Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice

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by Jeanette 22 Comments

Homemade Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice is so much better than takeout – you have to try this recipe!


Shrimp Fried Brown Rice © Jeanette's Healthy Living


Fried rice is such a common dish in our household that I wouldn’t even think to post a recipe for it on my blog, except for the fact that it’s so good and one of those dishes that everyone should learn how to make. Fried rice is the perfect way to use up all those bits and pieces in your refrigerator and freezer, and sneak in some extra vegetables (or use up all the scraps). One of my husband’s favorite dishes when we eat out is Yang Chow Fried Rice, which is basically fried rice with shrimp and ham. Somehow, when you add shrimp to fried rice, it takes this lowly leftover dish to new heights.

Shrimp Fried Rice in Wok © Jeanette's Healthy Living

The other night, I was scouring my refrigerator and freezer to see what I could throw together for dinner. It was getting late and I needed to get something on the table quickly (my teenage boys are starving when they walk in the door after sports). This Shrimp Fried Rice came together quickly using leftover steamed brown rice (I make a big batch at the beginning of the week), frozen peas, a sole red bell pepper, a wedge of cabbage, a small amount of frozen shrimp, and a few eggs.

Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice

I always start off my fried rice by sauteing a little ginger and garlic – these are my key aromatics. The other trick is the sauce. I learned how to make really good fried rice a few years ago when I started using a combination of flavorings in my sauce – soy sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and a dash of sugar. Sure, you can use just soy sauce, but your fried rice won’t taste nearly as good.

Shrimp Fried Rice with Peppers © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I served this Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice for dinner with some pan-fried dumplings (they come frozen and can be found at the supermarket or your local Asian market) and steamed Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. We call this meal “Chinese takeout” at home.

Shrimp Fried Rice with Peppers © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Fried rice is an extremely versatile dish. If you don’t have shrimp, leave it out; you could also use leftover chicken (roasted or grilled chicken). You can also swap in different vegetables such as frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), or some leafy green vegetables.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1
    cup
    medium shrimp
    peeled
  • 1
    teaspoon
    rice wine
  • 4
    teaspoons
    olive oil
    divided
  • 2
    eggs
    lightly beaten
  • 1
    slice
    ginger
    the size of a quarter, peeled, minced
  • 2
    cloves
    garlic
    minced
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    chopped cabbage
  • 1
    red bell pepper
    trimmed, chopped
  • 1/2
    cup
    frozen peas
  • 4
    cups
    cooked brown rice

Fried Rice Sauce

  • 2
    teaspoons
    low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1
    tablespoon
    oyster sauce
  • 2
    teaspoons
    rice wine
  • 1
    teaspoon
    sesame oil
  • 1/8
    teaspoon
    ground black pepper
  • 1/8
    teaspoon
    organic sugar

Garnish

  • 1
    scallion
    chopped

Instructions

  1. Mix shrimp with rice wine.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a wok or large skillet. Scramble eggs. Remove.

  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the wok; add shrimp and saute until just cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon.

  4. Heat remaining teaspoon of oil in wok; add ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant, about one minute. Add cabbage and saute one minute; add red bell pepper and frozen peas and saute for two minutes. Add cooked rice and toss well until heated through. Return scrambled eggs to wok.

  5. Stir together Fried Rice Sauce ingredients. Drizzle on top of rice and toss rice well.

  6. Garnish with chopped scallion and serve.

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Burmese Fried Rice with Peas © Jeanette's Healthy Living







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