This shrimp is straight-up awesome sauce.
Want to know how I know that word? Because I watch 95% of my tv on Hulu. And any Hulu-watcher will know what that means — I also watch the same commercials over, and over, and over, and over again. Ad nauseum. (Pun intended.)
This includes that commercial where a girl calls her credit card to ask about her bill, and her twin sister picks up the phone and tells her how awesome the credit card company is, to which her twin replies, “awesome sauce!” Truth? I know every line of this commercial verbatim, but don’t want to give the company the satisfaction of saying the name because I’m completely annoyed at the fact that I’ve been subjected to this commercial probably 100+ times.
Does Hulu think this repetition is really the best form of advertising?! I mean, I’ll grant that it’s effective since I can tell you that the sister’s name is Julie, and “for once in her life” her sister thinks she “sounds pleasant”, and she gets her FICO credit score for free. But is it positive advertising? Mmmm, negative, if you ask me.
But this is a food blog, and…you probably weren’t asking me. So I’ll hop off my Hulu advertising soapbox now. :)
I do still stand by the fact, though, that the sauce is what makes this quick and easy shrimp dish so delicious. So let’s dive in!
I created this shrimp dish last week on impulse when I realized I had an unopened jar of hoisin sauce in the pantry, which is unacceptable in this house. I usually keep it on hand to serve with spring rolls, and occasionally I mix it into stir-fry’s and fried rice. But last week, I was craving shrimp. Straight shrimp.
So I mixed up a simple hoisin sauce mixture with some soy sauce and rice wine vinegar to round it out.
Then sauted some shrimp…
…coated them with the sauce…
…and went a little crazy garnishing with sesame seeds and green onions.
And hoi-ly moly. It was delish!!
The sauce itself is pretty strong, which is the way I like it, especially once it gets mixed in with some rice or quinoa or other veggies that you might serve alongside the shrimp. So if you’re hesitant about strong flavors, you might just add it in a little bit at a time until it flavors the shrimp to your liking.
But however much of the sauce you use, it’s salty and sweet and…well…awesome. :)
This simple hoisin shrimp recipe is quick and easy to make, and packed with amazing flavor!
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!
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