Shrimp and Pineapple Stir Fry Bowl is a party for the palate!
January seems to be “bowl” month at the Bennett House. I find myself making all sorts of bowl food for dinner. On occasion it shows up for lunch like my Easy Spicy Chicken Vegetable and Rice Bowl or my Spring Roll Bowl.
After the hectic pace of the holiday season, a warm bowl of nourishing ingredients feels perfect for this winter season.
And just because it’s in a bowl, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. I adore pairing shrimp with the vibrant, tropical flavor of pineapple. It makes a lovely sort of Ying and Yang all in one meal.
The shrimp is pan-seared for extra flavor and then added to fresh peppers, onions, garlic, ginger and herbs and then combined with diced pineapple. When it’s served over the stir fried rice and topped with fresh cilantro, it tastes like sunshine in a bowl. Just what we need here in the Pacific Northwest during mid-winter.
I have to admit, the first time I tested my Shrimp and Pineapple Stir Fry Bowl I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it. I like shrimp, but sometimes it takes a lot of additional fresh ingredients to dress up the sometimes bland flavor of shrimp.
It’s not like shrimp is spectacular in taste on it’s own, like crab or lobster. That doesn’t mean shrimp can’t be delicious. It just means when using shrimp as a main ingredient in a recipe, it’s got to be highly seasoned, marinated, grilled or pan seared in good ole fashioned ghee for optimum flavor. Getting a good sear on a well-seasoned shrimp makes for one delicious shrimp meal.
There are a lot of shrimp options out there but I have to tell you, quality matters. I buy only fresh (or flash frozen), wild brown or pink shrimp from either the Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific. But there are additional excellent options from other locations around the world. Check out Seafood Watch for all your best shrimp options.
In the middle of winter this Shrimp and Pineapple Stir Fry Bowl tastes like a lovely reprieve and a glowing vision of the new seasons to come.
I hope your New Year is off to a great start! I’ll leave you with a little something humorous, because it totally made me laugh out loud. “I’ve decided my 2019 will start on February 1st. January is a free trial month”. ~word porn from Instagram. Seriously, my year started out with me and a box of tissues on my sofa. So I love this idea! 🙂
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!