The next time you are thinking of ordering Chinese takeout, wait! Did you know you can make your own special fried rice quickly and easily? You will need rice which has been cooked a day (or more) in advance. Using freshly cooked rice means you will end up with a mushy mess rather than the perfect shrimp fried rice recipe.
You will also need shrimp (or swap that for cooked shredded chicken or even chopped ham if you prefer) plus vegetables, sesame oil, soy sauce and eggs. Consider adding a pinch of 5-spice powder if you have some, or even a minced garlic clove when you add the vegetables, else just make the recipe as it is. You can rustle up this Chinese dish in about 20 minutes, or less, and this recipe makes enough for 6 people (or 4 very hungry ones!)
If you do want to switch up the protein, consider slow-cooking some chicken or pork in hoisin or teriyaki sauce, then shredding it, and using that instead of the shrimp. A lot of special fried rice recipes feature more than one protein, so if you want to use pork or ham along with the shrimp, go ahead. This dish originated as a way of using up leftover rice, meat and veggies, so feel free to throw anything in there. Some people prefer to add peas instead of green beans, for example, or you can throw in some chopped leftover vegetables from your dinner the night before.
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 cup fresh or thawed chopped carrot and green beans
- 1 chopped small white onion
- 2 lightly beaten eggs
- 3 cups white rice, cooked a day ahead
- 1 lb cooked medium shrimp
- Soy sauce, to taste
- Heat a wok over a medium heat.
- Add the sesame oil.
- Now add the carrot, green beans and onion.
- Stir-fry until tender.
- Push the vegetables up the side of the wok, and pour in the eggs.
- Scramble the eggs, using a silicon spatula.
- Now mix the vegetables and eggs together.
- Add the rice and shrimp, along with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce.
- Stir-fry the mixture until everything is hot and well-combined.
- Taste and stir in another ½ tablespoon of soy sauce (or more) if liked.
- Serve with some hot sauce on the side, and more soy sauce in case anyone wants to add more.
Making Chinese fried rice is so easy. All you need is some leftover cooked rice, shrimp, vegetables, soy sauce and eggs. You can use a wok or large skillet to prepare it, and feel free to throw in any other ingredients you want to add to the mix. We are serving this colorful dish with Chinese chicken and corn soup and a simple salad, but you can enjoy it just as it is if you want, pair it with a couple of egg rolls, or even enjoy it as a side dish alongside spicy roasted chicken drumsticks or a duck leg. The only crucial rule about this dish is to use rice which was cooked the previous day, else it will turn mushy.
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