Vietnamese-Style Shrimp and Watercress Stir-Fry

Vietnamese-Style Shrimp and Watercress Stir-Fry Recipe
Photo: © Kana Okada
The fish sauce and peanuts in this seafood stir-fry are hallmarks of Vietnamese cooking. Ample amounts of fresh ginger and lime juice bump up the flavor of the dish.



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Food & Wine


1/2 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds shelled and deveined medium shrimp
3 shallots, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 6-ounce bunch watercress, large stems discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup salted peanuts, chopped
Rice, for serving


In a small bowl, whisk together the stock, fish sauce, sugar and cornstarch.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the shrimp and cook over high heat, turning once, until just white throughout, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Add the shallots and ginger and stir-fry over high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir the stock mixture, add it to the skillet and bring to a boil. Stir in the watercress, then stir in the shrimp and lime juice and season with pepper. Transfer the stir-fry to bowls, sprinkle with the peanuts and serve with rice.


Marcia Kiesel,

May 2009
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