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Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

This easy shrimp fried rice is a quick and easy rice dish that would have your family asking for a second helping. This shrimp fried rice recipe would make you forget your takeaway. It is so delicious, and you can’t beat the fact that it is very easy to make. This is my version of healthy shrimp fried rice as I am in control of what goes into it
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
0 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy shrimp fried rice, fried rice, Shrimp fried rice
Servings: 4
Author: Ajoke
Cost: £5

Equipment

  • Wok

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked rice cold
  • 15-20 raw shrimps shelled and deveined
  • 2 cups Mixed vegetables substitute with frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 large eggs Beaten
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 small Chopped about 1/3 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ tbs white pepper

Fried rice sauce

  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dark soy sauce substitute with light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp Sesame oil optional

Instructions

  • Start by sautéing chopped onions and garlic in vegetable oil on high heat until fragrant. Add the shrimps and cook until pink. Remove the shrimp from the wok or skillet and set aside. This is to avoid overcooking the shrimps.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and stir fry for about 2 minutes then move on to adding the cold rice, quickly stir together to combine. Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with salt, white pepper and whisk to combine
  • Increase the heat, create a well in the middle of the pan, add the whisked eggs, scramble the egg and mix with the rest of the rice. Alternatively, fry the egg separately for chunky scrambled egg
  • Return the cooked shrimp into the pan, stir to combine, taste for salt and seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Finally, add the fried rice sauce to the rice and stir to combine. Add the chopped green onions then serve immediately.

Notes

Use day-old cooked rice or cold rice in other to achieve the right texture. Unlike some other rice recipes like fried rice, Jollof rice or spinach rice that you can use raw rice for as a one-pot dish, Chinese fried rice tastes better with cold rice. The rice doesn’t have to be day-old rice, you can use cooled freshly cooked rice. Spread the rice out on a baking tray and leave it to cool completely or simply chill in the fridge for some few minutes before use. Alternatively, opt for shop bought pouch rice, they work like magic. In fact, I couldn’t recommend it enough for this spinach rice recipe. It is lazy but we are allowed one of those days.
I used frozen shrimp and vegetable for this fried rice recipe. Make sure the shrimp is completely thawed before using. You can use the frozen mixed vegetable in the fried rice directly. In fact, if all you have is frozen peas and carrots then you are good to go
Cook over high heat but be careful so you don’t burn the rice
Fry the egg separately for chunky scrambled egg and season the egg before frying
Make this shrimp fried rice a complete meal by adding chicken, pork or any other source of protein you want. Customise it to taste. I am very partial to chicken fried rice too
You can make this fried rice in the skillet if you don’t have a wok. Whatever you do, make sure your pan is hot when stir frying the rice.
Fancy spicy shrimp fried rice, then throw in some fresh chopped green chillies while stir frying the rice