Shrimp stir fry usually has an Asian flavor but we thought we’d give it an Italian flair. Instead of soy sauce and ginger, think garlic, lemon, and oregano. We substitute linguine for the rice and add the pasta directly into the shrimp stir fry.
This is a quick one pan meal that takes less than 15 minutes to cook and only 30 minutes to prepare. And for those of you who are sticklers for accuracy, we know we use two pans, one for the pasta and one for the stir fry. You may use the same pot you used for the pasta. Whichever way you do it, we’re sure Italian Style Shrimp Stir Fry will become a family favorite!
Wild caught shrimp vs. farm-raised for the stir fry
As we mentioned in the Salmon with Pesto post, wild-caught is the best and it’s the same with shrimp. We know cost is a factor; it’s the same with us. But when you put the pros and cons side by side, wild-caught wins.
The main problems that shrimp farms post are environmental, community, and health. Let’s take them one by one.
- Environmental: Shrimp farms threaten mangrove forests, coastal wetlands that provide vital habitat for natural fisheries and protect coastlines from damage to storms, hurricanes, and tsunamis. Farmed shrimp is unsustainable. After a few years, disease and pollution deplete the ponds. Farmers search for other areas and so they perpetuate the environmental destruction.
- Community: Shrimp farms takes a toll on the people of coastal communities. Fishing villages who rely on mangroves for food and resources remain poor and without alternatives. The farms also block access to coastal resources which limit access to fishing sites, building materials, food, and medicines.
- Health: Most shrimp farms are so crowded that producers must use high levels of pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals (many of them banned in the United States) in order to prevent disease. Here I’m speaking of imported shrimp.
Wild caught shrimp is seasonal
Just like the best fruit and vegetables are the ones that are in season, so are the wild-caught shrimp. Wild-caught shrimp is sweet, succulent, with a nice firm texture. You can rest assured that there are no added antibiotics or growth hormones.
Shrimpers have to follow stringent regulations and shrimp season is marked and anyone disobeying is heavily fined. By purchasing wild-caught shrimp you are supporting the local economy of the shrimpers, fisheries, as well as the broader U. S. shrimp industry.
Wild caught for shrimp stir fry
Once you take your wild caught shrimp home, you’ll need to peel them and set them in the fridge as you prepare your other ingredients ready. The next steps go quickly.
- Clean and slice the baby Bella mushrooms.
- Measure out the already washed arugula.
- Open can diced tomatoes.
- Dice the fresh Italian parsley, peel and mince the garlic cloves, squeeze 1/2 lemon into a small measuring cup.
- Measure and place in prep dishes the Parmesan cheese, pepper flakes, dried oregano.
- Set out the olive oil and butter
- Get 1/2 of a 1 pound package of linguine.
- Fill a large pot with water for the pasta
Enjoy your Shrimp Stir Fry Italian Style
Everything is done at the last minute so be sure your table is set and your family is ready. All you have to do is call them to dinner. Be prepared to get lots of “YUMS” when you serve this outstanding one pot meal. And the bonus? You don’t have lots of pots and pans to clean up. You can easily double this recipe depending on how many you want to feed.
Tutti a tavola è pronto.
Un caro saluto e alla prossima.
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