Homemade Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice is so much better than takeout – you have to try this recipe!
Fried rice is such a common dish in our household that I wouldn’t even think to post a recipe for it on my blog, except for the fact that it’s so good and one of those dishes that everyone should learn how to make. Fried rice is the perfect way to use up all those bits and pieces in your refrigerator and freezer, and sneak in some extra vegetables (or use up all the scraps). One of my husband’s favorite dishes when we eat out is Yang Chow Fried Rice, which is basically fried rice with shrimp and ham. Somehow, when you add shrimp to fried rice, it takes this lowly leftover dish to new heights.
The other night, I was scouring my refrigerator and freezer to see what I could throw together for dinner. It was getting late and I needed to get something on the table quickly (my teenage boys are starving when they walk in the door after sports). This Shrimp Fried Rice came together quickly using leftover steamed brown rice (I make a big batch at the beginning of the week), frozen peas, a sole red bell pepper, a wedge of cabbage, a small amount of frozen shrimp, and a few eggs.
I always start off my fried rice by sauteing a little ginger and garlic – these are my key aromatics. The other trick is the sauce. I learned how to make really good fried rice a few years ago when I started using a combination of flavorings in my sauce – soy sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and a dash of sugar. Sure, you can use just soy sauce, but your fried rice won’t taste nearly as good.
I served this Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice for dinner with some pan-fried dumplings (they come frozen and can be found at the supermarket or your local Asian market) and steamed Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. We call this meal “Chinese takeout” at home.
Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice
- 1 cup medium shrimp peeled
- 1 teaspoon rice wine
- 4 teaspoons olive oil divided
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 slice ginger the size of a quarter, peeled, minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 cups chopped cabbage
- 1 red bell pepper trimmed, chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 4 cups cooked brown rice
Fried Rice Sauce
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 2 teaspoons rice wine
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon organic sugar
- 1 scallion chopped
Mix shrimp with rice wine.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a wok or large skillet. Scramble eggs. Remove.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the wok; add shrimp and saute until just cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon.
Heat remaining teaspoon of oil in wok; add ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant, about one minute. Add cabbage and saute one minute; add red bell pepper and frozen peas and saute for two minutes. Add cooked rice and toss well until heated through. Return scrambled eggs to wok.
Stir together Fried Rice Sauce ingredients. Drizzle on top of rice and toss rice well.
Garnish with chopped scallion and serve.
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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
We love Fried Rice and it is such a great way to use up bits and pieces of leftover veg for sure! Shrimp really does elevate it – pretty pics Jeanette 🙂
Fried rice is the best isn’t it? Funny how you can turn such a humble dish into something special with just a little bit of shrimp ;).
I am still trying to perfect my fried rice, it’s getting better! I agree, such a great way to use up the odds and ends, I love how this one came together!!
Aggie – I’ve been making fried rice since I was in college – it was our midnight snack, so inexpensive to make and so good. Over the years, I’ve played with the seasonings and sauce, and finally found my favorite combination. When I’m short on time and everyone’s hungry, I know I can always make fried rice – we always have leftovers in our refrigerator and some frozen peas.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
This is exactly the kind of dish I love to make! Almost anything from the freezer and fridge can go into fried rice — I always have shrimp and peas in the freezer, and go from there.
Beth @ Tasty Yummies says
YUM looks so good. Believe it or not, I’ve never made fried rice at home. I need to! Do you have a stovetop wok? I used to have an electric wok and I HATED it. I only liked it for it’s size but I had such a time trying to control the heat. I need a good stove top wok! Any recommendations?
Thank you Jeanette. Your recipes are always so wonderflul as well as your pictures. Have a wonderful day!
Cookin Canuck says
This is exactly the sort of “clear the fridge out” dinner that appeals to my family and me. Great flavors in here, especially with the oyster sauce.
love this!! we’ve never thought to put shrimp in our fried rice!
You are so right when you say the secret is in the sauce, Jeanette! This looks wonderful and I love the addition of shrimp too!
What a wonderful recipe. I like fried rice a lot and the shrimp and veggies look like they add great flavor.
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
So delicious! I have been needing to incorporate more Asian cooking into my weeknights, and this looks like just the thing! Thanks, Jeanette.
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
I’m making kimchi fried rice for dinner now! That looks incredible, Jeanette! Love shrimp in fried rice 🙂
EA-The Spicy RD says
We love fried rice at our home, especially with frozen organic brown rice from Trader Joes. I just add it to the pan still frozen, and no clumping! I want to try your sauce, since I usually only flavor with Tamari and sesame oil. Glad you shared 🙂
Beth @ Tasty Yummies says
I just discovered that amazing organic brown rice at Traders and I am obsessed. Sooo simple for when you don’t have the time to wait for brown rice to cook. I’ll have to try in a fried rice recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve never bought Trader Joe’s brown rice, but it’s great that are easy options available.
Kelly @ Inspired Edibles says
I love the addition of egg here – I use it quite a bit in Vietnamese and Thai dishes and find it really enhances stir fries. It’s hard to beat stir-fries for versatility and efficiency too!
Thanks again, Jeanette for the fried rice recipe. All your recipes are great! Have a safe and wonderful day!
Thanks Liz – appreciate you stopping by ;).
Jen Miller says
My wok is shipping this week. I’d love to try this great recipe of yours!!! Can’t wait.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family!
One of my favoruites! Happy New Year, 萬事如意 Jeanette!