Stir fry noodles serve as a complete, one dish meal. Learn how to cook Stir Fry Rice Noodles with Shrimp in this post.
When you hear the words “stir fry”, what first comes to your mind? Some people would say vegetables. I’d say noodles. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods. Stir fry noodles are easy to prepare. You would also love the fact that it can be served almost any time of the day—whether in the morning or late at night.
You can stir fry any noodle, whether it’s rice noodles, soba noodles or udon noodles. You can also do it with fresh or dried noodles. In fact, it is also possible to stir fry regular Italian noodles.
What I like about rice noodles is that these are a lot firmer compared to other noodle types. Thus, it won’t turn mushy after you sauté them in the pan.
Rice noodles are also called pad thai noodles or rice sticks. They look like fettuccine and come in different packages.
Health benefits of rice noodles
Aside from being delicious and easy to cook, there’s another reason why I love to feast on stir fry noodles.
Rice noodles are very nutritious. It is packed with fiber, protein, zinc, and iron. And if you are looking to lose weight, rice noodles are a better alternative to cooked white rice. A cup of stir fry rice noodles has about 180 calories, while a cup of cooked white rice has 200 plus calories.
If you are looking for a gluten-free food, just consider stir-fried rice noodles. After all, rice is naturally gluten-free. Thus, rice noodles are also a good alternative to noodles made from wheat flour.
Rice noodles are rich in zinc which can promote a well-functioning immune system and iron, which helps the body in producing red blood cells.
These noodles are also packed with protein. A cup of cooked rice noodles contains about 2 grams of protein or nearly 3 percent of the daily protein needs of men. It also contains about 1.8 grams of fiber, representing 7 percent of the recommended daily requirement for men.
Tips in stir frying rice noodles
Aside from the noodles, a typical stir fry rice noodles recipe contains four to five ingredients. Chicken and beef are common ingredients as well as snow peas and bean sprouts. The said veggies are quick cooking so they should be added towards the end of the cooking.
It is also possible to add broccoli and carrots. But since the said vegetables are hard, I would recommend you steam them first so that you will have an easier time stir frying them.
You don’t need to visit an Asian grocery just to get a special kind of sauce or liquid seasoning for stir-frying noodles. You can simply season stir fry noodles with soy sauce or rice wine.
Some experts suggest using chili garlic sauce or oyster sauce to make the stir fry noodles richer and more flavorful.
In pushing and tossing food around the wok, using a wooden spatula or metal chan is highly recommended. The latter is particularly very useful in removing food from the wok.
Stir Fry Rice Noodles with Shrimp Recipe
Now let’s go to the stir fry rice noodles with shrimp recipe. This is one-dish meal because it has starch courtesy of the rice noodles, and lots of fresh veggies. Plus, the shrimp further makes this dish complete.
This recipe serves four people. It should take you around an hour to finish it.
- 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 ounces of pad thai noodles
- One tablespoon of peanut oil
- One tablespoon of rice vinegar
- Two and a half teaspoons of honey
- One tablespoon of ground chile paste
- One tablespoon of soy sauce
- Two tablespoons of chopped unsalted cashews
- One tablespoon of sliced garlic
- Two teaspoons of fresh ginger, sliced
- One green Thai chile
- Three fourths cup of snow peas
- Three fourths cup of fresh bean sprouts
- One fourth teaspoon of salt
- 12 sweet mini peppers
- Three fourths cup of carrots, matchstick cut
Step by step guide
- Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, honey and ground chile paste in a medium bowl. Stir well then add the shrimp. Toss to coat. Cover this and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
- Cook the noodles by following the package directions. Remove the salt and fat by rinsing the noodles with cold water and draining it.
- Heat a large wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat.
- Add the cashews as well as ginger, garlic, and chile to the pan. Stir fry for a minute or until the garlic has turned brownish. Remove the cashew mixture from the pan and set aside.
- Increase the heat then add the carrot, sweet peppers and salt. Stir fry for two minutes. Add the shrimp mixture then stir fry for another two minutes.
- Stir in the noodles and peas. Cook for a minute. Toss to coat.
- Return the cashew mixture to the pan. Add the bean sprouts and cook for a minute. Toss frequently.
That’s it! You now have yummy stir fry rice noodles with shrimp that you can serve or enjoy any time of the day.
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