Malaysian Fried Rice With Shrimp and Belacan Recipe

Malaysian Fried Rice With Shrimp or Belacan Recipe

The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
385 Calories
17g Fat
46g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 134mg 3%
*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 beans—in fact, any crunchy, non-leafy vegetable will do just as well.

"This wonderful fried rice came together very quickly. It was extremely flavorful, and I loved the combination of dried shrimp and belacan. I served this as a side dish but could easily have had this as a main instead. I’ll definitely make this again and top it with lots of thinly sliced scallions." —Diana Andrews

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  • 1/2 cup dried shrimp

  • 1/4 cup cooking oil

  • 1/2 cup diced string beans

  • 1 tablespoon belacan or dried shrimp paste

  • 4 cups day-old rice

  • 1 to 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Malaysian Fried Rice With Shrimp or Belacan Recipe ingredients

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  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.

    shrimp in a bowl with water

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  3. Drain and set aside.

    drained shrimp in a colander

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

    diced string beans in a wok

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

    chop the belacan

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  6. Pour the remaining 3 tablespoons of cooking oil into the pan. Fry the dried shrimp and the belacan together, stirring continuously.

    Fry the dried shrimp and the belacan together

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  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.

    add rice to the shrimp mixture in the wok

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  8. Push the fried rice to the sides of the pan to make a well in 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.

    egg frying in the middle of the rice

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  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.

    fried rice cooking in a wok

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

    Malaysian Fried Rice With Shrimp or Belacan Recipe in a wok

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

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