Shrimp, Cabbage, and Bell Pepper Stir Fry

Stir-fries are a quick route to preparing good food. I like mine with coconut aminos and fish sauce. Coconut aminos are a healthy substitute for soy sauce that adds great flavor to foods and fish sauce is another important ingredient in Asian cooking. I have recently begun to use Red Boat Fish Sauce from Vietnam. One of my roommates in college was from Vietnam, but really, Red Boat is the best stuff I could find.

Prep Time and Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredient list:

20 or so frozen, cooked shrimp
1/4 to 1/3 head of green cabbage
1 big red bell pepper
Coconut oil
Coconut aminos
Fish sauce
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Salt

Directions: Place 15-30 frozen shrimp under running water in the sink to defrost quickly. Chop cabbage and bell pepper into bite-sized strips. Melt one or two tablespoons of coconut oil in a wok over medium heat. Add cabbage and bell pepper and stir until coated with hot oil. Season with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to taste. Splash vegetables with coconut aminos and fish sauce to taste. I use twice as much coconut aminos as fish sauce, but like both to add depth of flavor. Stir occasionally for 5 or 10 minutes until cabbage is soft and then add shrimp. Season shrimp with a little garlic powder and black pepper. Cover and let shrimp heat through for several minutes. Taste vegetables and add more seasoning as needed to achieve the taste you like. Transfer everything to a plate and enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Shrimp, Cabbage, and Bell Pepper Stir Fry”

  1. Had 2 lbs of ground beef, cabbages, and lots of bell peppers to use, so did this recipe with beef instead of shrimp and added red & green cabbage, red & yellow bell peppers, carrots, and onions.

    Think I over-browned the beef though as it was dry and ruined the flavor of the vegetables. Wish I’d kept the beef out of it.. Next time will definitely use shrimp

    • Heather says:

      That doesnt sounds bad at all actually, a twist to a cabbage roll recipe. I may try that, maybe with ground turkey?

      • Tom Denham says:

        Ground turkey might work, but you will probably need to apply spices assertively so that it is not too mild.

  2. My husband hates peppers and so many recipes including yours use peppers in them. Do you have any suggestions for substitutes for peppers? I know they give a lot of flavor to food so there must be something else that would flavor food like them.

    • Tom Denham says:

      I dislike green bell peppers, but like red, yellow, and orange ones. I did a comparison taste test one time and they were really different.

      I don’t know of anything else that tastes like peppers, but in this recipe, you could cut half of a big sweet yellow or red onion into half moon slices, cook them until soft in coconut oil, and then add the cabbage and follow the rest of the recipe.

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