Shrimp and Green Bean Stir-Fry for Two
A simple technique—and the right choice of ingredients—is all that's standing between you and this tasty Chinese-inspired supper.
Why This Recipe Works
To create a tasty stir-fry for two, we wanted to use a combination of fresh green beans and shrimp. Some recipes call for blanching the green beans before adding them to the stir-fry, but we wanted to keep things simple and limit the number of steps (and pans). To do this, we relied on a proven test kitchen technique that combines steaming and sautéing: We added a bit of water to the skillet with the oil and green beans, covered the skillet, and cooked over medium-high heat until the green beans were just tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes. We pushed the green beans to one side of the skillet, tossed in the shrimp (plump extra-large beauties) and garlic, and let them cook for 2 minutes. Then the ginger and scallions went in just until they released their flavor and aroma. A stir-together sauce with a bit of cornstarch added for thickening perfectly glazed the juicy shrimp and crisp-tender green beans.