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Shrimp Fried Rice

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Shrimp fried rice
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This easy shrimp fried rice is restaurant-quality (or better!). Fresh or frozen shrimp are quickly stir-fried with garlic and onions. Add the cooked rice, a couple of eggs, frozen peas, plus my own special Thai sauce, and you have a fried rice recipe that is sure to please everyone, even your kids. A great way to use leftover rice - and leftover roasted chicken can also be added if you have some taking up space in the refrigerator. Add chilli if you like it spicy. Yum!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 4 cups cooked rice (1-3 days' old, kept in the refrigerator, OR freshly made - see below)
  • 8-12 medium or 15-20 small shrimp, shell removed (tails can be removed or left on). If frozen, thaw fast in tepid water
  • 3-4 Tbsp. white cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • optional: 1/2 cup cashews
  • STIR-FRY SAUCE: (Be sure to double these amounts for more than 4 cups of rice)
  • 1/2 tsp. shrimp paste OR 1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • pinch white or black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. chili sauce (omit for mild rice)
  • GARNISH: 2-3 green onions
  • optional: 1 sliced red chili


Fried Rice Cooking Tip: If you are using day-old rice (or older), it will be lumpy and sticking together. To separate it (this makes for a much better fried rice!), place the rice in a large bowl. Add 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil. Now, using your fingers, mix the oil into the rice and separate the clumps, until the rice has returned into more or less individual grains.

If using freshly-cooked rice: There's no need to add anything to the rice, as it should fall apart into individual grains quite easily. Although "old" rice is generally better, I recently made this recipe with fresh rice, and it was still really good.

  1. Mix the stir-fry sauce ingredients together in a cup. Set aside for later.
  2. Place a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 Tbsp. oil plus the garlic and onions. Stir-fry 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the cooking wine and continue stir-frying another 2 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  4. Add the raw shrimp. (If using cooked shrimp, add later together with the rice). Stir-fry another 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp have turned pink and are nicely plump.
  5. Push shrimp to the side of your wok or frying pan. Add a few tsp. more oil, then the beaten eggs. Quickly fry the eggs (as if you were making scrambled eggs) - about 1 minute. Tip: If you find egg coats the bottom of your wok or frying pan, you can also scramble the eggs in a separate pan and then add them.
  6. Keep the wok or frying pan hot for these last few steps (medium-high heat). Add the rice, peas, and cashews (if using). Pour the stir-fry sauce overtop.
  7. Quickly begin "tossing" the rice in the wok/pan, using 2 utensils and a tossing-like motion (lifting from the bottom of the pan). Continue "stir-frying" in this way for about 3 minutes, or until rice and peas are hot.
  8. Remove from heat and taste-test for salt. Add a little more fish sauce (1/2 Tbsp. at a time) instead of salt until desired taste is achieved. (If it tastes too salty at any point, add a few squeezes of fresh lime or lemon juice).
  9. Serve hot straight from the wok/pan. For more formal occasions: Line the outside of a serving platter with cucumber slices and sccop rice into the center. Sprinkle with sliced green onions. For those who like it extra spicy, add fresh-cut chili, or serve with more Nam Prik Pao (Recipe) on the side. Enjoy!
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 5 out of 5
Simple, but incredible!, Member Poki_in_the_Kitchen

When I first skimmed over the recipe, I expected something difficult. But this dish is quite easy to prepare and tastes unbelievable delicious!

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