Pineapple Shrimp

Pineapple Shrimp

First and foremost I would like to announce that, with the help ofThe Bakers’ Hotline over at King Arthur Flour, I have rectified my sourdough problem and successfully baked two baguettes this weekend. Hopefully, with a little practice, I will perfect my dream version of sourdough. I’m also really happy to know that my readers believe in emergency chocolate. It really can work miracles, no?

Moving on. In this recipe, I used a vegetable with which many people may not be so familiar:Kohlrabi. I acquired my first kohlrabi last week when I told my dad to bring me back some interesting vegetables from the Vietnamese market. We see them everywhere, so he decided to pick one up. If you haven’t tried kohlrabi before, give one a try the next time you’re in an ethnic market–it’s as unoffensive as vegetables can get. So, what exactly is Kohlrabi? According to its Wikipedia article, Kohlrabi is actually a specially cultivated form of cabbage despite the fact that it looks like a large round turnip the color of green tomatoes.  It is also not a root. It’s very common in ethnic markets, and is the top vegetable in Kashmir. Once you get past the outside skin, its texture and taste are similar to broccoli stems, but it’s a bit heartier. You can eat it raw or cooked, sauteed or fried, and mixed into soups and curries. It seemed like the perfect addition to tonight’s food–nice and crunchy.

The following recipe also contains something that you will almost never see me use: canned fruit. I’m not a big fan of frozen or canned food unless it’s an essential that’s only packaged that way. I don’t eat frozen meals, and the only frozen foods I really do eat are waffles, fruit, ravioli/tortellini and the occasional pizza. Oh, and ice cream and the thingsI freeze. I think frozen vegetables are kind of gross and cook up all soggy, and that canned vegetables are even worse. I’ll eat canned beans so long as they haven’t been refried. And I’ll eat canned tuna (without mayonnaise) and soup on occasion. Canned fruit? Not so much. My one exception is pineapple in its own juice. I find cutting pineapples to be a big pain and feel like I’m paying for the rind and nothing else. But canned pineapple? It’s pretty damned good and available year round. It also prevents me from doing all  that work (read: scratching up my hands) and ending up with sour fruit. Very little is worse than spending money and time on food that you can’t eat. If you want to take the risk, please go ahead. I’m just going to sit over here in my world of canned pineapple and eat food I know tastes good. iheartgiraffes

Ingredients (Serves 4-5)
1 pound shrimp, deveined & peeled
1 can pineapple chunks or the equivalent in fresh pineapple
Steamed rice or vermicelli noodles

1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
3 scallions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. pineapple juice
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt

2 medium carrots, julienned
1 medium onion, julienned
1 kohlrabi, julienned (or use 2 zucchini or 3 smaller summer squash)
3 baby bok choy, julienned
other vegetables, such as broccoli, mushrooms or peppers, julienned
2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
reserved marinade from shrimp
salt, to taste


1. Two hours prior to dinner (or that morning), mix marinade. Place in large bowl or large ziplock bag along with cleaned shrimp. Make sure shrimp is fully coated. Let sit in fridge for at least 2 hours.

2. At some point, julienne your vegetables. I don’t have a mandolin and am afraid of cutting off my fingers cutting hard vegetables like carrot and kohlrabi, so I used the coarse side of a box grater. If you don’t have kohlrabi, use squash. I would have if I had any. And if you are going to julienne bok choy, fold the leaves under the stem and press down. This way you cut the leaves and stem at the same time.

3. If using rice, start cooking the proper amount of time prior to mealtime. If using vermicelli, follow directions on the back of packaging. Vermicelli is normally boiled for 3-4 minutes, drained and then placed in cold water to cool down. Lukewarm noodles make this dish much nicer in the summer.

4. About 10 minutes before your base is done, heat one large saute pan (or wok), and a smaller one for the shrimp.

5. Remove shrimp from marinade and mix in with pineapple chunks. Take remaining marinade and mix in with vegetables, 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce, and a tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Don’t salt to taste yet–there was raw shrimp in the liquid!

Veggies in sauce.

6. In small pan, place shrimp and pineapple chunks. Meanwhile, start sauteing the vegetables in your larger pan.

7. Cooking time should take approximately 5 minutes. Watch your shrimp, flipping when cooked on one side. The vegetables should be hot, but maintain their crunch, so don’t overcook.

8. Serve vegetables and shrimp on top of the rice or noodles.

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Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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