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Quick Fix: Garlic shrimp, noodle dish perfect for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year celebration

Quick Fix: Garlic shrimp, noodle dish perfect for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year celebration


Steamed Garlic Shrimp with Vermicelli Noodles (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

With thoughts of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day this weekend, here’s an Asian-inspired easy dinner to celebrate both. It’s made with jumbo shrimp and vermicelli noodles, also called rice noodles. The sauce from the shrimp is absorbed by the noodles as they steam together.

The entire meal is steamed on one plate. You don’t need a special steamer to make this dinner. Here are some ideas if you don’t have a steamer:

Use a roasting pan or large skillet with a rack or broiler pan. Cover tightly with foil if you do not have a lid for the pan.

Or, use a collapsible vegetable steaming rack and place in a skillet.

Another option is to place a rack or perforated foil pie plate upside down in a wok or other pan to keep plate elevated from the water.

SHOPPING LIST: To buy: 3/4 pound peeled jumbo shrimp, 1 small package vermicelli noodles, 1 bottle sesame oil, 1 small bottle reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 pound snow peas and 1 bunch scallions. Staples: garlic, sugar.

Steamed Garlic Shrimp with Vermicelli Noodles

  • 4 ounces vermicelli rice noodles (see note)
  • 1/4 pound snow peas steamed with shrimp
  • 3/4 pound jumbo shrimp (see note)
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil, divided use
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 scallions, sliced (about 1/3 cup)

Note: Any size shrimp can be used for the recipe. Angel hair pasta can be used instead of vermicelli noodles. Cook them in boiling water first, then complete the recipe. Three teaspoons minced garlic can be used instead of crushed garlic cloves.

Place vermicelli in a bowl of warm water. Soak vermicelli for about 10 minutes until softened. Drain and use scissors to cut the long noodles into 2 to 3 sections. Spread noodles on a large plate. Place snow peas on top of the noodles. Add the shrimp over the snow peas.

Heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil in a small sauce pan. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Spoon garlic and oil over the shrimp. Add the soy sauce, water and sugar to the same sauce pan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil to the sauce. Set aside. Bring water to a boil in wok or large sauce pan. Add a steam basket over the water and place the plate on top. Cover with a lid and steam 10 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink.

Remove the plate and spoon the sauce over the shrimp. Let soak in a minute and divide the ingredients between two dinner plates.

Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 498 calories (19% from fat), 10.4 g fat (1.6 g saturated, 3.8 g monounsaturated), 276 mg cholesterol, 41.8 g protein, 59 g carbohydrates, 3.1 fiber, 1082 mg sodium.

Quick Fix is a Tribune News Service column from Linda Gassenheimer. She is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, most recently, of “The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook.” Find her online at or on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer. Email:

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