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  • Sizzling Shrimp Fajita Stir-Fry
    Sizzling Shrimp Fajita Stir-Fry
  • Spicy Steak and Broccoli
    Spicy Steak and Broccoli
  • Glass Jar Layered Taco Salad
    Glass Jar Layered Taco Salad

Flavor Fusion

Update summer classics with Asian-inspired flair

FAMILY FEATURES – A distinctive and unexpected ingredient like rice vinegar is an easy way to bring faraway flavors to your favorite summer dishes. This pantry staple adds an Asian-inspired flavor to recipes of all kinds, from marinades to high-end meals.

Explore a new way to enjoy steak this summer with a recipe for zesty, marinated beef paired with crisp broccolini and peppers to give a familiar dish a fresh makeover using flavors from another origin. Give fajitas an Asian makeover with shrimp seared in a decadent hoisin-ginger sauce or try a fresh take on a crunchy salad with this Mexican-meets-Asian layered approach that’s perfect for lunch.

Include seasonal produce like cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes to enhance your summer flavor fusions. Pantry staples like black beans and canned corn also offer accessible ways to make elevated summer classics. 

Capture Asian flavors with ingredients like NAKANO Rice Vinegar, which has perfected its rice vinegars over eight generations to offer unique and delicious flavors perfect for making mouthwatering Asian-inspired recipes at home. 


Sizzling Shrimp Fajita Stir-Fry


• 1 1/2 pounds large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (21-25 shrimp total)

2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided

4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided

1/4 cup NAKANO Roasted Garlic Rice Vinegar

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 red onion, cut into thin slivers

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1/2 poundshishito peppers, stemmed

6 warmed corn or flour tortillas

1/2 cup finely shredded red cabbage

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions


In medium bowl, combine shrimp, 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoons cornstarch; let stand 5 minutes to marinate. 

In separate bowl, whisk remaining soy sauce, remaining cornstarch, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce and ginger until blended.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of shrimp; cook 1 minute on each side. Transfer to clean bowl; repeat with remaining shrimp. Wipe out skillet with paper towel.

In same skillet, heat remaining oil until shimmering. Add red onion, bell pepper and shishito peppers. Cook, stirring, 2-4 minutes until peppers begin to blister.

Add vinegar mixture; cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Add shrimp to pan. Cook, tossing well until shrimp and vegetables are coated with sauce. 

Fill tortillas with shrimp mixture, cabbage and green onions.


Spicy Steak and Broccoli


• 1 beef tenderloin (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 2-inch cubes

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided

2 cups multicolored, mini sweet peppers, cut into thin rings

1/4 pound broccolini, cut into 3-inch sections

2 large shallots, chopped

1/4 cup NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon sambal oelek (Asian-chili garlic sauce) or sriracha

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger


In medium bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, black pepper and garlic powder.

In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, broccolini and shallots; cook 3 minutes, or until tender crisp. Transfer to clean bowl.

In same skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add half of beef in single layer. Cook undisturbed 2 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. Stir. Cook 1 minute, or until outer surfaces are no longer pink. Transfer to bowl with vegetables.

Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Return beef and vegetables to skillet over medium-high heat. 

In small bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar, sambal oelek, salt and ginger. Add mixture to pan. Cook 2 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.


Glass Jar Layered Taco Salad


• 1/2 avocado

1/4 teaspoon serrano pepper

1 tablespoon cilantro

2 tablespoons NAKANO Organic Seasoned Rice Vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon lime juice

1/3 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded

1/2 cup jicama, diced

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed

1/2 cup shredded green cabbage

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup extra-firm tofu, diced

1/2 cup corn chips, crushed

1/2 cup spinach

1 tablespoon queso fresco


In bowl, mash avocado and add serrano pepper, cilantro, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice and salt. Stir to combine.

Build salad in layers of corn, cabbage, jicama, black beans, cabbage, tomatoes, tofu, corn chips, spinach and queso fresco while adding drizzles of dressing between layers.


Find more flavorful ways to put an Asian twist on your summer dishes at

Ellis County Press

208 S Central St. 
Ferris, TX 75125