Shrimp Fried Rice that is better than take-out

Who doesn’t love fried rice? And then add some freshly cooked jumbo shrimp on top, and whamo… the most delicious dinner that earned four stars from the Riske Kid Review Board. This Shrimp Fried Rice recipe hits it out of the park when you want to save some money, are stuck at home, and you crave a bit of take-out.

shrimp fried rice in Wok

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Published January 17, 2022
Updated March 23, 2022
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I lost taste and smell

Last week, after feeling literally awful since Christmas, Tyler bought a few at-home tests and I tested positive for covid-19. I’d say that was a success, nearly two years of not getting it, with our three kids in school and my husband working.

Y’all… I had been to the doctor literally eight days before this and tested negative for covid AND strep and was given a ten-day antibiotic for a severe sinus infection.
Three days into my antibiotic regimen, I felt amazing and then two days after the sickness hit me like a freight train. But, enough about that stuff, I am happy to say that after literally two weeks off of cooking for lack of energy, this lady is back in the kitchen!

At least now that I am cooking again the food will taste good because I am an avid taste-tester while cooking. The last six days I lost my taste and smell completely. It was bizarre!

What makes this recipe work?

Do you like take-out and particularly fried rice? Do you like easy meals that taste legit? Then this meal is for you! Start to finish, this fried rice took me twenty minutes. It was flavorful, cooked to perfection, easy to make, and ridiculously inexpensive compared to restaurant costs. Our kids had seconds and were fighting over the shrimp like they had never eaten them before.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love shrimp as much as the next guy, but if you want to omit them go right ahead! You could also use chicken.

I went ahead and did an online search for shrimp fried rice in my area. Mind you, we live in a small town and most restaurants will not deliver to us, so I used a larger city in my area as reference. P.F. Chang’s is a restaurant that does dine in, pickup and delivery. Their side of shrimp fried rice is $12.99!
Another restaurant in our local area is GingeRootz. Their shrimp fried rice is $14.00 for a serving.
For a third option, here is a random choice out of Chicago, at Big Bowl where their shrimp fried rice is $17.95.

Either way, fried rice is just delicious and a win for dinner any time. We had mushrooms and broccoli that needed to be eaten, so I busted out my recipe for Broccoli Mushroom stir fry. It is delicious and super quick and easy! Plus, making this stir fry in addition to the fried rice helped to balance the meal and increase the volume. Four kids eat a lot of food. Click the link below for my full recipe.

shrimp fried rice served on a plate with broccoli and mushroom

Another reason this recipe is just the best is because I use jumbo raw shrimp. I buy it frozen and deveined and remove the shells off myself when the shrimps are thawed. Instead, using raw shrimp, you get 100% control over how cooked they become. These shrimp, when cooked at home, are not rubbery or chewy. Shrimp, when cooked after being raw, are more delicious and can soak up the flavor of the meal you are making.

If you have never bought raw shrimp with their shells on, I highly recommend it. Removing the shells does not take much effort, but the results of cooking them in a from scratch meal far outweighs the work involved. Just make sure to rinse them and check for those veins to be fully removed.

If you do not have a wok, I highly recommend getting one as they can be used for so many different recipes and meals.

Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups brown or white rice, cooked
1 onion
1 shallot
4 garlic cloves
1 bag mixed vegetables, frozen
1/2 cup stock
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp oil

ingredients for shrimp fried rice on the countertop

Directions

1. Cook rice according to its package directions. We had 2 cups brown rice and 1 cup white rice and did a blend. When using brown rice, place the rice in the pot and fill with water to just the top of the rice. Carefully swoosh the water around to clean it and pour out the water, doing this 2-3 times or until the water is clear.

rice cooking in pot

2. Warm a wok and then add 1 Tbsp oil. The oil is heated and ready when it ripples and is almost smoking.

3. Dice shallot and onion and add them to the hot wok and cook until tender, 3-5 minutes.

4. Dice garlic clove and add it to the wok, stir and cook until fragrant.

add garlic to cooking onion and shallots in Wok

5. Pour 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables into the wok and then cook for 2-4 minutes.

add frozen mixed vegetables for shrimp fried rice in Wok

6. Add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp ground ginger to the wok and then stir. Feel free to add additional soy sauce if desired for a moister Fried Rice.

7. Add 1/2 cup stock to the wok and then stir to combine.

Cooking brocoli and mushrooms in a large saucepan

8. If using shrimp, add them to cook now, stirring until fully cooked. Make sure to peel the shells off of the shrimp and remove tails if you have them on still. I have found that buying shell-on raw shrimp is much cheaper than buying shelled shrimp or even cooked shrimp. The extra twenty minutes to remove the shells and tails really helps to add to recipes.

9. Remove shrimp when they are pink and cooked. The reason to use raw shrimp and cook them in the pot is to add flavor to the shrimp. Plus, they do not get over cooked if they are raw. I buy them deveined and shell on and frozen. I thaw them and remove the shells myself. Honestly, this cuts the cost of the shrimp in such a big way.

10. Use a spatula and move the vegetables and onions to the side of the pan, creating a well. Crack 2 eggs into the middle of the pan and cook to scrambled. Mix the egg into the vegetables and add rice to the wok.

mix scrambled eggs in fried rice mixture

11. Replace shrimp to the wok.

add shrimp back to fried rice in Wok

12. Top with sliced green onion.

shrimp fried rice in Wok with green onions sprinkled on top;

Serve with sesame seeds and enjoy!
~Monica

shrimp fried rice on white plate

Tyler was able to get leftovers for lunch the next day, plus I had some broccoli and mushroom stir fry and rice leftover. Sam and Matthew had multiple servings, Levi and Elliana fought over who could eat the most shrimp. This meal was easy to cook, full of flavor and so delicious. We did not have much for leftovers after dinner!

What was left of dinner in the Wok

Recipe for Shrimp Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 cups brown or white rice, cooked
1 onion
1 shallot
4 garlic cloves
1 bag mixed vegetables, frozen
1/2 cup stock
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp oil

Directions for Shrimp Fried Rice

1. Cook rice according to directions, making sure it is fully cooked and tender before adding to the Wok.
2. Warm a wok and then add 1 Tbsp oil.
3. Dice shallot and onion and then add them to the hot wok cooking until tender, 3-5 minutes.
4. Dice garlic clove and then add it to the wok, stir and cook until fragrant.
5. Add 1/2 cup stock to the wok, then stir to combine.
6. Add 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp rice vinegar and 1 tsp ground ginger to the wok and then stir.
7. Pour 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables into the wok and cook for 2-4 minutes.
8. If using shrimp, add them to cook now, stirring until fully cooked.
9. Remove shrimp when they are pink and cooked.
10. Use a spatula and move the vegetables and onions to the side of the pan, creating an empty circle in the middle. Crack 2 eggs into the middle of the pan and then cook to scrambled and mix the egg into the vegetables and add rice to the wok.
11. Finally, replace shrimp to the wok and stir to blend.
12. Top with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Shrimp fried rice on white plate with broccoli and mushrooms

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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