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Spicy Banana Shrimp Stir-Fry

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Makes 4 servings.
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It never occurred to us to add bananas to stir-fry, but after testing this recipe contest entry for Spicy Banana Shrimp Stir-Fry, we realized we were missing out! Congratulations to Frank Millard of Wisconsin for his first place win in the 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac recipe contest for bananas.


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons minced or grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons agave syrup or honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Set aside.


1/2 pound angel hair pasta
1-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons finely minced red onion
1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1-1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, warm canola oil. Add onions and peppers and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds more. Add bananas, pineapple, and shrimp and continue to stir-fry until shrimp are fully cooked. Season with salt and black pepper. Add pasta to wok and toss to combine.

Re-whisk dressing, then stir into wok mixture. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Taste again for seasonings, adding more salt and black pepper if desired. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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