|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 55g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||29%|
|*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.|
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 flavorful chili sauce, 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 into the dish, if you like it spicy.
"This excellent fried rice was easy and flavorful. The only prep is a little chopping, combining the sauce ingredients, and briefly stir-frying. When done, I measured around 5 cups, so it could be two generous main dish servings or 4 servings with another main dish." —Diana Rattray
For the Stir-Fry Chili Sauce:
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste, or 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons chili sauce, such as nam prik pao, more for serving
1 pinch ground black pepper
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 one to three days old, refrigerated
1/2 to 3/4 cup frozen peas, or mixed vegetables
1/2 cup cashews, optional
Fresh lime or lemon juice, to taste, optional
1 medium scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish
Sliced fresh chiles, optional, for serving
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the stir-fry sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil plus the garlic and onion. Stir-fry 30 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add cooking wine and continue stir-frying another 2 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften.
Add the shrimp. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, or until shrimp have turned pink and plump.
Push shrimp to the side of the pan. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon peanut oil, then crack eggs into the pan. Quickly fry to scramble, about 1 minute.
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.
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.
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.
Top with sliced scallion and serve hot straight from the wok/pan. For those who like it extra spicy, add freshly cut chile pepper or serve with more nam prik pao on the side.
- 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.
- While day-old rice is preferable, if you are using freshly cooked rice, there's no need to break it up or add oil to it, as it should fall apart easily.
- If shrimp isn't your thing, there are plenty of other proteins that could work in its place or in addition. Try some cubed-up chicken, ground pork, or crispy tofu.
- There are also plenty of other veggies to throw in if you are looking to clean out your fridge. Finely diced carrots, frozen corn, greens, and finely chopped peppers are all great options that will make a tasty addition to the fried rice. Simply add them in at the same time as the frozen peas.
How to Store Leftover Shrimp Fried Rice
- Refrigerate leftover shrimp fried rice in a shallow container within two hours and eat within four days.
- To freeze, transfer the fried rice to a zip-close freezer bag or freezer container and freeze for four to six months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
- To reheat, put the shrimp fried rice in a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a damp folded paper towel. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 20 to 60 seconds, until it registers 165 F.
How is Thai fried rice different from Chinese fried rice?
Thai fried rice and Chinese fried rice are both made with many of the same ingredients. The main flavoring in Chinese fried rice is soy sauce, while Thai fried rice uses fish sauce.
What is nam prik pao?
Nam prik pao is a Thai chili sauce/paste that contains chili, shrimp paste, fish sauce, tamarind, and garlic, among other ingredients. While you can use Sriracha or sambal oelek for the heat, they won't provide the unique flavor of nam prik pao. You may also make homemade nam prik pao or try sambal terasi, which includes many of the same ingredients.