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African American family in the kitchen.

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3 Tbsp sesame seeds (white, black or a mix)

2 large egg whites

¼ cup cornstarch

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

1 lb peeled and deveined raw shrimp (21-25 per pound)

2 Tbsp canola oil, divided

¾ cup orange juice

¼ cup dry sherry (see note)

2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

1 scallion, thinly sliced


1. Whisk sesame seeds, egg whites, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the shrimp and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the rest of the shrimp.

3. Add orange juice, sherry, soy sauce and sugar to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and reduced by half, 4 to 6 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately, with scallion sprinkled on top.

Note: Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don’t use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, get dry sherry that’s sold with other fortified wines at your wine or liquor store.

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