Our last Grandma-Inspired Fantastic Treat (GIFT) was for a Perfect Rich and Sweet Blueberry Crumble. Today’s GIFT is for Scrumptious Shrimp and Vegetable Okazu. In Japanese, the traditional definition of okazu is a general name for anything that is served with steamed rice. Growing up in our house, okazu was defined as a meal consisting of some kind of meat cooked with a mix of vegetables covered in a sauce served over steamed rice. It was and still is a family favorite.
Our grandma would cook this dish for us at least once a week. She never had a written recipe for her okazu, she used whatever meat and veggies she had on hand. The only consistent part of this dish was the sauce and the white rice. Even then, replicating the sauce was difficult since she was like every other grandma and just mixed things together, tasted it and that was it. No measurements were ever done. It took a lot of practice to perfect the sauce to taste the same as how it tasted when she made it. The recipe below is a loose guideline. Feel free to take liberties and change it up to make okazu how you like it.
First, slice up your veggies. For this recipe, we used celery, carrots, onion, and cabbage.
Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan and add the sliced veggies.
Cook veggies for about ten minutes on medium heat. Then add chopped shrimp. The shrimpies cook fast – they only need about two minutes.
Add the sauce to the pan and cook until sauce has thickened and mixture is bubbling.
Serve with rice!