Thai Fried Rice With Shrimp (Khao Phad Kung)

Thai Fried Rice With Shrimp (Khao Phad Kung)

The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
795 Calories
23g Fat
109g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 795
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 258mg 86%
Sodium 3148mg 137%
Total Carbohydrate 109g 40%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 559mg 12%
*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.)

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 a special Thai chili sauce (nam prik pao), 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 a chile pepper if you like it spicy.


For the Stir-Fry Chili Sauce:

  • 1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce

  • 1 medium green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish

For the Fried Rice:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided

  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup minced onion

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons white cooking wine

  • 8 to 12 medium shrimp, shelled

  • 2 large eggs

  • 4 cups cooked rice, preferably leftover

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup frozen peas, or mixed vegetables

  • 1/2 cup cashews, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Thai Fried Rice With Shrimp (Khao Phad Kung) ingredients

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  2. Stir the stir-fry sauce ingredients together (except for the green onion). Set aside.

    sauce ingredients in a bowl

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  3. Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil plus the garlic and onions. Stir-fry 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.

    garlic and onions in a wok

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  4. Add cooking wine and continue stir-frying another 2 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.

    cooking wine with onions and garlic in a wok

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  5. Add the shrimp. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, or until shrimp have turned pink and plump.

    shrimp cooking in wok with onion mixture

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  6. Push shrimp to the side of your pan. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon peanut oil, then crack eggs into the pan. Quickly fry to scramble, about 1 minute.

    eggs and shrimp cooking in a wok

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  7. Keep the wok or frying pan hot for these last few steps (high heat). Add the rice, frozen peas and or mixed vegetables, and cashews (if using). Drizzle the stir-fry sauce over that.

    shrimp fried rice cooking in a wok

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  8. 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 3 to 7 minutes, or until rice and peas/vegetables are hot.

    shrimp fried rice cooking in a wok

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  9. Remove from heat and taste-test. For greater flavor, add a little more fish sauce until desired taste is achieved. If it tastes too salty, add a few squeezes of fresh lime or lemon juice.

    shrimp fried rice cooking in a wok

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  10. Top with green onion and serve hot straight from the wok/pan. For those who like it extra spicy, add freshly cut chile pepper, or serve with more stir-fry sauce on the side. Enjoy.

    Thai Fried Rice With Shrimp (Khao Phad Kung) in a bowl

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If you are using day-old rice (which makes for a much better fried rice), it will be lumpy and sticking together. To separate it, place the rice in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon 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.