Main Dishes, Recipes, Seafood and Fish, Soups

Mystery Dish: Sesame Ginger Shrimp Ramen Noodles

Ramen noodles can be classy too! They aren’t just college student food. These ramen noodles feature shrimp–REAL sesame ginger seasoned shrimp–and lots of yummy vegetables, all cooked in a delightful ginger-chili broth.

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This dish is genius, if I do say so myself. I’ve made a fancified ramen dish before [check it out!] and ever since then, I’ve been dreaming about ramen noodles… but not the uber salty college kind. Ramen noodles with real food. Mmm!

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But it wasn’t until this month’s Mystery Dish [hosted by Mary Frances of The Sweet {Tooth} Life] when one of our challenge ingredients included RAMEN NOODLES! Woot! Other ingredients we had to choose from included clams, blueberries, heavy whipping cream, chocolate chunks, potato chips, kale, almond butter, chiles, and orange juice. I used chili pepper paste and kale in this recipe too. Originally, I planned to make this a pretty simple kale ramen noodle dish with a chili pepper sauce. But then when cooking, I saw shrimp in the fridge… shrimp that I had been planning to use for the 2015 Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Blogger Recipe Challenge. Then I wondered… what would shrimp ramen taste like? Turns out, it’s pretty fabulous and I’m so proud to enter it in this awesome recipe contest as well as use it for Mystery Dish. 🙂 I didn’t intend to make one recipe for two events but it worked out really well!

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Before the recipe, let’s talk about how flavorful these ramen noodles really are. Ramen noodles usually just have some sauce on them. Not mine! These ramen noodles begin with a flavorful ginger-chili broth, made with lots of fresh Asian/Thai ingredients like ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and chili pepper. Add in some fresh veggies [I used kale, mushrooms, and bell peppers] and some flavorful shrimp and you are set for one classy meal! Ben and I both agreed that the shrimp were the best part of the dish… right next to those slurpy ginger noodles, that is. 🙂

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To make the shrimp so fabulous, I started with a quick marinade/rub. I used some of the usual suspects–soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fresh ginger, lemongrass, chili pepper–as well as the star seasoning blend from Healthy Solutions… Sesame Ginger Tuna. This seasoning blend is super flavorful and zesty; it’s hard to believe it doesn’t contain sugar or salt.

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I rubbed all this on some large shrimp and let it hang out while I whipped together the broth, then I sauteed up all the veggies and shrimp. There’s a lot going on in this dish, but with the common flavors–ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chili pepper… everything goes together SO well. And bonus! This dish comes together in about 30 minutes so it’s perfect for a weeknight family dinner. If you’re super organized, you could put the rub on the shrimp earlier in the day to infuse more flavor into them but that’s totally not necessary. I’m so excited with how well this dish turned out and I hope you love it too! Thanks to Healthy Solutions and Mystery Dish for the inspiration behind this dish. Enjoy! 🙂
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one year ago: Lightened Up Cheesy Sausage Grits Breakfast Casserole
two years ago: Chipotle Black Bean Soup with Avocado Cream
three years ago: Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken
four years ago: Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Sesame Ginger Shrimp Ramen Noodles

  • Servings: 4
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for shrimp 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Healthy Solutions Sesame Ginger Tuna seasoning blend
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemongrass paste [I used Garden Gourmet brand]
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper paste [I used Garden Gourmet brand]
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and devined [mine still had the tails on though]

for ginger-chili broth

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated [from about 1-2 inches fresh peeled ginger]
  • 2 scallions, chopped – green and white parts separated
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili pepper paste [I used Garden Gourmet brand]
  • 4 cups chicken broth

for ramen

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces white mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup bell peppers, thinly sliced [I used the mini red, yellow, and orange peppers]
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated [from about 1/2-1 inch fresh peeled ginger]
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste [I used Garden Gourmet brand]
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper paste [I used Garden Gourmet brand]
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 – 8 ounce packages ramen noodles, uncooked [any flavor – flavor packets are NOT used]
  • 1 cup kale, thinly sliced into ribbons and firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons fish sauce, to taste
  • additional broken ramen noodles, for garnish
  • chopped cilantro, for serving


In a medium bowl, whisk together Healthy Solutions Sesame Ginger Tuna seasoning blend, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, lemongrass, and chili pepper. Add shrimp and toss together to coat. Set aside.

Next, prepare ginger-chili broth. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and the white part of the scallions. Cook, stirring constantly, for about one minute. Add chili pepper paste and chicken broth, and stir until it comes together. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil for another minute. Reduce heat to low and simmer while the rest of the dish comes together.

In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium heat. When hot, add mushrooms, peppers, ginger, lemongrass, and chili pepper. Saute for three to four minutes, then add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds.

Next, cook the noodles. Break the noodles up and add them to the ginger-chili broth. Turn heat to medium-high, keeping just below a boil. Cook for 3 minutes then remove from heat.

While noodles are cooking, add shrimp to the veggies in the wok. Stir regularly for about three minutes or until shrimp are no longer pink. Next, reduce heat to low and pour ramen and broth in the pan. Add kale, lime juice, fish sauce, and most of the reserved green scallions from the broth. Stir then let rest for about a minute. Serve topped with additional broken ramen noodles, chopped cilantro, and green scallions. Enjoy!

2015 Blogger Recipe Challenge for Healthy Solution Spice Blends |

Disclosure: I received a complimentary packet of Sesame Ginger Tuna Spice Blend by Healthy Solutions Spice Blends for participating in this recipe contest. You can use any sesame ginger seasoning blend for this recipe. I received no additional compensation for this post; all comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own. I was not paid or required to publish positive comments but I happen to love Healthy Solutions Spice Blends… check out my review of them here.

Check out other Mystery Dish recipes below:

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies from Flavor the Moments
Blueberry Frozen Custard Pops from Simply Gloria
Sesame Ginger Shrimp Ramen Noodlesfrom The Pajama Chef
Potato Chip Chocolate Chunk Cookies from I Dig Pinterest
Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookies from Chez Catey Lou
Blueberry French Toast Casserole from Yummy Healthy Easy
Spicy Clam & Kale Appetizer by Inspiration Kitchen
Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Sweet {Tooth} Life

Main Dishes, Recipes, Seafood and Fish

Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil, and Coconut

This dish is a keeper! Full of creamy ‘n spicy [if you like it that way] goodness, this easy shrimp dish will impress anyone… 🙂
Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil, and Coconut via thepajamachef.comDear Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil, and Coconut,

How I love thee! You have taught me two very important lessons. Is it okay if I share them now? I hope so, because that is the plan.

Lesson Number 1: Good food gets a man excited for marriage.

I first made you, you delicious dish you, back in spring 2009 [how do I remember these things?] for my then-fiancé, now-husband, Ben, when I visited him before we were married. He was living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment at the time, working in Bloomington, Indiana while I was still in Athens, Ohio working with Cru [which is where we met]. I had to bring most of the ingredients with me, because what bachelor keeps limes, coconut milk, and basil around their kitchen? I did, however, hit up the grocery store for the shrimp because a 5 hour drive with seafood is not advisable. Just a little tip to start your Monday off right [you can thank me later :)]. Anyways, I had you ready when Ben came home from a long day at work and it only made him that more excited for marriage. He loved how spicy and creamy your sauce was, how tender your shrimp was, and how comforting your rice was. Sad to say, he did not love the prospect of going back to boxed dinners for the next several months before we got married. Fortunately though, that has made Ben more appreciative of good food now that we are married. Win-win! And now, when I serve you, he just smiles and grins and asks for more. So thank you, Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil, and Coconut. You have served me well.

But that is not all. You have also taught me another vital lesson.

Lesson Number 2: Always double check with herbs. There is a big difference between dried and fresh.

Oh yes. There is a definite difference between dried and fresh herbs. Yes, yes there is. I know that now. But after I made you for the first time, I went back to Ohio and raved about you to my roommates. One of the girls ended up making it for her Bible study a few weeks later and accidentally used 1/4 cup dried basil instead of 1/4 cup fresh basil [or 1-1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil]. We spent 20 minutes straining your sauce through a fine colander, hoping and praying that the girls would not be early that week, laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. So thank you, dear dinner, for such a vital lesson, and for such a fun memory.

I believe this letter is getting long, and I am getting hungry. But again I want to say thank you, for all you have done and for your wonderful nourishment, your tantalizing aroma, and your speedy preparation time. I hope others love you as much as I.


Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil, and Coconut

  • Servings: 4
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from Betty Crocker


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons red or green Thai curry paste [or substitute Thai chili garlic sauce]
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp, shells removed, devined, and peeled
  • 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes [use regular diced tomatoes to tone down the spice]
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil [Thai if possible, can also substitute 1- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil]
  • nam pla [Asian fish sauce, if desired]
  • hot cooked rice


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook for about 2 minutes or until just soft. Add curry paste and cook an additional minute. Add shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, and brown sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp are fully cooked. Slowly pour in coconut milk, basil, and a dash or two of nam pla [if desired], stirring well to incorporate. Continue to simmer until hot. Serve over rice.

Main Dishes, Recipes, Tofu

You, Too, Can Like… Tofu! In Tofu Shrimp Bowls, that is.


You don’t have to be a vegetarian. Or a vegan. Or really weird. Or any of the excuses you’ve made over the years for avoiding tofu.

If this guy… this bacon loving man likes tofu…

Ben and tofu
Yes he does!

…then you can too!

Tofu Shrimp Bowls
Especially when it looks like this… so pretty! And get ready–it tastes even better!

It’s not slimy. It’s not smelly. It’s not mushy. I promise!

Just give it a try… these tofu shrimp bowls I made the other night don’t really have a recipe, per se, but here’s what I did.

Tofu Shrimp Bowls


  • 1 block tofu
  • 8 ounces cooked cocktail shrimp
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup water


Prepare tofu according to The Front Burner Blog’s tutorial. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, place water, shrimp, lima beans, and peas. Season with salt and pepper and let simmer until heated through. Prepare your rice according to package directions, and combine rice, shrimp/veggie mixture, and tofu in a bowl to serve. Enjoy! We found everything very flavorful on its own, but you could experiment with soy sauce, teriyaki, etc. if you’d like an extra boost of flavor!

Question of the Day:

On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel about tofu? 1=EWWWW gross, I’d never eat it if I was starving in the desert and 10=tofu is the BEST thing EVER!!!!! I’m about an 8… I won’t go so far as to say it’s my absolute favorite food ever, and I wouldn’t eat it once a day [or once a week even], but I’ll eat it a few times a month.