Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Shrimp Fried Rice

We used to make Fried Rice a lot when we couldn't figure out what else to make and needed a quick dinner. It always tasted just OK which is probably why we stopped making it. This past weekend, we decided to try it again. We made a huge batch of Shrimp Fried Rice.

This dish can be easily customized. Your choice of meat/seafood, or none. Egg or no egg. A little egg/a lot of egg. Vegetables. Seasonings. White or brown rice.

We chose shrimp with broccoli, mushrooms, peas, carrots, onion, egg, soy sauce, fresh ginger, rice wine vinegar and white rice.
This was the best fried rice we've ever made. It was really tasty. It could have used a bit more soy sauce, but we can add some more when we reheat it. We got 4 dinners out of this.

Shrimp Fried Rice 

Shrimp (cooked or uncooked, frozen or fresh, peeled, deveined, as many as you want)
2-2.5 cups uncooked rice
2 heads broccoli, florets only
2-3 carrots, diced
24 oz mushrooms (the Costco package), diced
half an onion
half a bag frozen baby peas
2-3 eggs
Soy sauce
1 inch cube of fresh ginger, grated
Rice wine vinegar
Vegetable oil

1. Cook rice the night before (we used our rice cooker). Cool & refrigerate.
2. Blanch the broccoli florets then cut down into tiny pieces of florets and stems.
3. Saute mushrooms until browned and water is evaporated. Set aside on paper towel to drain.
4. Scramble the eggs. We added a splash of soy sauce to the scrambled eggs. Set aside.
5. Saute onions and carrots in a bit of oil. Add a splash of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar.
6. Cook shrimp (unless already cooked). We usually figure 5-6 per person per meal. Set aside when cooked (about 2-3 minutes per side).
7. While cooking shrimp, add rice to onions and carrots. Mix well.
8. When the rice is warm (no longer cold from refrigerator but it doesn't have to be super hot yet) add broccoli, mushrooms, scrambled egg, peas, fresh ginger, soy sauce.
9. When everything is mixed together, hot, and seasoned to your liking (soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, salt, pepper), spoon onto plates and top with desired number of cooked shrimp.
10. We portioned out the leftover fried rice & veggie into glass containers for reheating in the oven. Additional uncooked shrimp will be sauteed each night we eat leftover fried rice so that the shrimp doesn't end up overcooked. They only take 2-3 minutes per side.

*You could also add garlic, sesame oil, oyster sauce, chili sauce.
*You could use chicken, pork, ham, whatever you like.
*Other vegetables could be pepper, snow peas, green beans, cabbage.
*We use low sodium soy sauce. If you use regular, watch how much you use so it doesn't get too salty.
*The quantities/ingredients/seasonings are really up to personal preference. Be sure to use cold rice, make sure the vegetables are cooked but not overcooked (so sometimes they need to be cooked separately then mixed in), and don't over cook your protein.
*We prefer a large number of vegetables and less rice which is why we used a lot of vegetables.

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