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Easy Shrimp and Celery Stir Fry

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    This Shrimp and Celery Stir Fry is a perfect quick meal on a weeknight. With the ingredients available in the fridge, this dish comes out in no time!

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    Did you enjoy the taste of Ketchup while growing up? I don’t remember if I liked Ketchup as much as my kids love it now. My husband loves Ketchup because it reminds him of his happy childhood eating corn dog smeared in Ketchup or having Ketchup fried rice for dinner. If there is something my kids refused to eat, I sometimes give them the option of dipping in Ketchup. They will eat it right away. What a magical condiment!

    Shrimp and Celery with Ketchup Tobanjiang Sauce on a plate.

    So today I will share a stir-fried recipe with Ketchup. Don’t worry – the amount of Ketchup is not so overwhelming. If my kids weren’t that crazy with Ketchup, I wouldn’t have known tobanjang and Ketchup is an amazing match. I hope you and your kids enjoy this sauce.

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    Shrimp and Celery with Ketchup Tobanjiang Sauce on a white plate.
    Easy Shrimp and Celery Stir Fry
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    20 mins

    If there is something my kids refused to eat, I sometimes give them the option of dipping in Ketchup.  They will eat it right away.  What a magical condiment! So today I will share a stir-fried recipe with Ketchup. 

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: ketchup, stir fry shrimp
    Servings: 2
    Author: Namiko Chen
    1. Cut celery in half lengthwise, and slice diagonally.
      celery sliced diagonally on cutting board
    2. Beat the egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. In a wok, heat 2 Tbsp sesame oil on high heat. When you start to see smoke coming from the oil, pour egg and turn off heat.
      egg pouring into a wok with oil
    3. With remaining heat, make fluffy eggs with chopsticks. Wait a little bit until outer layer start to cook.
      fluffy eggs inside a wok
    4. Fold the egg in from outer layer.
      running eggs cooking inside a wok
    5. Transfer to a plate when the egg is almost cooked.
      eggs almost done cooking inside a wok
    6. In the same wok, add 1 Tbsp. sesame oil on high heat and cook shrimp. When it starts to curl up, add tobanjang and mix well.
      shrimp stir fry in a metal pan
    7. Add celery and stir-fry. Do not over cook as it tastes better when celery still has a little bit of crunchy texture. Then add Ketchup and mix well.
      ketchup pouring into shrimp stir fry in a metal pan
    8. Add the egg back in and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
      egg poured into shrimp stir fry in a metal pan
    Recipe Notes

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