Ever try to find a recipe online that has exactly the ingredients you have available and can’t? That’s what happened to me tonight and then I decided I would just wing it with what I had. It came out pretty good. Give it a try!
1 lb uncooked wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined*
1 head broccoli florets (or two small heads worth. You can also use frozen, defrost first and add along with the shrimp & pineapple towards the end)
1-2 cups chopped pineapple, and more for garnish if you like (again, canned or defrosted frozen would be fine. Drain if canned).
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1-2 TBS fish sauce (like this one)
3 TBS coconut aminos (like this one) or GF soy sauce
1 TBS arrowroot flour (like this one)
5 TBS** beef tallow (preferably grass-fed)
Black pepper to taste
*If you want to buy already cooked shrimp, don’t add it to the recipe until the end and cook in the sauce until it is heated through to prevent it from getting rubbery.
**Yea, that’s right, fat. I really wanted to add some healthy omega-3’s and CLA to my day. One of the best ways to do that is with healthy, high quality beef tallow.
GET ‘ER DONE
- Chop up your garlic and set aside in a small bowl. Let it sit for 5-10 mins. Here’s why.
- Melt 1 TBS tallow in a large pan over medium heat. Add shrimp and saute until pink and cooked through. Set aside.
- Add 4 TBS tallow to the pan and increase heat to medium-high. Add chopped onion and black pepper, saute until translucent.
- Add broccoli florets and 1/8 cup water and cook until broccoli is bright green.
- Meanwhile, in a glass measuring cup (or bowl, I just like seeing the measurement on the cup), whisk together 1-2 TBS fish sauce, 3 TBS coconut aminos, 1 TBS arrowroot flour and 1/4 cup water.
- Add garlic and stir.
- Add fish sauce/coconut amino sauce to the pan. Stir to deglaze. Add shrimp and pineapple and cook a few minutes longer until the sauce reduces a bit and everything is heated through.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and big pineapple chunks if desired.
You can also add some ground ginger to the recipe along with the fish sauce/coconut amino sauce mix. I recently found out I am moderately intolerant to ginger so I left it out. You can also add some jalapenos when sauteing the onion for a spicy dish, I’m trying to stay away from nightshades for a few weeks to see if it helps my eczema. Any other vegetable like red pepper or green onion would go well too.