Shrimp and Celery Stir Fry

by Sarah

in Asian Dishes, Entrees

Hello! I realize I’ve only posted sugary recipes so far, but rest assured the sugary foods aren’t all I eat. Mostly I post sugary dishes because I bake things on weekend mornings, so I have lots of good lighting and time to take pictures of desserts after I’m done. When it comes to things I normally eat for dinner, it’s usually almost dark or already dark outside when I cook, so it’s hard to take good pictures. But recently I noticed that I can make it look a lot like it’s still daytime by changing some of the settings on my camera, so expect many more dinner recipes to come! Here’s a healthy staple I make very often for dinner.

This dish requires just 4 ingredients — 5 if you count the oil — and is one of the fastest dishes I make for dinner. My rice cooker took about 20 minutes to make rice, during which I finished making this dish (including the time it took to wash and cut the celery!).  It’s really good for a weeknight.

Shrimp Celery Entree

I used frozen shrimp, and thawed them a few hours before cooking. You can either thaw them overnight in the fridge or during the day while you’re at work/school. But if you forgot to thaw the shrimp, you can still thaw them in about a half hour by placing icy shrimp in a bowl of room temperature water. I took the tails off the shrimp before cooking, but the dish can be made the same way with tails on.

While you’re cooking the shrimp, you’ll notice a lot of water seeps out of the shrimp. This is totally normal! But to avoid having soggy celery later, just dump the water into your sink before you add the ginger and celery. If you want all the water out, you can also wipe the inside of the pan with a paper towel after dumping most of the water out — you can wipe the pan while the shrimp are still in it and while the pan is still on the stove. Just do it fast so you don’t burn your hand, and be careful not to drop the paper towel into the flames after.

Shrimp and Celery Stir Fry


  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 8-10 un-frozen shrimp (raw, tail off)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • Salt to taste (~1/4 teaspoon)
  • Oil (~1/2 tablespoon)


  1. 1. Thaw frozen shrimp (if frozen), pull tails off shrimp (optional). Chop celery.
  2. 2. Oil pot. Shimmer shrimp on medium heat till pink on both sides. Keep cap on (except when tossing shrimp) to help shrimp cook faster.Toss shrimp around with a spatula once in a while so they don't burn.
  3. 3. Dump out water that seeps out of the shrimps. Add ginger, celery. Stir.
  4. 4. Add salt to taste. Cap pot on medium heat until celery is fully cooked (looks more translucent).
  5. 5. Serve warm!


*Serves 1-2. Multiply ingredient amounts for increased serving sizes.

Happy Cooking!

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1 Lily October 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Such a gorgeous dish!


2 Don Orwell @ SuperfoodsToday October 11, 2014 at 6:20 am

Wow, such a simple recipe. Stir fries can have so many combinations, it doesn;t have to be beef and broccoli all the time. Thanks for inspiration!!


3 Sarah October 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

I’m glad you like it Don!


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