For a quick and easy meal that is bursting with flavor, try this caramelized chile shrimp stir-fry recipe. Paired with thin vermicelli noodles and broccoli, you’ll be enjoying a balanced meal in less than 30 minutes!

Servings: 4


  • 6 ounces vermicelli noodles
  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium fish sauce
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Step 1: In a heavy 12-inch skillet, heat 1 inch of water to boiling on high. Add the noodles and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until just tender. With tongs, transfer the noodles to a colander. Rinse under cold water and drain.

Step 2: When the water in the skillet returns to boiling, add the broccoli. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender-crisp. Then, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the green onion and salt. Wipe the skillet dry.

Step 3: In the same skillet, cook the sugar and water on medium-high (stirring just until the sugar dissolves) for 3 to 4 minutes or until the mixture turns dark amber in color. Then, stir in the oil, garlic and red pepper. Cook for 10 seconds, then stir in the fish sauce and shrimp.

Step 4: Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the shrimp are opaque throughout, stirring frequently. Then, remove from heat, and stir in the cilantro and black pepper.

Step 5: Divide the noodles and broccoli among serving plates. Spoon the shrimp with sauce over the top of the noodles.

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