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Discover the Secret to Better Than Takeout Fried Rice Shrimp


Fried rice is a Chinese dish that’s often served as an accompaniment to other dishes. It can be made with either meat or vegetables, but it’s usually fried in oil and then mixed with soy sauce. Fried rice shrimp is basically just fried rice with shrimp added to it–a very simple recipe!

Fried Rice Shrimp Recipe


1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for cooking)
3 cups cooked white rice, chilled overnight if possible
2 large eggs beaten with 1 teaspoon water (for coating) 1/2 cup chicken broth or water (for cooking)

Preparing the Rice

To prepare the rice, you’ll need:

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 cup of uncooked long-grain white or brown rice (for example, jasmine)
In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm up your oil until it’s hot enough to sizzle a piece of garlic. Add your uncried rice and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so that each grain gets coated in oil and doesn’t stick together. Add 2 cups water or broth (or whatever liquid you prefer) to cover by 1/2 inch; bring it up to a boil over high heat then reduce heat so that everything simmers gently until all liquid has been absorbed into the grains–this should take about 20 minutes for most types of uncooked rices but could take more like 30 minutes if using short-grain varieties like sushi rice which will require more liquid than other types due to their higher starch content

Sautéing the Shrimp

To sauté the shrimp, you’ll need to heat a pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once it’s hot, add your shrimp in an even layer and let them cook for about 1 minute on each side until they’re golden brown.
Remove the cooked shrimp with a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside until ready to use (you can keep them warm in an oven set at 200 degrees Fahrenheit).

Adding the Vegetables

Chop the vegetables. You can use any combination of vegetables you like, but we recommend carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers. Just make sure to cut them into small pieces so they cook quickly and evenly.
Sauté the vegetables in oil over medium heat until tender (about 5 minutes).

Assembling the Fried Rice

In a large bowl, mix the rice, eggs and half of the green onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat the pan evenly. Add the shrimp in an even layer (you may have to do this in batches depending on how big your skillet is) and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side for frozen shrimp or 4 minutes per side for fresh (if you’re using frozen). Transfer cooked shrimp to a plate lined with paper towels; set aside until ready to use in step 5 below!
Add remaining tablespoon oil if needed along with garlic; saute until fragrant but not browned–about 30 seconds–then add cabbage & carrots along with another pinch each salt & pepper if desired (I like lots). Stir fry until soft but still crisp–about 3 minutes total cooking time depending on how thinly sliced your veggies are cut into pieces before adding them into this dish so adjust accordingly based upon personal preference!

Finishing Touches

Serve the fried rice with a side of steamed broccoli or green beans.
Top the fried rice with chopped scallions and cilantro, if desired.
Add an egg to your fried rice for an extra boost of protein!

Tips and Tricks

Store the fried rice in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat, place the container of fried rice in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and stir frequently until heated through (10 minutes). If you want to add more flavor, add some extra soy sauce or sesame oil at this point.
Customize your fried rice by adding different vegetables like broccoli florets or bell peppers, or switch out one of the proteins with tofu or tempeh if you’re vegetarian!


You have now learned how to make fried rice that is better than takeout. You should be proud of yourself!
This recipe is simple, delicious and can be made in under 30 minutes. It’s also healthy because it uses brown rice instead of white rice and no oil at all (you’ll just use a bit of water).
You can use whatever vegetables you like in this fried rice recipe; try adding some bell peppers or carrots if you want more color!
If you love shrimp like we do, then this dish will be right up your alley. Shrimp has less calories than other seafood but still provides plenty of protein and calcium–perfect for anyone looking for an easy dinner option on busy weeknights!

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