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July 16, 2009

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage

I've never been a big fan of cooked cabbage, though I do like raw cabbage. Recently I've had the desire to play around with the cooked variety so when I was at the market the other day I picked up a small head of Chinese Cabbage.

Most of the time cooked cabbage is cooked in a way that just becomes this big, mushy, sort of sulfuric tasting mess, thus why I didn't like it. I have had cooked cabbage in Asian dishes before that didn't turn out that way and actually tasted good, so I knew it was possible. I decided to play around with pan "frying" in a little bit of olive oil to see what would happen and I have to say I was very pleased! Paired with some cooked shrimp it made the perfect meal!

What You'll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small Chines cabbage, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Brown rice vinegar
1 pound of shrimp, shelled and deveined

Chop cabbage and place in a medium sized pan or pot with some extra virgin olive oil, garlic, a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Cabbage Ready to Cook

Sprinkle with a few shakes of brown rice vinegar and cook until cabbage is slightly soft and browned, stirring often:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Cooked Cabbage

Be careful and don't let it get mushy. No one wants mushy cabbage! ;oP

While the cabbage is cooking you will also begin cooking your shrimp. The last time I made shrimp someone asked me how to actually devein them so I'm including a little "how to" on that. Excuse my green fingernail polish...Miss G wanted to paint our fingernails and she picked the colors. She got "Blu" and I got "Emerald City". The things I do for her! ;oP

Now shrimp...You can buy them already deveined if you can find them that way, if not see below.

First rinse your shrimp well and remove the shells. Next you want to locate the vein:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Vein

Now here's the tricky part...Sometimes the vein is on the underneath of the shrimp and other times it is along the back. I guess it depends on the type of shrimp. I've bought shrimp that had them in either location. The removing process is the same despite of where it is located. As you can see the vein is running just below the surface of the under side of the shrimp in this variety.

Take a paring knife and run it along the meat of the shrimp just above the vein:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Cutting

This will open up the shrimp and expose the vein.

Take your knife and run it under the edge of the vein:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Removing Vein

Gently remove the vein and throw away.

Once you've done that your shrimp will look like this:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Deveined

See the vein is gone!

Repeat that process until the shrimp are all deveined.

Next you want to generously salt and pepper your shrimp:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Ready to Cook

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add some olive oil and then place the shrimp in the pan. Cook shrimp on each side roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute until pink on both sides:

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage: Cooked Shrimp

Be careful when cooking shrimp...They literally cook within a minute or two. If you take them too far you'll end up with rubbery, tough shrimp and that's no fun.

Place a bed of cabbage on a plate and top with cooked shrimp.

Notes: You could do this with scallops instead if you preferred.

Update: The next day I still had some left over shrimp and cabbage in the fridge so I thought I'd make a salad with them. Turned out great! I tossed in some mushroom, avocado and cucumber with the cooked shrimp and cabbage and it made a great lunch!

Shrimp With Pan "Fried" Chinese Cabbage Becomes Salad

It's fun to take left overs and add to them! Who knew this would be good chilled too? But it was!

Posted by Dianne at July 16, 2009 8:43 AM

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Comments

That looks delish! I love all seafood, especially shrimp! You are a wonderful mom for wearing green nail polish!

Posted by: Noelle Markus at July 16, 2009 8:50 PM

On Sunday we were out and about and someone actually asked me what color it was and where I got it...Apparently it was the perfect color for her sister's sports team and she had been looking for polish just that color! That amused me.

Posted by: Dianne at July 17, 2009 9:50 AM

I LOVE cabbage, raw or cooked and shrimp is always good so I'll be giving this one a try! Your salad the following day looks and sounded good, too!
~ingrid

Posted by: ingrid at July 20, 2009 10:47 PM

Hope you enjoy it!

Posted by: Dianne at July 21, 2009 1:46 PM

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