Shrimp fried rice is a fun treat both easy to cook and fun to serve. The trick to cooking shrimp is to make sure you cook it for as little time as needed; as soon as the shrimp is opaque, you're done. While many shrimp fried rice recipes use tiny pink shrimp, this recipe uses chunks of medium size shrimp. You'll need to complete a couple of the steps ahead of time, so read the directions carefully at least one day ahead of your preparation time.
Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 cups chilled, day old rice
1 cup cubed and cooked carrots
¾ pound fresh medium sized, uncooked shrimp
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 medium onion, diced
¼ cup sherry
¼ cup soy sauce
1 cup frozen or fresh peas (thawed, if frozen)
The best fried rice dishes are made with day old, chilled rice. You can make white, brown, or basmati rice-the kind of rice you choose is really up to your taste-according to the directions on the package. Just make sure you make the rice a day ahead of time, then stick it in the refrigerator (covered) overnight so it gets dry.
Prepare your carrots by cubing them, then either steaming them or cooking them in a little bit of water in the microwave. Drain the water before using in the fried rice. Press them between paper towels to remove excess moisture.
About 30 minutes before you begin your fried rice dish you'll want to prep the shrimp. Rinse them, then remove tails, devein them, and cut them into bite sized chunks.
You'll want to prepare the eggs for your fried rice dish ahead of time also. Beat a couple eggs while you heat your wok on medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil to the wok, wait ten seconds for the oil to heat, then pour your egg into the wok, tipping the wok so a thin layer of egg spreads all around the surface of the wok, kind of like a crepe. The egg should cook through in a couple of minutes. You don't need to mix the egg, flip it, or do anything but remove the wok from the heat source as soon as the egg is set. Then you can cut the egg into strips, then cubes, all while the egg is in the wok. Remove the egg pieces and put them aside just before you make your fried rice dish.
Now you are ready to make your shrimp fried rice.
Add your second tablespoon of oil to the wok and heat it until it is smoking hot. Add your garlic, ginger and minced onions; toss these in the hot oil for one to two minutes, just until the onion is translucent. Add the shrimp and toss for one to two minutes, until pork just begins to turn opaque. Remove the shrimp from the wok. Add soy sauce, sherry, rice, peas and carrots to wok; toss vigorously for two minutes. Add back in shrimp and egg strips, toss again, cover and let cook for a minute. Serve immediately.
By making your fried rice at home, you can completely control what goes into it, which means this dish can be both low-fat and delicious.