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Sesame Orange Shrimp

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.

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  • Servings: 4
Sesame Orange Shrimp

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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