This orange shrimp and broccoli with garlic sesame fried rice is the perfect quick and easy meal for a busy weeknight or for entertaining guests. The sweet and tangy orange sauce only has 4 ingredients and the garlic sesame fried rice elevates the dish into something special.
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Someone told me the other day that there are only 10 weekends until Christmas, can you even believe that? With our crazy warm weather it feels like it’s still summer here in California! I guess it’s time to start thinking about the holidays, hopefully the weather will follow suit sometime soon. When I think of the holidays two things come to mind: food and family. My mom and I make the Thanksgiving and winter holiday feasts together each year. We are usually so consumed by our cooking to-do lists that when our out-of-town guests arrive we order take out for dinner to feed everyone. That is all going to change this year with this orange shrimp and broccoli with garlic sesame fried rice.
This recipe could not be simpler to put together – with just a handful of ingredients you can put together a delicious meal to feed your out-of-town guests in less time than it would take you to get in the car and drive to a restaurant to pick up take out. I often find that the meals leading up to the big event are sometimes even more memorable than the holiday itself – everyone is happy to see each other and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed.
For this recipe you’re going to need some shrimp, broccoli and rice. I like to use Mahatma Rice in my cooking – it comes in a number of varieties, tastes great and always cooks up perfectly fluffy. In this case I chose Mahatma Jasmine Rice, it’s more aromatic than a typical long grain rice which adds a lot of flavor to this dish.
The first step in this recipe is to get the rice going. While the rice is cooking the shrimp and broccoli are cooked and then tossed in the orange sauce. The steamed rice gets quickly pan fried with a generous amount of garlic and sesame and dinner is served!
My family loved this dish and I can’t wait to make it for all of our extended family members when they travel here for Thanksgiving. The shrimp and broccoli stir fry is great on its own but it really becomes something special and company worthy when you serve it with Mahatma Jasmine Rice. You can easily double or triple this recipe if you’re feeding a big crowd, and everyone will be appreciative that you’ve served them a home cooked meal.
Orange Shrimp and Broccoli with Garlic Sesame Fried Rice
- For the shrimp & broccoli:
- 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp (I use 21-25 count)
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
- 1 cup of orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions
- 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds
- For the fried rice:
- 2 cups Mahatma Jasmine Rice
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- In a medium pot, place 3 cups of water and 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a boil, then add 2 cups of Mahatma Jasmine Rice. Bring the water back to a boil then turn the heat to low, cover the pot and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.
- While the rice is cooking, heat a large pan over medium high. Add the broccoli to the pan along with 2 tablespoons of water; cook for 3-5 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
- Season the broccoli with salt and pepper to taste and then remove it from the pan and set aside.
- Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and return it to medium high heat. Add the 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil; after the oil is hot add the shrimp in a single layer and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side or until pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
- Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the orange juice, soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture has reduced by half and is starting to turn syrupy.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of cold water and add the mixture to the pan. Boil for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and broccoli and cover with foil to keep warm.
- To make the fried rice heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute - be careful to not let the garlic burn. Add the rice, sesame oil and sesame seeds to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve: place the rice on a platter and top with the shrimp and broccoli mixture. Garnish with the sliced green onions and 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds. Serve immediately.