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    Gluten-free Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry

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      Shrimp, sesame oil, spices and and vegetables make a great stir-fry meal.

    Caption: Shrimp and vegetables make a great stir-fry meal. Photo: CC--Mike Mozart

    Celiac.com 05/23/2017 - Want a quick, tasty stir-fry that is almost certain to please? This recipe combines tender, juicy shrimp with sesame oil, spices, vegetables, and teriyaki sauce, to make a delightful gluten-free meal.


    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup uncooked white rice
    • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
    • 3 green onions, sliced
    • 3 tablespoons gluten-free teriyaki sauce
    • ½ pound sugar snap peas
    • 2-3 brown or Shitake mushrooms, fresh, cut to bite sized pieces
    • 2-3 stalks of asparagus, cut to bite sized pieces
    • â…› cup cornstarch
    • ¾ cup chicken broth
    • ¼ teaspoon salt

    Prepare rice according to directions.

    In a large plastic food storage bag, combine shrimp, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, sesame seeds and black pepper.

    Allow to marinate for about an hour, and up to 8 hours, in the refrigerator.

    Heat sesame oil in a large wok or skillet.

    Add red bell pepper, asparagus, mushrooms and green onions, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, until soft.

    Add teriyaki sauce.

    Add peas and shrimp with seasoning, and sauté a few minutes, or until shrimp are opaque.

    Stir cornstarch into chicken broth and add to wok; cook, stirring until mixture boils.

    Season to taste with salt.

    Serve over rice.

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    In Asian cooking, sesame oil is a *FINISHING INGREDIENT*, not a fry-oil. (Literally, you add about 3 drops to the wok just before plating.) Also, "serve with rice" is not the same as "serve over rice". The Chinese tradition is to serve the rice on the side, so that the "stickiness" of the rice is not ruined by the addition of sauce--therefore the rice can still be easily eaten with chopsticks. The use of teriyaki sauce (in addition to the other ingredients) shows that this recipe is pretty much Japanese-American fusion. When will a Celiac[dot]com writer be focusing on authentic Sichuan-style cuisine? Because it really lends itself well to the gluten-free paradigm!

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    Most teriyaki sauce is not gluten free (because it contains soy sauce). You might want to specify gluten-free teriyaki sauce in this recipe, so new celiacs won't assume just any teriyaki sauce is okay.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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