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Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry …and a peek inside Julia’s Kitchen

Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry

I spotted a shrimp recipe on Pioneer Woman’s amazing site recently and couldn’t wait to make it. I love shrimp, and love anything spicy even more so this was exactly something I knew I had to make. Last night, I was ready to fire up the grill to cook up the shrimp when something like a monsoon came over us. Lightning, rain, thunder, wind…all of it, and very typical of summer in Florida…so needless to say, I wasn’t overly excited about standing in the porch watching delicate shrimp cook up on the grill. It was time to improvise…

Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry

I had a ton of veggies to use up in the fridge…and a brand new wok that I got for a steal at IKEA. So stir fry it will be.

Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry

In a bowl I mixed together some hot chili sauce, a little oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and a couple splashes of fish sauce. Oh and I pressed about 4 or 5 cloves of garlic in there too. I chopped a ton of veggies…squash, zucchini, onion, red pepper and more garlic. Forget the grill…this stir fry was awesome!

Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry

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Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry

Yield: 2- 4 servings


  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 TB hot chili sauce (I use Sriracha - adjust amount to your taste)
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 1 TB rice vinegar
  • 1 TB oil
  • couple of splashes fish sauce
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • small pinch of salt, big pinch of pepper
  • 1-2 zucchinis, chopped in quarters
  • 1-2 yellow squash, chopped in quarters
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced in thin strips
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Combine chili sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, fish sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl to make a sauce. Toss shrimp in sauce and coat completely.
  2. Heat wok over medium-high heat. Add a couple tsp canola oil into wok and sear the shrimp. Once shrimp are just cooked, take out and set aside. Add chopped vegetables and garlic into wok. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5-8 minutes until veggies start to soften. Once veggies are slightly cooked, add back in shrimp and toss to combine, cook for 2-3 minutes more. Serve with cooked soba noodles. Season with more soy sauce, fish sauce or chili sauce to taste.

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While I was in D.C. last weekend I visited the Julia Child exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Now, I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I really don’t know much about Ms. Julia Child. I know of her…but have never watched her shows. With “Julie & Julia” out in the theaters today, the book and then finally after visiting this exhibit, I must say, I am intrigued. I may have to dig up some old shows of hers and settle in on the couch one afternoon and just watch…she seemed like such a lovely spirit. Enjoy a peek in her kitchen…apparently it’s all her stuff, donated by her and set up exactly how she wanted it.

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29 comments on “Firecracker Shrimp Stirfry …and a peek inside Julia’s Kitchen”

  1. First of all I LOVE that shrimp recipe – Just my kind of thing!
    I also love Washington DC and have been to the Smithsonian Museum – fantastic place – a very interesting post thanks for sharing.

  2. mmmmmmmmmmm I love stir fry and shrimp! Fabulous that it has a nice shot of spice too. I can't wait to see Julie and Julia!

  3. That shrimp stir fry looks great! (Unfortunately I can't make shrimp at home because the bf is allergic to all shellfish, but I'll drool over your pictures anyways!)

    Thanks for sharing all those pictures of Julia's kitchen. I really hope to get to DC to see that exhibit one of these days. And I also would love to set aside some time to watch some Julia Child videos.

  4. Love the shrimp and pictures. Seeing Julia's kitchen is on my todo list. I just left a comment on CL. Really like the idea of the supper club and would love to join…..I make CL recipes all the time.

  5. Way to improvise on the shrimp! It looks great. My son would love it, I am sure.
    Thanks for all the pics of the Julia Child exhibit too. How fun.

  6. YUM!!! I LOVE that kichen – wow – makes me need some more pots and pans fo sho!

  7. Love the kitchen pictures! What a joy she was…can't wait to see the movie 🙂

  8. Great pics! I was in Washington, DC a couple of weeks ago and of course had to go to the Smithsonian to see Julia's kitchen. I had the pleasure of being in her actual kitchen in Cambridge in the late 1990s and it was such fun to see it reassembled. Already have my tickets to see Julie/Julia this afternoon!

  9. Love your quick thinking on this dish!

    I would love to see the Julia Child exhibit when we go to DC!

  10. Love the pictures! So cool!

  11. This shrimp recipe sounds so delicious!

  12. Hey! Thanks for the info on joining the CL Virtaul Supper Club. I signed up pronto. IT looks like such fun!
    Your shrimp dish looks fabulous!! Way to improvise. :o)
    I am looking forward to seeing the J & J movie, but I would really love to get to see that exhibit, too. Someday, I hope!

  13. How fantastic to enjoy a bit of culinary history and peek at Julia's kitchen…very exciting! The shrimp looks amazing.

  14. What a yummy stirfry with those shrimp and summer veggies! The JC exhibit looks like fun, I'm going to see the movie tonight and already looking forward to it!

  15. The shrimp looks great! This is my first time here, love your blog!
    I went to Washington in July and took pictures of Julia's kitchen. Loved it!

  16. What a neat post! How fitting with the upcoming box office hit too. That kitchen was totally decked out—man!

  17. Thanks for sharing the pics of Julia's kitchen. I remember she used to cook in this kitchen for her Julia and Friends show. You should watch some of her old shows. She's hilarious. I used to watch them when I was a kid, because I used to watch the Frugal Gourmet.

  18. Julia was my idol. She came on the scene when I was a new bride and I learned my passion for cooking partly because of her. Thanks for sharing the pics of her kitchen. I want to see Julie and Julia next week and Julia's birthday is Aug. 15th. I'm sure a lot of people will be blogging her recipes. Your shrimp looks awesome.

  19. The shrimp recipe looks fabulous! Thanks for posting the pics of Julia's kitchen…I hope to it in person some day!

  20. I saw the Firecracker shrimp on Ree's site too and have wanted to try it. I think it turned out wonderfully as a stir fry. It looks delicious!

    Julia was wonderful. How exciting to see her kitchen. I've been meaning to get my butt up to the Smithsonian to see it…I just always get hung up with other stuff when we go up that way!

    Definitely look for some old French Chef episodes. If you can't find them…let me know. I've got them all, I could burn them for you. They'd be in DIVX format though, but most newer DVD players play that!

  21. The shrimp recipe looks amazing Aggie.

    I can't wait to watch the movie Julie and Julia – thanks for the photos of her kitchen.

  22. Oh yum!!!

    And I am excited to see the movie too!

  23. Hi Aggie. I made your Firecracker Shrimp tonight and it was awesome! My husband is a fan of this one too! Good, healthy and not bad on the wallet either…love that!

    I was introduced to you by Scarlett at the Y one day. She sent me the link to your blog and I love it. Next up the pan fried tilapia with chimichuri sauce!

  24. OOO, I just picked 2 zucchinis from the garden! Thanks!1

  25. Mmm I love everything in that stir fry! You're so lucky you got to see Julia's kitchen!

  26. do you remember how I couldn't get onto your blog? well I can now, or least this time I did. did anyone say to you the problem was fixed? I know others had the same problem as me.
    well, yes it's good to be back. thanks for your kinds words sweetie.
    I used to watch julia child all the time as a child, I watched her over sesame street anyday. I was a chef in the making huh?

  27. i've become rather intrigued with julia now that the movie has come out. the shrimp dish looks incredible!

  28. Great looking shrimp! I'm reading My Life in France by Julia Child right now, and I can't wait to finish it so I can see the movie!

  29. I love all things spicy – I'll have to give this one a try.

    I too, don't know much about Julia Child, but I have read articles that her "Joy of Cooking" cookbook has been flying off the shelves lately!!