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Trader Joe's Shrimp Stir Fry with Gourmet Pepper Seasoning

Shrimp Stir-Fry with Gourmet Pepper Seasoning

Ingredients

Broccoli, Farm-Raised Uncooked Shrimp, Sugar Snap Peas, Water Chestnuts, Bean Sprouts, Red Bell Peppers.

Seasoning: Salt, Dextrose, Black Pepper, Citric Acid, Onion Powder, Granulated Garlic, Celery.

Cooking Instructions

  • Heat 1 Tbsp. Oil (optional) in a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.
  • Add the frozen shrimp and stir-fry over high heat for 1 1/2 minutes. Add frozen vegetables and stir-fry for 3 minutes. (Shrimp should turn completely pink.)
  • Add desired level of seasoning and stir-fry for an additional minute. Serve immediately.

Cooking Notes

BE CAREFUL when adding frozen foods to hot oil. We almost set our test kitchen on fire when the ice from the frozen shrimp caused the oil to pop and catch on fire. Point is, don’t heat the oil too much before adding the shrimps. Click here for tips on putting out kitchen grease fires.

Nutrition Facts
2.5 servings per container
Serving size 1 3/4 Cups (181g/6.4oz)

Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat .5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 580mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 10g

Calcium 6mg 1%
Iron 6mg 34%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Who doesn’t like a good stir-fry dinner? It’s one of the easiest dishes to make – just chop up a bunch of veggies, throw them in a pan with some seasoning and toss!

It’s also one of those recipes that doesn’t require you to go by the book – a little of this, a bit of that and you’re done. You like it savory? Add some soy sauce. You like it sweet? Add some teriyaki.

Or get fancy with some sriracha sauce, peanut sauce, hoisin sauce or oyster sauce – the options are endless!

Consequently, because it’s such a quick dish, we were skeptical buying this frozen Shrimp Stir-Fry dish from TJ’s – though the “gourmet pepper seasoning” did pique our interest.

Sadly, this was a mostly disappointing purchase. Aside from the fact what we almost set our kitchen on fire preparing the dish (see Cooking Notes above), we found the stir-fry to be light on shrimp and heavy on filler veggies like the stalk part of the broccoli and water chestnuts. The veggies also were limp and a bit waterlogged. On the plus side, the shrimps were tasty (though a bit salty).

As for the gourmet seasoning? It’s basically a black pepper blend, and it’s kind of one dimensional. We would have preferred a sauce – even if it were a butter or soy sauce. Also, if you plan to make this into a main dish, you’ll need to add in some rice or pasta – the stir-fry can’t really stand on it’s own.

All told, we won’t be buying this item again. You’re better buying a bag of frozen uncooked shrimp (which we find to be a great time- and money-saver compared to fresh shrimp) and making your own stir-fry from scratch. Point is, you’re not saving much time with this frozen stir-fry, and the sacrifice in flavor and quality isn’t worth the time saved.

Did you know this item’s thin plastic package is recyclable? You can’t recycle it with traditional plastic containers, but you can drop it off at most grocery and retail stores – including Trader Joe’s. Click to learn more about recycling plastic bags and wrapping.

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Summary : Though it was easy to prepare, we found this stir-fry to be light on shrimp and heavy on limp, filler veggies. The "gourmet pepper seasoning" was also a bit of a let down. You're better off making your own stir-fry.

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