Seafood/ Side Dishes/ Vegetarian

Shrimp Fried Rice

On the menu tonight – Shrimp Fried Rice!

I love fried rice and this version is SO easy to make. While I know how to make rice, I like to take a shortcut when I make fried rice. Whenever we order Chinese food, we never eat all the rice. You can only have plain rice as a side with so many things. SO, what to do? Fried Rice!

Fried Rice… you can go vegetarian – garlic, peas, carrots, and green onion. OR Pescatarian – same as vegetarian and add shrimp. OR you can go Carnivore – same as vegetarian and add your choice of meat. My recommendation would be Spam. Yes – Spam. Spam and pineapple. Today, I went with shrimp for the protein.

When I say this dish comes together quickly, we’re talking about 15 minutes. I mentioned the Chinese food rice, the second shortcut is frozen peas and carrots. Frozen veggies are just as fresh as fresh – they have to be. The veggies are frozen right away after being picked and processed wherever they are grown. Just don’t let them sit in your freezer for 6 months and expect them to taste fresh. They are PERFECT for fried rice. The carrots are already diced way better than you or I are going to dice them and there’s no prep for the peas. So, for prep on this dish all I had to do was smash and finely chop the garlic, measure out the soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame seed oil.

For the cook, just heat up a large skillet or even a roasting pan, sans the rack, and heat up the oil. Cook the scrambled eggs, remove and let cool. Then add in the shrimp and garlic, cook about 3 minutes. Don’t forget to flip the shrimp so the other side gets to cook. Then, add the peas and carrots, cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Add the rice, soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame seed oil. Stir to combine and continue stirring to let the rice get a little crispy.

Serve immediately with a little chopped green onion on top. I hope the next time you are in the mood for Fried Rice, I hope you’ll try my Shrimp Fried Rice.

Shrimp Fried Rice

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By Patrick Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

Shrimp Fried Rice


  • 1/4 - 1/2 lb shrimp - deveined
  • 2- 3 cups cooked rice
  • 12 oz pkg frozen peas and carrots
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or smashed and finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil



Pre-heat large cast iron skillet or roasting pan over medium-high heat (you want some room to groove on this one)


Add about 1/2 tsp oil to the pan


Add the scrambled eggs and cook to finished - but barely finished and remove from pan. The eggs will get cooked more with the rice later


Add the shrimp and garlic and cook about a minute and a half, then flip the shrimp to cook another minute and a half on the other side


Add the peas & carrots mix, the rice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil, cook another 3-5 minutes


Add the white pepper and stir to combine


Continue stirring the mixture to let some of the rice get crispy bits


It should be ready now... serve immediately and garnish with the chopped green onion


This same recipe could be tweaked so many ways. As I mentioned the Spam Fried Rice. For that one, you'll want to add some pineapple and bell pepper.

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