Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish.


"When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere."
-Calvin Trillin, Writer

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I like spicy food but not too spicy. The regular version of this recipe calls for one red chili pepper. While I find that mild you might find that it's too much of a GERD trigger for you.

One way to control how much spiciness is in dishes like this one is to use chili oil. This is widely available now, and very common in Asian markets, but your grocery probably carries it.

Simply replace some of the oil that you use to stir fry with the chili oil. Start slowly at first -- a half teaspoon for two servings may be enough for you (it is for me). Each time you cook use a little more if you want more heat. It's great to have around and adds the flavor of a spicy chili pepper but you don't have to take the time to seed and mince.


Kung Pao Shrimp - GERD / Acid Reflux Friendly Version

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 4 ounces shrimp with vegetables and rice

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

16 ounces shrimp (peeled and deveined)
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sake or sweet white wine
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 tsp cornstarch
2 cups water
1 cup jasmine rice
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 inch ginger root (peeled and minced)
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce (divided)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts (chopped coarsely)

Place the 2 teaspoons soy sauce, sake, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey and cornstarch in a bowl and stir until well blended. Add the shrimp and toss until coated. Place the bowl in the refrigerator.

While the shrimp is marinating place the water in a medium sauce pan over high heat. When the water boils, stir in the jasmine rice.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for about 25 - 30 minutes.

Do not boil away all of the liquid and do not stir the rice.

When a very small amount of liquid remains, remove the pan from the burner and let it stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

Add the sesame oil and heat for a few moments. Reduce the heat to medium and add the ginger. Cook for about one minute.

Add the shrimp and cook for about one minute until lightly browned on the outside.

Add the rice vinegar and soy sauce. Cook the shrimp tossing frequently. When the shrimp is nearly done add the water and stir until well blended. When the shrimp is cooked through serve over the rice and top with the peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces shrimp with vegetables and rice

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 402 Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 521mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 8% Iron 30%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 359 mg
Magnesium 23 mg