If there’s one thing I really miss that has been taken away from this COVID situation, it is definitely going out to eat. We didn’t do it much before simply because we like to cook and it’s healthier to eat at home, but man I lived for the times when someone else could cook and clean up! And some things are just seemingly too difficult to recreate at home. That being said, now that we’re cooking at home more than ever, I love to try new recipes, but in particular ones that are fast, easy recreations of my favorite restaurant dishes. Queue my excitement when I stumbled upon this gem! I love Asian cuisine, and something like fried rice is universally yummy, even with kids.
This recipe is so dang easy, and it takes very few ingredients. Bonus – it’s relatively healthy! But of course you can sub anything in here or add other things to make it your own. I typically make this with shrimp, but you could make this with really any protein.
Everyday Homemade Shrimp Fried Rice
Keywords: shrimp fried rice, fried rice, Chinese takeout recipe, homemade takeout.
🍴 Cook Time: 20 mins
🍴 Prep Time: 10 mins
🍴 Servings: 4 people
⚬ 3 cups cooked rice (I like to use brown since it’s healthier and quick)
⚬ 3 tbsp. sesame oil (this is key!)
⚬ 1 cup frozen vegetables (like peas & carrots)
⚬ 1 can whole kernel corn
⚬ 2 cloves garlic, minced
⚬ 4 eggs, beaten
⚬ 1 lb. cooked shrimp (I use a bag of medium-size shrimp)
⚬ 1/4 cup soy sauce (or stir-fry sauce for a different zing)
⚬ 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
⚬ Optional: water chestnuts, baby corn (I love to add bamboo shoots)
1. In wok or large sauté pan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook shrimp until pink. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, add garlic and all vegetables and cook until some pieces start to brown (approx. 3-5 mins).
3. Reduce heat to medium and add eggs to one half of the pan (see photo below); cook until eggs are scrambled. Mix together.
4. Add cooked rice, cooked shrimp, ground pepper, and soy sauce; cook all together for an additional 2-3 mins.
I usually like to pan fry some pot stickers with this meal as well. My favorites are ones from H-Mart or Trader Joe’s. Simply add some sesame oil to a clean pan, and cook them according to the package instructions (usually 4-8 total mins).
And that’s it! It’s so easy and so fast. I’ve made this with chicken, tofu, veggie only, you name it, and it’s always good. And it heats up well the next day too. The key to the authentic taste is the sesame oil. Olive oil will not give you the same flavor nor fragrance.
What are YOUR favorite quick and easy recipes? Comment below, I always love to pick up some more recipes to add to my nightly menu! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know how you like it! Enjoy y’all!