Fried rice is potentially one of the most-ordered Chinese dishes in the world and the reasons are quite obvious: it’s convenient, affordable, and packed with nutrition and flavors. There are numerous variations of fried rice recipes, but I am partial to shrimp fried rice. Everything seems to taste better with fresh, succulent, and luscious shrimp; Classic Shrimp Fried Rice is no exception. When dining out at Chinese restaurants, don’t be shy about asking for more steamed white rice to go with your order. I always bring home the extra rice from restaurants and fry up a batch of Classic Shrimp Fried Rice the next day. For best results, the rice should be chilled in a refrigerator overnight (hence “overnight rice”) before the cooking process.
Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as part of a multi-course meal
- 3 cups (500 g) overnight steamed white rice
- 21/2 tablespoons oil
- 3 large eggs, beaten and seasoned with a pinch of salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- One 1/2 in (1.25 cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- 4 oz (100 g) shelled and deveined medium-sized raw shrimp
- 1 cup (160 g) store-bought frozen peas and carrots Salt, to taste
- 11/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 dashes white pepper
- Gently break up the lumpy overnight rice with the back of a spoon or fork. Mix all the ingredients for the Seasonings in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Gently pour in the beaten eggs and fry until it just starts to set, about 1 minute. Flip the egg over and continue to fry until it’s set. Use the spatula to break the eggs into small pieces. Dish out and set aside.
- Reheat the wok or skillet over high heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the minced garlic and ginger, stir-fry until they become light brown in color or aromatic.
- Add the shrimp and stir-fry until they are half-cooked or the surface turns opaque, and then add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir quickly to combine the ingredients, about 10 seconds. Spoon the rice into the wok or skillet and combine everything evenly with a spatula.
- Stir in the Seasonings, blending it well with the rice. Return the cooked eggs to the wok or skillet, stir to combine with the rice and cook the rice. Keep stirring the fried rice until slightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add salt to taste, dish out and serve immediately.
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