Shrimp fried rice makes an excellent cuisine, especially when you are looking for a way out to use up your leftovers. It tastes remarkably delicious and fortunately it comes with certain health benefits as well.
Inclusion of different green vegetables and of course, the shrimp help in increasing its nutritional value and making it a perfect low fat food alternative. Additionally, cooking this dish only takes a few minutes off your clock and is not that challenging. Learn how to make fluffy, flavored fired shrimp rice and feast your tongue with this authentic Indo-Chinese cuisine:
- 5 ounces of frozen uncooked, unshelled shrimp
- One tablespoon Soy sauce
- Salt as per taste
- 2 tbsp. Fresh coriander
- 1 tablespoon diluted cornstarch
- Cooked ham
- 1 medium size sliced onion
- 2tbsp. chopped spring onions
- 5 cups cooked rice
- Oil for stir frying
- 2 cup peas
- 2 sliced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp. finely chopped ginger
Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Marinating and Cooking the Shrimp
Wash the shrimp under warm running water and carefully remove its dark dorsal vein. Dice the shrimp into small pieces and add the marinade ingredients i.e. salt, pepper and corn scratch. Leave the shrimp for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, you can dice tomatoes, onions which we are going to use later. Once the shrimp is completely marinated, heat a wok, add one tbsp. oil and fry the shrimp until it is 85% cooked. (Because we will add shrimp while cooking fried rice, it’s advisable not to completely cook the shrimp)
Cooking the Fried Rice
Now, chop the cooked ham and add sliced onion, finely sliced ginger, peas and spring onion with a dash of salt. Mix them and set aside it for a while. Put a frying or sauté pan on the stove and add one tbsp. of oil. Once the oil is heated, pour the mixture you just made and stir them until they are cooked. Now, add cooked rice and cooked shrimp in the mixture and cook them for about 10-12 minutes. Before taking the pan out of the stove, drizzle the soy and oyster sauce all around the rice and toss so that the sauce evenly reached every grain and included ingredient.
When your shrimp fried rice is cooked, take it out in a serving plate and then add sliced tomato for garnishing. If desired, add additional soy sauce over the rice. Your shrimp fried rice is finally ready to be served!
Quick Tips and Warning
- To avoid getting mushy and goopy fried rice, make use of previously refrigerated leftover rice. Freshly cooked rice always turns mushy when stirred constantly for cooking.
- High heat the pan to have each ingredient involved in the fried rice cooked to its core.Don’t flip or turn your shrimp or your fried rice constantly and allow it to heat up. Frequently poking the rice will cause the grain to break and leave off the unneeded starch.
- Whatever ingredients you add in fried rice, make sure they are cooked separately. If they are cooked together, flavor will not be that rich and everything will taste exactly the same.
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