Looking for a delicious meal that’s ready in no time? Our Takeaway Shrimp Fried Rice is just that! The dish starts with boiled white rice, which is pan-fried until golden and crisp. Tender, juicy shrimp are added to the mix along with various vegetables like peas, carrots and onions. The whole dish is seasoned with soy sauce and other seasonings, and it’s a delicious meal that can be prepared in minutes. Try our Takeaway Shrimp Fried Rice today and enjoy the delicious convenience without having to cook at home!
Takeaway Shrimp Fried Rice is not an authentic Chinese recipe, but a typical American version of a Chinese takeout restaurant. Stay At Home Chef uses ingredients that are readily available to most people in the US and Canada, making it easy for anyone to sample world cuisine, even if they have limited travel opportunities or limited access to local ingredients.
When making fried rice, it is best to use leftover or stale rice. Freshly cooked rice can be too hot and sticky, making it hard to handle and prone to sticking to the pan. Leftover rice has had time to cool and dry, making it easier to handle. You can use any type of leftover or next-day rice for fried rice, whether it’s instant rice, long-grain, short-grain, wild rice, or brown rice.
Tips for Using Fresh Rice
If you only have freshly cooked rice on hand, don’t worry! You can still make delicious shrimp fried rice. Spread the steaming rice thinly and evenly on a baking sheet, then place in the refrigerator to cool and dry for at least 30 minutes. This will help remove excess moisture from the rice, making it less sticky and easier to process.
We love using a classic vegetable mix in this recipe. This includes fresh scallions, carrots and peas. You can make it even easier with a frozen carrot and pea mix! If you want to make your meals more vegetarian, consider these delicious additions:
- snow peas
- green beans
Variations and Substitutions
There are a few different ways to add more flavor to this recipe. Cooking shrimp in a combination of sesame oil and cooking oil goes a long way. The added garlic also adds wonderful flavor, and a little soy sauce for garnish! If you prefer to use liquid aminos, you can use that instead. If you like it spicier, feel free to add red pepper flakes – or our favorite, Sriracha!
Eggs are a key ingredient in fried rice—they add a soft, springy texture to the end result. However, you can always skip it or substitute firm ground tofu.