a medium bowl. For some reason, my grocery store had absolutely NO limes in site! It was strange, but I had to squeeze the heck out of one of those lime juice containers instead.
Transfer ¼ C of the marinade to another bowl and toss with the shrimp.
Then toss another ¼ C of the marinade with the chopped asparagus and chopped mushrooms.
Let everything marinate for about 10 minutes at room temperature.
Toss the noodles with remaining marinade.
You can use a grill for the shrimp, but since I didn't have one, I simply threw them in a frying pan.
Then I threw in the asparagus and mushrooms too until the shrimp was just cooked through, about 3 minutes per each side.
Divide the noodles into bowls and top with the shrimp and veggie mixture. Put some of the shredded carrot and cilantro on top, too!
This meal tasted deliciously healthy and was the perfect companion to the brussels sprouts. I definitely don't cook with shrimp enough, but this recipe may have encouraged me to do so a bit more.
If you're only cooking for 2, shrimp can actually be a really cost-effective option, especially when they go on sale! And I honestly feel like there's not a whole lot better than asparagus that's browned up a bit. Oh, and noodles don't hurt either!
You can even top with more sriracha if you so desire, though this dish was certainly flavorful enough 🙂
What's your favorite shrimp recipe? I need some more inspiration!
I love shrimp sauteed in olive oil, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and crushed red pepper flakes. Serve it over linguine -- so good!
Aww, this looks great. I love shrimp and noodles. Now, I'm craving it!
that's much better than takeout!
i love this recipe - so simple!
Culinary Cory says
Sounds like a great combo of flavors. The spicier the better!
oh! that sauce! i love that sauce and had totally forgotten about it. Thanks for jogging my memory
That dinner looks fab, by the way.
Sophie @ yumventures says
I like putting shrimp in risotto -- great for the summertime!
I will definitely be gtiving this a try. It looks wonderful.
Shrimp Creole--I typically use this Down Home with the Neelys recipe, though Zatarain's also makes a good base:
shannon (the dailybalance) says
this looks great! i love making my shrimp orzo salad -- search for it on my site if you are interested! It's adapted from a barefoot contessa recipe, so you can't go wrong 😉
I don't have a recipe for it, but I once had shrimp in tomato sauce served over lemon-flavoured rice at a Greek restaurant. The shrimp was sauteed in goat cheese -- which was also added to the tomato sauce. It was really amazing.
Haha! I always forget to put an ingredient in my 'ingredient' photo and then I have to snap a picture of it solo. Or, I take out all the ingredients again and snap another photo - jeez! I love shrimp! But I also don't cook enough of it. I like making shrimp scampi - can't go wrong with shrimp, pasta, garlic, olive oil and cheese!
Travel Eat Love says
I love shrimp coconut curry, shrimp salad, and a shrimp dish my mom makes with tri color peppers, garlic, and olives. Simple and divine!
This sounds delicious! I bet it tasted so fresh with the lime juice, garlic and cilantro!
Joan Calder says
Hi Susie!Remember me?The family hairdresser! Had to check out your wedding shower (looked fabulous!) And i've been checking out your recipes for quite some time now.Can't wait to make this .Love shrimp Will be using lemon as I don't want to go out to market.Thanks...yummy