Easy Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe
Better and FASTER than takeout, this Easy Shrimp Fried Rice recipe is ready in just 20 minutes. The perfect solution for a busy weekday dinner with ingredients you probably already have, my kids beg for this every single day.
Can you believe how fast the year is flying by? I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to the end of school….and no more homework. My little guy is in Kindergarten and has homework every single night. The frustration of getting it done in a reasonable amount of time is totally getting old. What should take us about 5 minutes to complete takes up to an hour some nights and then I’m always tempted to call my local Chinese restaurant to order take out. It IS the easy way out when you feel like getting dinner on the table is never going to happen. I always crave Shrimp Fried Rice and Singapore Noodles when my stress levels start to creep higher….it must be the carbs. 🙂 But, would you believe, you can have this easy Shrimp Fried Rice on the table in less time that it would take for the delivery guy to show up?
My Easy Shrimp Fried Rice recipe is a staple in our weekly meal plan. I always make sure I have some sort of quick cooking rice for those days when we don’t have any leftover rice on hand. This recipe is best when made with leftover rice because it’s had time to dry out making it easier to get it to crisp up….and those crispy bits are the best part. If you don’t have leftover rice then simply allow your freshly cooked rice to cool enough where it’s no longer steaming (I like to give it a toss every few minutes to speed things up)….this helps keep it from getting mushy when you mix everything together.
The rest of the dish can be modified to work with what you have on hand. We always have a bag of frozen peas, fresh matchstick cut carrots, green onions, frozen shrimp and onions. They’re pretty much a staple in most fried rice recipes, as well, but you can really add whatever you’d like. Sometime we like to toss in some fresh pineapple right at the end, it’s leaning more towards a Thai fried rice but it is REALLY quite amazing. And if you want to round out your meal with a bit more protein, these Asian Style Skillet Pork Chops are fantastic….and equally easy!
easy shrimp fried rice
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup finely diced carrot
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook the shrimp until pink and no longer translucent. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate and keep warm. Set aside.
- Add the remaining oil to the pan and stir in the onions. Cook the onions until softened, approximately 3 minutes.
- Stir in the carrots and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and ginger cooking until fragrant.Stir in the white rice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the rice is crisp.
- Push the rice to the sided of the pan making a well in the middle. Crack the egg in the middle of the pan and stir to scramble. Cook the egg and then begin to stir into the rice mixture.
- Add the peas, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil to the rice stirring to combine. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in the shrimp and cook for an additional minute to warm through.Serve immediately topped with chopped scallions, if desired.