Shrimp Fried Rice

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This Shrimp Fried Rice recipe loaded with juicy shrimp and colorful vegetables is so easy and delicious you won’t want to call for take-out again.

This Shrimp Fried Rice recipe loaded with juicy shrimp and colorful vegetables is so easy and delicious you won’t want to call for take-out again.

This recipe is a family favorite and one that I turn to when I’m short on time and want something I can make with what I have on hand.

I know that I’ve mentioned the fact that I typically have frozen shrimp on hand, but one thing I may not have mentioned is that right next to the shrimp are frozen peas and corn. In addition to the salad greens in my crisper, is a package of matchstick carrots. So putting this fried rice recipe together on short notice is a breeze.

This recipe is a great way to use leftover rice from the night before. If you don’t have leftover rice, you could just as easily use prepackaged cooked rice or grab your Instant Pot and make a quick batch following the instructions in this post {insert IP Rices URL}.

Thaw the shrimp using this method while you’re gathering the other ingredients.

Because high heat is key to making the perfect fried rice, I like to use a heavy-bottomed sauté pan like this one. To cook the ingredients quickly and to make sure they don’t burn, heat the pan before adding the oil. If a drop of water sizzles when it hits the pan, it’s ready for the oil.

As you know, shrimp has a tendency to go from delicious and juicy to dry and tasteless in a very short amount of time. That’s why it’s important to remove the shrimp from the pan and add it back once the rest of the ingredients have been cooked.

When cooking the vegetables and the eggs, keep them moving in the pan stirring them constantly so that they don’t burn. My preference is for the rice to be a little crispy. So after adding the rice and stirring it to distribute the other ingredients, I let it cook without stirring for about 2 minutes, then turn it over with a spatula to crisp up on the other side.

In my opinion, the sauce is what turns this dish from some rice, shrimp, eggs, and vegetables into something that deliciously resembles one of my favorite take-out dishes.

Enjoy!

 

Christine :)

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Shrimp Fried Rice


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This Shrimp Fried Rice recipe loaded with juicy shrimp and colorful vegetables is so easy and delicious you won’t want to call for take-out again.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. medium-sized shrimp (3640 count) peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil, dark toasted
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup matchstick or shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups cooked rice, cooled
  • Green onion, sliced diagonally for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. Set aside
  3. Heat large sauté pan or wok over high heat. When a drop of water sizzles when it hits the pan, add one tablespoon oil and swirl to coat the pan.
  4. Add the shrimp and sear on one side for 30 seconds. Flip the shrimp over and continue to cook for another 30 seconds or until they are just turning pink. Don’t overcook. Transfer to a clean plate.
  5. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan swirling to coat the bottom. Add the vegetables cooking for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Push to the sides of the pan.
  6. Add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the eggs stirring to scramble. Cook until slightly runny, about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir the vegetables into the eggs and add the rice stirring to mix well.
  8. Cook the rice for about 2 – 3 minutes to crisp the bottom. Using a spatula, turn the rice over and cook on the second side for another 2 minutes. This creates a nice crispy crust.
  9. Stir in the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are heated through, about 2 minutes.
  10. Pour the soy sauce mixture over, stirring the combine. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
This Shrimp Fried Rice recipe loaded with juicy shrimp and colorful vegetables is so easy and delicious you won’t want to call for take-out again.

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