I'm not a super big fan of Chinese food. It's never my first pick when eating out...or second, or third. My mother is such a fan and usually ordered it when she wasn't going to be cooking dinner. But every once in a blue moon, I get a hunger pang for it. And last week was one of those times. I found this recipe for easy fried rice and mixed in shrimp. It was truly easy to make and in my opinion, was more delicious than any take-out place!
Shrimp Fried Rice
(serves about 6)
- Cooking spray
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (*I used 3 eggs)
- 1 cup, uncooked shredded carrots (*I used small carrots that I already had)
- 1 cup, uncooked scallions, sliced & divided
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed (*I used canned peas that I already had)
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce, or to taste
- 1 pound of peeled, deveined shrimp (*My add-in; could also use diced chicken or keep as vegetarian dish)
*I use a rice cooker to make my rice, so I started that before going further as it takes about 20-25 minutes for the rice to cook.
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; warm pan over medium-high heat. Add eggs; tilt pan so that eggs cover entire bottom surface of pan.
When eggs start to set, break them up into pieces (scramble them) with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until eggs are cooked through, about 1 minute more; remove eggs from skillet and set aside.
Off heat, recoat same skillet with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat.
*At this time, I threw the shrimp into skillet to cook. Once cooked, I removed from skillet & set them aside along with the cooked eggs.
Add carrots and all but 2 tablespoons scallions; sauté until carrots are crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in cooked rice, peas and soy sauce; cook until heated through, stirring once or twice, about 1 minute. Gently stir in cooked egg (*and cooked shrimp or diced chicken) and remaining scallions; heat through.
(Yields about 3/4 cups per serving)
And there you have home-cooked fried rice! It's delicious on it's own in case you want a vegetarian dish. The shrimp was great in it & I think chicken would be just as good too!
Let me know if you try it out!