This is the best summer stir-fry in the whole wide world.
The whole entire world.
(Why would you ever doubt me??)
It's easy to make and it uses an abundance of fresh summer produce. The flavors come together beautifully. It's at once savory and bright without being heavy.
I'm telling you, it's the best.
This is one of those meals meant for eating outside on the porch with good company, glasses of sweet iced tea, and with a lazy summer evening breeze blowing. Good times and one of the last hurrahs of summer.
Fresh Summer Stir-Fry
*based on The Pioneer Woman's recipe
*I recently learned an extremely important tip for cooking shrimp - to ensure that your shrimp doesn't become soggy, after rinsing the shrimp it is imperative that you pat the shrimp completely dry. They cook much better this way. Any moisture that is left from rinsing the shrimp will turn to steam when you cook them and result in a soggy, unappetizing mess.
1. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into a heavy cooking skillet and warm over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
2. Add only the zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and corn and saute until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook.**
3. Remove the vegetables and place into a large bowl. Set aside.
4. Add a little more olive oil (just enough so that the shrimp won't stick to the pan) and turn the heat up to medium-high. Immediately add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp is light pink in color, about 3 minutes. (I thought the shrimp needed a little more flavor, so I added a little garlic salt.)
5. Turn the heat down to medium and add the vegetables including the tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Saute everything until the tomatoes have started to soften a bit, about 3 minutes. Once again, do not overcook.
6. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice and the fresh basil. Stir well to combine.
7. Enjoy warm and with slices of good, crusty bread.
**You may need to do this in two batches if all the vegetables won't fit easily into the skillet.
Happy Monday, friends! I hope you enjoy this simple and fresh summer dish.
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