Vermicelli noodles is topped with shrimps, shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers stir-fried in olive oil, ginger, garlic, and yellow onion, and seasoned with soy sauce, lime zest, lime juice, and sesame oil in easy appetizers recipe for spicy shrimp pasta adapted from Cooking for Friends. You can also make this pasta recipe using linguine pasta or fettuccini.This Asian-inspired pasta dish makes a vibrant and colorful presentation that is also healthy and can be made a regular part of easy healthy recipes diet. It has a wonderful harmony with a balanced amount of saltiness, zest, tanginess, succulence and spice.
Make sure you cook the vermicelli noodles according to the package directions. The cooking time may vary depending on the brand or label. DO not overcook the pasta or you will end up with soft noodles that will disintegrate. Vermicelli noodles are thin and cook quickly compared to other pasta noodles. The noodles are al dente if it is tender yet firm enough to hold the sauce.
Ingredients: 1 box (8 oz.) uncooked vermicelli, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. ground ginger, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 medium yellow onion, chopped, 3 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms, 2 bell peppers, any color, cut into thin strips, 12 oz. shrimp, peeled and deveined, 2 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp. lime zest, 2 tbsp. lime juice, preferably fresh, 2 tsp. sesame oil
Cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat in a large wok or skillet. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds to release the fragrance. Add onion and stir-fry until translucent, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and peppers and stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Transfer vegetables to another container. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Add the shrimp. Stir-fry until shrimp turns pink, about 2-3 minutes. Put vegetables back in the pan. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir to coat vegetables and heat through. Fill serving plates with pasta and top with shrimp and vegetables. Top with sesame seeds, if desired.
Lime zest and limejuice add brightness and zest to the shrimps and highlight the spice of the garlic and ginger. If you want the dish to be extra spicy, add chili powder or cayenne pepper. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Alternatively, you can make this recipe using other kinds of seafood like lobsters, clams, squid, or crab.You can even make a seafood medley for a more scrumptious dish. Take note, however, that these have different cooking time. You can cook them separately and toss them all together at the end.It is important not to overcook the seafood or you will end up with dried up meat with diminished flavor. Shrimp cooks quite fast over hot fire and you know they are ready when they turn pink. Use fresh seafood that is in season for superior flavor.