Shrimp fried rice is just steamed rice that has been fried in a wok with other ingredients added. Traditional fried rice usually uses leftover rice, vegetables, meat, and an egg. It was originally a way of using up the left overs. The type of fried rice you make is really just up to whatever makes you happy. There are countless variations of fried rice. My shrimp fried rice recipe is more on the traditional side, but I do get non-traditional with my fried rice sometimes. This recipe is quick and easy, so skip the take out and make your own fried rice for dinner tonight. Make a little extra for lunch tomorrow :-)
There are three parts to this recipe, the shrimp fried rice, the side vegetables, and the condiment sauce. All of the ingredients for this shrimp fried rice recipe can be found at your local grocery store. Although you may have to look in the Asian isle of your grocery store to find the fish sauce.
We will start with the condiment sauce. Thinly slice shallots, garlic, and chilies. Add them to a small sauce bowl and fill with fish sauce, and squeeze in about half of a small lime. Set this aside for now, we will eat it with our finished meal. This simple sauce will add saltiness and flavor to your shrimp fried rice.
Next we will get started on the shrimp fried rice. Add your cooking oil to a pan and let it get hot. Once hot, add your diced garlic. Allow the garlic to cook until it starts to turn a light golden brown. Do not burn your garlic, it will taste bad.
Once your garlic is ready, add your shrimp and mix them together. Allow your shrimp to cook about half way before proceeding to the next step. Fully cooking your shrimp at this step will result in overcooked shrimp at the end.
When your shrimp is about half way cooked, add two eggs and stir together well. Again, only cook your eggs about half way before going on to the next step. Don't fully cook your eggs in this step.
Once your eggs are about half way cooked, add your carrots and corn. Stir everything together well and allow it to cook until your shrimp and eggs are fully done. It won't take long.
Once every thing has full cooked together, add your white rice. Do not add "dry" rice. I recommend using "day old" white rice. Rice loses a little of its moisture when sitting in the refrigerator overnight. This makes the perfect fried rice. Add your soy sauce or soy based cooking sauce, and a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste. Mix everything together will.
Next add your sweet peas and your spring onions and continue mixing everything together until your are ready to serve.
Making the side vegetables is easy. Simply peel a cucumber, then slice it. Next slice a tomato. Fresh vegetables cleanse the palate and I like to have a couple every few bites. Use a palate cleanser when eating dishes with diverse flavors.
To give your rice a rounded shape, add it to a small bowl first. Then transfer it to your plate. Add your vegetables to the side of your plate and serve with your condiment sauce.
Cooking Notes: Shrimp fried rice is a great main dish or side dish as part of a larger meal. Either way, there are a couple of things that are easily substituted. For example, if you don't like shrimp just replace it with chicken, pork, or tofu. If you want to get really creative, try adding a pinch of curry powder to your fried rice during cooking.