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Sesame Orange Shrimp

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Using egg whites instead of whole eggs (or yolks) in the batter creates a crispier coating; cooking the shrimp in batches (so as not to crowd the pan) also helps. This versatile recipe is equally delicious when prepared with sliced chicken breast, pork loin, or steak.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2004

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, cornstarch, sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until frothy. Add shrimp, and toss to coat.

  2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in two or three batches, cook shrimp until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add more oil to skillet if necessary for remaining batches.

  3. Wipe skillet with a paper towel. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Boil over high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/3 cup, 4 to 5 minutes. Return shrimp to skillet; add scallions, and cook until heated through and coated with sauce, about 1 minute.

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  • eileen.ross@yandex.com
    29 APR, 2016
    Oh my, what can I say that is complimentary enough? This is just one of those special dishes which you could easily serve to guests! I made this last night and my family loved it; even hubbs who is not a sauce lover like my daughter and me. The shrimp was delightful, and I served it with plain while rice, also asparagus and bacon, (another recipe from dear Martha) I will rotate this recipe with chicken, as shown in the video. This is a keeper!
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  • eileen.ross@yandex.com
    29 APR, 2016
    Oh my, what can I say that is complimentary enough? This is just one of those special dishes which you could easily serve to guests! I made this last night and my family loved it; even hubbs who is not a sauce lover like my daughter and me. The shrimp was delightful, and I served it with plain while rice, also asparagus and bacon, (another recipe from dear Martha) I will rotate this recipe with chicken, as shown in the video. This is a keeper!
    Reply
  • eileen.ross@yandex.com
    29 APR, 2016
    Oh my, what can I say that is complimentary enough? This is just one of those special dishes which you could easily serve to guests! I made this last night and my family loved it; even hubbs who is not a sauce lover like my daughter and me. The shrimp was delightful, and I served it with plain while rice, also asparagus and bacon, (another recipe from dear Martha) I will rotate this recipe with chicken, as shown in the video. This is a keeper!
    Reply
  • MS12533876
    24 NOV, 2015
    I loved it. The chicken turned out perfect. I only made a few changes to the sauce. Instead of sugar I replaced it with a tablespoon of honey. I added 1/4 cup of triple sec and some grated orange zest. Don't leave off the chopped green onions at the end. They seem to cut the sweetness off the sauce. I can't wait to do the shrimp. It was truly better then I have ever purchased in a restaurant.
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  • ritakml
    4 OCT, 2013
    Done it for 7 people and everybody loved it. Totally saving this one. I will be doing it again!
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  • jkurokawa
    6 AUG, 2012
    I thought this recipe was quite good! I added an additional tbsp of soy sauce and some red pepper flakes and the sauce really came alive.
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  • irleshay
    28 SEP, 2011
    I have to go along with the consensus that this recipe was OK, but had nothing to wow me. Not sure I would make it again. Shrimp were slightly crispy, but they and the sauce were bland. I have better shrimp recipes.
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  • MS112702038
    7 FEB, 2011
    This dish is OK. Nothing out of this world, however with some tweeking perhaps it could be? I agree that the sauce is a little lack lustre, and when I had to reheat the prawns up in the second step of the recipe, they went a little soggy..
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  • CookieDoh
    26 JAN, 2011
    I fully intend to add garlic n' chilli's to my sauce- nothin' like a sweet and sticky chilli sauce :) And l.ittle dash more soy than it says is always good- naughty but good!
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  • jen023
    13 JAN, 2011
    HMM? I wasn't really happy with the flavor of the sauce. It was missing something. The way the shrimp was prepared turned out nice and crispy. Next time I will maybe add more soy sauce and maybe garlic and sesame oil.
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