Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon and Basil -a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made in just 15-minutes! Low-carb and GF. 

Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon and Basil -a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made in just 15-minutes! Low-carb and GF. Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not. -Mooji

This 15-minute, Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon and Basil is very simple to make, yet surprisingly tasty!

Instead of using Asian flavors here, we are keeping it very light and springy with lemon and basil.

Vegan adaptable, this can be made with tofu and is gluten-free.

It’s a quick skillet meal that is low in carbs with a huge proportion of veggies- in this case, delicious spring asparagus, which just so happens to be in season!

Of course, you can serve it over rice, quinoa, or couscous.

15 Minute Lemon Basil Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus- a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made with shrimp, tofu or chicken. | www.feastingathome.com #glutenfree

Meals at home, become more and more simple. I try to pick one seasonal veggie- in this case, asparagus and build a meal around it using what’s in my pantry or freezer.

In this recipe, you can use raw or cooked shrimp, tofu or even chicken!

The main focus here is the fresh spring asparagus.

Ingredients in Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry

  •  olive oil
  • shallot
  • garlic cloves
  • fresh  asparagus
  •  shrimp (raw or cooked) or use crispy tofu (see notes) or chicken
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon – zest and juice
  • Fresh Basil leaves, cut into ribbons ( or try Thai Basil!)
  • chili flakes- optional but delicious

15 Minute Lemon Basil Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus- a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made with shrimp, tofu or chicken. | www.feastingathome.com #glutenfree

What I love about this Shrimp Asparagus Stir fry is how fast and easy it is to make! Once the ingredients are prepped, cooking just takes a few minutes.

15 Minute Lemon Basil Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus- a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made with shrimp, tofu or chicken. | www.feastingathome.com #glutenfree #cavit

Set a simple table. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine.

It doesn’t have to be fancy to be special.

Every meal, even simple ones can be a way to celebrate the day!

Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon and Basil -a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made in just 15-minutes! Low-carb and GF. 

 

On the homefront: We’ve settled in nicely into our smaller house. I’m discovering, contrary to an old belief,  that it really doesn’t take much to feel peace and contentment in my space. My soul desires really simple things- sunlight, green and a little piece of sky. I have that all here. Beautiful simplicity.

When I was younger, I was always striving. I was incredibly ambitious.  Perhaps it was because on some level I felt less-than, or had to prove something, and perhaps having and doing more would make me feel like I was “more”. I had dreams of how my life should be, and didn’t allow myself to be fully and deeply happy until these “goals”and a whole list of other conditions were met.

As I gradually achieved things on my “conditions for happiness”  list, I noticed I would just add more and more things to the list, instead of feeling satisfied or happy for my accomplishments.

It wasn’t just “things” on the list. But ideas of who I thought I was.  I created layers of identity, to help define “me” to the outside world. While I managed this “identity”, real-life unfolded.

My three greatest fears, in this order, all came true – I would get a divorce, my mother would die,  and I would end up having to take care of my “difficult” father.

All three came to fruition and of course more.  And each one, in their own difficult yet beautiful way, felt like the universe (or perhaps my own soul) was taking a sledgehammer to the thick wall of identity I built around myself. It was incredibly painful. But thankfully, each event created a crack in this facade, or as I see now, an opening.  The walls came crumbling down.

For many years I stood within the broken down fortress of my identity,  afraid and overwhelmed by all the rubble, hopelessly trying to patch it back up.  But then a day came when I realized that I could simply walk out. That I no longer needed it, and that it was not really “me” and could leave it behind if I chose to.

I began to feel this incredible freedom. All the “shoulds” I carried around for decades, began to fall away. I felt light. Free.

Lately, I feel this beautiful peace inside, like I am just floating down a river, and that the river is carrying me. Holding me.  No more swimming upstream, just trusting the flow of life.  This is not to say, that nothing goes wrong and everything is perfect- far from it, but the hard stuff seems like it’s exactly what I need.

I’m worrying less about what is around the bend. Doors open, and I trust enough to walk through them. Doors close, and I trust this too- instead of beating down the door like I would have in the past… ahahaha! 😉

15 Minute Lemon Basil Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus- a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made with shrimp, tofu or chicken. | www.feastingathome.com #glutenfree

Enjoy this simple happy meal.

xoxo

Sylvia

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Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon and Basil -a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made in just 15-minutes! Low-carb and GF. 

Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with lemon and basil


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Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry with Lemon and Basil -a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made in just 15-minutes! Low-carb and GF.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot- diced
  • 46 garlic fat cloves- rough chopped
  • 1016 ounces asparagus
  • 1012 ounces shrimp ( raw or cooked) or use pan-seared tofu ( see notes)
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste ( start with ½ teaspoon)
  • 1 lemon – zest and juice
  • 10 basil leaves, cut into ribbons ( or try Thai Basil!)
  • chili flakes- optional but delicious

Serve over creamy polenta, rice, quinoa or on its own. 🙂


Instructions

  1. Thaw shrimp in cold water.
  2. Heat oil in an extra-large skillet over medium heat. Saute shallot until tender about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add asparagus. Stir frequently and season generously with salt and pepper for about 2-3 minutes or longer if extra thick. Add shrimp to the middle of the pan, season with salt and pepper and cook until warmed through or just cooked through.
  4. Squeeze with lemon juice form one lemon toss, and cover pan for 1-2 minutes until asparagus is tender and vibrant green. Taste, adjust salt and lemon.
  5. Right before serving, stir in the fresh basil ribbons. Divide among two bowls and top with lemon zest and chili flakes. Serve with chopsticks. Enjoy!
  6. Feel free to serve over rice, polenta, quinoa or on its own.

Notes

If making this with pan-seared tofu or chicken, pan-sear it first in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper. Set aside, then add to pan after asparagus is cooked.

For extra richness, add a pat of butter at the very end of cooking- for example- I’ll often add this to my husband’s portion after I take mine out. This way he’s happy with his buttery shrimp and I’m happy with my lighter version. 🙂

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  1. Super simple and delicious recipe. One of our go-tos when we’re low on food in the house since it also works well with frozen asparagus.

  2. Cooking this tonight. Thank you for your recipes they are absolute trustworthy gold! I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your “on the home front” portion of the post along with the recipe of course. I thought it was beautiful and gave me pause to think …which I am most grateful for at this time.

  3. Amazing dish! Simple and full of flavor. This is now one of our quick go-to recipes! Thank you, Sylvia! 😊

  4. Hi Sylvia– do you think this would be good served on top of a grain or pasta? I’m looking for a bit more calories but don’t want to mess up the flavors or textures. Any suggestions? If it’s best unadulterated, I’m thinking just paired with some homemade bread rolls? Any spices or herbs that would go well in the bread for this dish? You’re the expert and have never steered me wrong so I’ll defer to you 🙂 Also…pre adding 5-stars because I have NEVER made one of your recipes that deserved less and I’ve made a ton of them.

    1. Awww thanks Nikki~! I think it would be fine over a grain or pasta! Or even just rice!

  5. Made it for Valentine’s dinner. We loved it.
    We don’t use a lot of salt, so I will decrease to 1/4 teaspoon to start next time. The amounts of ingredients and cooking times were right on.

  6. Sooo good! bright flavors and the chili flakes gave it a perfect kick! Quick week night dinner!