Happy Birthday WandAS!

Recipe: Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce

This past week marks one year at Wine and a Spoon. It’s hard for me to believe it’s a year already but if I look back in the archives it’s true. Who knew I could cook 52 different things? This has been a learning experience for me. On more than one occasion I’ve been scrambling on Monday night trying to find something new to cook and post about. This recipe is a fine example. I was looking for something quick, easy to make, something new, maybe stir-fry with some kind of citrus. The Google is a wonderful partner. Even if you don’t come up with a full recipe, it can give you a good starting point.

But before we get to that, we’ve got some business to conduct. We’re celebrating our birthday by giving a present to you! Or at least giving you a chance at the present. Amanda, our rules queen and spreadsheet maven, has the full explanation on how to enter but the important part is that today is the last day! So ‘like’ us (really, really like us) or comment on one of our birthday week posts, or pimp us out to all of your friends, or all of those, and get entered to win the sweet, sweet present!

One of the first posts I ever did, in fact it was almost exactly one year ago today, was a kind of general how-to stir-fry (or, at least a how-to stir-fry for round eyes from the midwest). The bottom line in that post was that the sauce makes the meal. Well, I found (or rather, I kind of made up)  a new go-to sauce.

This works with any combination of protein (e.g. shrimp, scallops, chicken, pork, beef, tofu, tempeh) and veggies. The prep is standard for stir-fry.

  • Cut up the protein into bite-sized pieces, same with the vegetables.
  • Group the veggies according to time-to-cook (form longest to shortest).
  • Cook in batches, keeping the batches small enough so that your wok retains heat (sear things, don’t par-boil them).
  • Add aromatics (garlic and ginger) with each batch.
  • After everything has had a chance to cook, combine it all back into the wok and add the sauce, stirring all the while, until the sauce coats everything and thickens slightly.
  • Serve immediately over rice or noodles.

Note the complete absence of action cooking shots? Yeah, my regular photographer was unavailable so the choice here was between cooking and taking pictures. It didn’t seem to me that a bunch of pictures of things not being cooked would add to the post, so I chose cooking over taking pictures. Turns out, that was the right choice.

Rating: I give this a 4 out of 5 glasses of beer because it’s the first time I made it. Next time I’ll add a tsp of orange zest to the sauce to kick the citrus up a notch and it will shoot straight into the 5 glass range. Thanks for following us for a whole year, and I hope you win the prize!

Spicy Orange Stir-fry Sauce

By JT Published: April 24, 2012

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Ready In: 30 mins

a new stir-fry sauce option!



  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Add to wok or skillet after stir-fry ingredients have mostly cooked. Stir to combine, until sauce thickens slightly. Serve immediately.
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10 Responses to Happy Birthday WandAS!

  1. Jen says:

    I will try this sauce… but have a craving to use my huckleberry honey instead of plain.

    • JT says:

      Hmmm, I think using a high-end honey in this sauce would do a disservice to the honey. The delicate flavors imparted by the huckleberry will be swamped by the chili and garlic, but it certainly won’t hurt the sauce1

  2. Michele Guss says:

    Pimped you out to friends on FB (2 liked your page) AND commented, twice! I LOVE the recipes I get from WandAS! Thank you for creating the site and Happy 1 year Anniversary.

  3. Bre says:

    This looks simple and easy, yet delicious. I’ll have to try it at home for dinner one night!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I would totally make this!! Looks awesome!

  5. Jaime Otter says:

    Looks yummy

  6. Sarah says:

    Looks delicious – I think this website is talking me into buying a wok.

  7. Lauren says:

    Always looking for a new stir fry recipe! Looks

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