A few weeks ago, I shared my super simple and delicious Chinese-style 10-minute vegetarian fried rice. Now, it's time to switch up the flavours and add in some protein. 10-minute seafood fried rice is on the menu tonight. It's a one-pan, quick and easy, better than takeout meal that can be made at home tastier and with healthier ingredients. It's the easiest weeknight meal.
Seafood is one of my favourite ingredients to add to fried rice. We have added tiger prawns and a sprinkle of fish roe on top (optional), and paired it with satay sauce for optimal flavouring. Satay sauce has a very unique sour and slightly spicy taste. This combination of flavours is a very common in seafood fried rice all over Malaysia, Thailand and other parts of Asia as well.
Ingredients in Seafood Fried Rice
To make this seafood fried rice with shrimp, you will need the following ingredients:
- vegetable oil - necessary for stir-frying.
- tiger prawns - I love fresh tiger prawns in this dish, but this can be substituted easily with any kind of shrimp.
- eggs - fried rice staple.
- white rice - freshly cooked is best, but you can use leftover rice. You will just need to add some water to soften the rice.
- vegetables - fresh or frozen carrots, green peas, and sweet corn. You can get creative and add in whatever vegetables you have on hand. Green beans would go really well in this.
- seasonings - sesame oil, maggi sauce, salt. Maggi sauce can be substituted with soy sauce.
- satay sauce - has a unique sour and slightly spicy taste.
- green onions - can be substituted with cilantro (but if using cilantro, it must be added at the end as a topping, as it will wilt under the heat).
- roasted white sesame seeds (optional) - for topping.
- masago caviar (optional) - similar to sushi roe.
How to Cook Fried Rice with Prawns or Shrimp
Making seafood fried rice is so easy. It takes about 10 minutes of prep (you do need to peel and devein the shrimp), and 10 minutes to cook.
First, cook the prawns over medium-high heat with ginger. Then, make some space and add in the eggs with a pinch of green onions, and scramble. Stir in carrots, sweet corn and peas (and any other vegetables if using). Then, stir in rice. Continuously stir to cook evenly and distribute. Add in seasoning (satay sauce, sesame oil and salt) and continuously stir. Add maggi sauce and green onions and stir to combine. Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and masago caviar (roe) on top, and serve.
Tips for Making the Best Fried Rice
- Continuously stir. You will need to continuously stir throughout the cooking process to ensure even distribution of heat across the dish, and even cooking. Fried rice is about uniformity. The rice is supposed to be evenly cooked and all the pieces should have the exact same flavour and texture. I often use 2 spatulas for cooking this dish.
- Cook eggs until tender. Cook the eggs on medium high heat until cooked through, yet tender. You don't want the eggs to get to a very dry stage early on. You want them to be springy and bright in colour.
- Cook fried rice over high heat. Cook fried rice over high heat to achieve the best mix of texture and flavours. Asian fried rice is supposed to be cooked quickly, so cooking over high heat speeds up the cooking process.
More Stir Fry Recipes
- 10-Minute Vegetarian Fried Rice
- Stir-Fried Rice Cakes with Shrimp
- 10-Minute Chicken Pad Thai
- Shanghai Style Fried Noodles
- Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles
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Seafood Fried Rice
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 3-4 servings
- Diet: Gluten Free
Quick and easy, one-pan, 10-minute seafood fried rice with tiger prawns is so much healthier, tastier and better than takeout. It's the easiest weeknight dinner.
- ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 lb. tiger prawns, peeled and deveined (approximately 10 pieces)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup carrots, diced
- ½ cup frozen green peas
- ½ cup frozen sweet corn
- 3 cups freshly cooked white rice (can use leftover rice)
- 2 teaspoons satay sauce (or satay paste)
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons maggi sauce
- ½ tablespoon green onions (approximately 1 full stem), chopped
- 1 teaspoon roasted white sesame seeds (optional)
- 2 teaspoons masago caviar (optional)
- Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat for one minute. Add prawns, continuously stir and flip the over until both sides turn orange and are cooked through, about 3 minutes.
- Push the prawns to one side to make space for cooking the eggs. Add beaten eggs with a pinch of the sliced green onions into empty side of the pan, and stir until scrambled and cooked through, yet still tender.
- Add carrots, sweet corn, and peas to the pan. Continuously stir for a minute to cook and evenly mix.
- Add the rice and turn the heat up to high. It's very important to cook fried rice over high heat to achieve the best texture. If you are using leftover rice, add up to ¼ cup of water to soften the rice. Continuously stir for a minute to cook and evenly mix and distribute the ingredients.
- Add satay sauce, sesame oil, and salt, and keep stirring, for about 1 minute. Add maggi sauce and green onions at the end and stir to combine.
- Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and masago caviar (roe) on top, and serve.
Continuously stir. You will need to continuously stir throughout the cooking process to ensure even distribution of heat across the dish, and even cooking. Fried rice is about uniformity. The rice is supposed to be evenly cooked and all the pieces should have the exact same flavour and texture. I often use 2 spatulas for cooking this dish.
Cook eggs until tender. Cook the eggs on medium high heat until cooked through, yet tender. You don't want the eggs to get to a very dry stage early on. You want them to be springy and bright in colour.
Cook fried rice over high heat. Cook fried rice over high heat to achieve the best mix of texture and flavours. Asian fried rice is supposed to be cooked quickly, so cooking over high heat speeds up the cooking process.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Rice
- Method: Stir Fry
- Cuisine: Chinese
Keywords: fried rice, seafood fried rice, shrimp fried rice, fried rice with shrimp, weeknight dinner
Love quick and easy recipes like this. I'm such a huge fan of fried rice but I'd never tried it with satay sauce. It was a great change up and super delicious. I'm going to give this a try with chicken next.
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Thank you Linda! So happy you gave it a try and liked it! Let me know how you like it with chicken 🙂
Needed something quick and easy to use my leftover rice up from yesterday! This was perfect!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Thank you for the review! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂