Skip to main content

Better Than Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

Truth be told, a favorite dinner treat at my house is the occasional Chinese takeout.  We've become particularly fond of fried rice and dumplings as our go-to takeout meal.  On days when I'm feeling particularly energetic I will make the fried rice myself.  The dumplings I leave to professionals.

How to Make Shrimp Fried Rice

Quick and Easy Shrimp Fried Rice
Better Than Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

I actually prefer my homemade shrimp fried rice to the rice from the Chinese restaurant.  This recipe is very quick to make and I know exactly what ingredients I am using.  I like having that control.  The flavor is delicious.  Make this shrimp fried rice recipe and you'll want the skip the takeout, too.

Fried rice is easy to make at home and is a good way to use up many of the odds and ends of meats and vegetables that you may have hanging out in your refrigerator.  There are a few things you should keep in mind when you are making fried rice at home to ensure your success.

Better Than Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

How to Make Fried Rice at Home

Use rice that is at least one day old.  Fried rice needs to be made with rice that has chilled and hardened slightly in your refrigerator.  Otherwise, it will be gummy and clumpy.

Use a hot pan.  Yes, you can use a wok, but a wok is not necessary.  I own a couple of woks but rarely use them.  I'm usually just too lazy to get the wok out.  What's more important than the pan you use is that the pan you choose can take the heat.

Prepare your ingredients before starting to cook.  The fried rice cooks up very quickly.  You'll need all the ingredients ready to go.  Make sure all your chopping is done in advance. and the ingredients are at hand beside your pan.

Use what you have on hand.  One of my favorite kinds of fried rice to order for takeout is house fried rice.  It has everything but the kitchen sink in it.  This is a good way to use up leftovers at home. Let's make some shrimp fried rice, shall we?

Shrimp Fried Rice

Print Recipe
Shrimp Fried Rice Ingredients
Shrimp Fried Rice Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups day old white rice, chilled
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, shells removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 3 scallions, sliced, green parts reserved
  • 1 cup frozen carrots and peas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Assemble your prepared ingredients.    Mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil in a small bowl.   Set aside.

Getting Shrimp Fried Rice Ingredients Ready
Get the Ingredients Ready
Heat a large, heavy skillet or wok.  Add one tablespoon of vegetable oil.  When hot, add the shrimp to the pan, cooking for a minute or two until it begins to turn pink.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add one tablespoon of oil to the pan.  Add the onions, celery, garlic, and ginger to the pan.  Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the rice, stirring to cook and brown slightly, about 2 minutes.  Pull the rice mixture to one side of the pan.  Add the eggs to the other side of the pan, cooking the eggs until they set.

Eggs for Your Fried Rice
Make Room in the Pan for the Egg
Add the carrots, peas, and soy sauce mixture.  Stir to combine.  Remove from the heat and garnish with the green parts of the scallions and serve.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Leftovers taste great, too. Add about a teaspoon of water to your bowl and reheat in your microwave for lunch the next day.

Shared on Meal Plan Monday.

Before you go....Never miss a Just One Donna post by signing up to receive posts in your email or your favorite RSS feed.  Links are in the sidebar.




Popular posts from this blog

How to Trap and Get Rid of Fruit Flies

What can you do to kill fruit flies?  We've all been there.  Fruit flies in the kitchen.  Fruit flies in the bathroom.  Fruit flies buzzing around everywhere in your home.   It's a frustrating problem that happens to everyone at one time or another.  If you are a fresh fruit and produce lover you certainly know what I mean. How to Kill Fruit Flies with Two Ingredients Those pesky little buggers can often be brought into your home on the vegetables and fruit you buy. There are many solutions offered for fruit fly traps to help you solve your problem.   A quick Amazon search found these products. You can spend your money on one of these solutions or I can save you a whole lot of your hard-earned cash today. My solution is the best.  Here's why: You have the ingredients in your kitchen now.  You need apple cider vinegar and a mild dish liquid . It's a healthy, family-friendly solution. It works quickly. Two-Ingredient No Pesticide Fruit Fly Trap

How to Make a Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

In my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with a hearty bread. It is the breakfast you want when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. The Best Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) How to Cook Bacon and Eggs My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year.  Cooking eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect. All you really need for a great bacon and eggs breakfast is a good nonstick skillet and a good toaster . If you want to make your own bread for toast, a bread machine like mine  will make that easy as can be. Three Ingredients for a Great Breakfast A loaf of your favorite bread Extra-large eggs, because you want a g

How to Turn Store-Bought Potato Salad from Blah to Amazing

Here's a time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts.  When you need a quick potato salad, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of the store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better Take Your Potato Salad from Blah to AH-Mazing! What should you do if you want that store-bought potato salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a potluck picnic or you are having people over for an impromptu barbecue and you'd like your potato salad to be a little special. There is no need to fret.  A quick trip to the grocery store will get you start

Rum Punch for a Party

As the weather warms and you start to think about gathering friends and family for parties and celebrations you'll want to think about signature cocktails. This rum punch cocktail is an ideal cocktail for a large gathering. Don't you think a warm-weather cocktail should make imagine yourself sitting by the shore with your toes in the sand? Rum punch is one of those cocktails.  Cool and fruity, rum punch will make a party! One sip and you'll be transported to the beach. Rum Punch Cocktail (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) Rum Punch for a Party! This rum punch recipe is a make-ahead recipe I use whenever we are having a large group for a summer picnic or barbecue.  Use the recipe below as your baseline and double or triple the ingredients as needed. You'll need a large container for storage and room enough in your refrigerator to keep it cool.  My f

One-Pot American Chop Suey

Whether you call it American Chop Suey or Goulash, this dish is sure to please both the kids and adults at your dinner table. You'll be happy because this is truly a one-pot recipe that is ready to serve in about 40 minutes. How great is that? You'll love that this recipe makes enough to feed at least eight people.  That makes it perfect for a family dinner or to eat now and freeze for later. American Chop Suey This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you shop with these kinks we receive compensation. American Chop Suey is a bowl of comfort brought to you by the tasty combination of ground beef, elbow macaroni. tomato sauce and Italian seasoning.   The only thing in this recipe that links this dish to chop suey is a few tablespoons of soy sauce for depth of flavor. I make my American Chop Suey in my Ninja Cooking System using the stovetop setting, but it can easily be made in a large