Malaysian Fried Rice With Shrimp or Belacan Recipe

Shrimp fried rice


Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
434 Calories
16g Fat
58g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 434
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 14g
Calcium 68mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Belacan fried rice is one of the simplest fried rice recipes that you can find. How good it is (how complex the flavors are) depends largely on the quality of the shrimp paste used. 

As with any fried rice dish, it is best to use day-old rice which has dried out a bit. If the rice is still wet, the fried rice will turn out soggy no matter how long you stir-fry it. Long-grain rice is ideal for fried rice.

The string beans can be substituted with celery or French bean – in fact; any crunchy, non-leafy vegetable will do just as well.


  • 1/2 cup dried shrimp
  • 4 tablespoons​ cooking oil
  • ½ cup diced string beans
  • 2 tablespoons belacan or dried shrimp paste
  • 4 cups day-old rice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the dried shrimp in a shallow bowl. Pour in just enough water to cover. Leave to soak for 20 to 30 minutes or until fully rehydrated.

  3. Drain and set aside.

  4. In a wok or frying pan, heat one tablespoonful of cooking oil. Stir-fry the diced string beans for a minute or two, just until a bit underdone. Scoop out and set aside.

  5. Crumble or chop the belacan as finely as you can.

  6. Pour the remaining cooking oil into the pan. Fry the dried shrimp and the belacan together.

  7. When the dried shrimp turn crispy and slightly brown, and the belacan smells fragrant, add the rice and partially cooked string beans. Stir fry for about two minutes or until the rice is heated through.

  8. Push the fried rice to the sides of the pan to make a well at the center. Pour in the beaten egg. Stir the egg in a circular motion until set at the bottom but still very wet on top.

  9. Incorporate the egg into the rice by stirring in a spiral with the circle getting wider until the egg has been mixed into the rice.

  10. Turn off the heat. Taste the fried rice. Add salt, if needed. Stir a few more times before serving.


  • This fried rice is delicious served with some diced bird’s eye chilies in soy sauce and sliced raw cucumbers.

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