30 minute Vietnamese shrimp and rice noodle bowls are a deeply satisfying, better-than-takeout main perfectly suited for busy weeknights. The addictive mix of spicy, sweet, and salty flavors come to life in these low-maintenance noodle bowls. In fact, they may be the best reason I can think of to take a stroll down your supermarket’s international aisle.
I love Vietnamese-style cooking for many reasons, but mostly the way that each dish unites colors, textures, and flavors to engage and excite the senses. Balance compromises every recipe, which always start with fresh ingredients and evolve to something tantalizing and addictive. In place of adding salt, we’re relying on fish sauce—a staple in Southeast Asian cooking—to achieve all the salty, savory goodness this dish needs. Don’t be deterred by its pungent aroma, just a few dashes lends all the funk and savory depth to really bring the flavor home.
Another condiment we’re leaning on for streamlined flavor is chili-garlic sauce. Sure, you could add fresh minced garlic and chiles, but this fiery paste lends a concentrated dose of aromatics and heat that I seriously love.
Ground turmeric lends a unique and earthy note, while fresh ginger adds pungency and pop. Side note: Knobs of fresh ginger will keep in a plastic bag in your produce drawer for about a month, so no need to worry about wasting what you don’t end up using for this recipe.This is the perfect weeknight dinner because it requires very little maintenance and comes together in just 30 minutes. And you won’t believe how fantastic leftovers are once those flavors really have a chance to marry.
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- 1 lb. raw peeled and deveined medium shrimp
- 2 small shallots, sliced thin
- 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Asian chili-garlic sauce
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- ½ tsp. ground turmeric
- 1 (8-oz.) box pad thai rice noodles (such as Annie Chun's)
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- Garnishes: ¼ cup each fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced green onion, and roasted chopped peanuts
- Place shrimp in a large bowl; add shallots, vegetable oil, fish sauce, chili-garlic sauce, lime zest (reserve juice), ginger, and turmeric; gently toss to combine. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Cook noodles according to package instructions. Toss immediately with sesame oil to avoid sticking. Divide evenly into each of 4 bowls.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and marinade; cook 3 to 4 minutes, tossing occasionally to ensure shrimp browns on both sides. Spoon mixture over noodles. Garnish with basil leaves, green onion, and peanuts. Squeeze lime juice overtop.