Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

Top view of shrimp fried rice in a wok with a wooden spoon.Top view of shrimp fried rice in a wok with a wooden spoon.

Ready for a dinner full of flavor, easy to prepare and perfect for any night of the week? Our Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe is sure to become your new favorite meal! It's packed with tender shrimp, crispy rice and colorful vegetables. Whether you're cooking for one or feeding a crowd, this delicious dish is sure to satisfy.

Are you looking for a tasty dish ready in a short time? Our takeaway shrimp fried rice is just what you need! This dish starts with cooked white rice, which is pan-fried until crispy and lightly browned. Tender, juicy shrimp are added to the mix, along with a variety of vegetables like peas, carrots and onions. The entire dish is flavored with soy sauce and other seasonings for a delicious meal ready in minutes. Try our takeout shrimp fried rice today and enjoy the convenience of a tasty meal without the hassle of cooking at home!

Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice is not an authentic Chinese recipe, but rather a typical American version of Chinese-American takeout restaurants. Chef Stay At Home uses ingredients that are easily accessible to most people in the United States and Canada, so anyone can easily celebrate world cuisines even if their travel opportunities or access to regional ingredients are limited.

Using leftover rice

When it comes to making fried rice, it's best to use leftover or day-old rice. Freshly cooked rice can be too hot and sticky, making it difficult to handle and prone to sticking to the pan. Leftover rice has had time to cool and dry, which makes it easier to process. You can use any type of leftover or day-old rice for fried rice, whether it's instant rice, long grain rice, short grain rice, wild rice, or brown rice.

Tip 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 hot, steaming rice onto a baking sheet in a thin, even layer, 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 work with.

Vegetable options

In this recipe we like to use a classic blend of vegetables. This includes fresh green onions, carrots and peas. You can use a frozen carrot and pea mix to make things even easier! Consider these delicious add-ons if you want to make your meal more veggie-packed:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Jackdaws
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
Close-up view of shrimp fried rice.Close-up view of shrimp fried rice.

Variations and substitutes

There are several ways to add more flavor to this recipe. Cooking shrimp in a combination of sesame oil and cooking oil is very helpful. The added garlic also adds wonderful flavor, as does a light drizzle of soy sauce for garnish! If you prefer to use liquid amino acids, you can use those. If you like a little heat, 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 final result. However, you can always skip it or replace it with crumbled firm tofu.

Instructions for storage and heating

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 2 days. To reheat, we recommend using a wok or pan on the stove. Heat over medium-high heat until thoroughly heated, about 10 minutes. You can (and should!) add a little water or chicken broth to the mixture to ensure it doesn't dry out.

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