Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cayenne Shrimp with French-cut Beans

Servings: 4

  • Frozen* French cut beans - 1 lb (450 gm) bag, defrosted
  • Shrimp - 1 lb (400 gms), devein**
  • Onion - 1 med, finely chopped
  • Garlic cloves - 2, minced
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • 1. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a non-stick wok. Add the onions and salt. Saute till they are translucent.
  • 2. Add the garlic, saute to infuse the fragrance. Add the cleaned shrimps and all the dry spices. Saute till they are curled up and bright red, and the oil has separated from any moisture released from the shrimps.
  • 3. Meanwhile, place the defrosted beans in a microwavable bowl, sprinkle 1.2 tsp of salt and microwave on high for 2 min.
  • 4. Add the beans to the shrimp, saute on high heat till the excess moisture released from the beans have evaporated, for about 4-6 min. Turn the heat off.
  • 5. Serve with plain white rice or with any side of your choice.
*You can of course use fresh beans. If you choose to do so, wash and cut them in french style. In a microwavable bowl, place the cut beans, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook in the microwave for 3-4 min, until they are softened but still crisp and bright green.
** You can also remove the shell and the tail if you do not like it.


  1. hi there! what is french style cutting beans??? i mean how can i use fresh beans instead of froz. thx

  2. You can definitely use fresh beans, by all means do that... I just like the frozen ones, because you can find them already chopped up, so less work :)..
    If you are using fresh beans, then cut the tips and tails off the beans, half them lengthwise, and then chop them diagonally to about 1.5 inch pcs. thats about it.. :) hope it helps