There are a few dishes that we make in our home that fall under my husband's department and Chinese fried rice with shrimp is one of them. If he even sees me making it, he will take over. My theory is that because it turns out so good, I think he wants the credit for it. And I gladly allow him to take over because that means I get to stretch my legs out and relax!
We always have a pot of cooked rice in our home. I make a fresh batch about every 2-3 days and make enough to have left overs in the fridge for the next day or 2. So making fried rice is super easy in our home. Plus, it gives us some variety over the typical plain white rice that we often consume. So yes, we get excited when we make fried rice. But add some shrimp in there and see the excitement level sky-rocket! (I think we may need to get out more...).
Chinese fried rice with shrimp is one of my favourite "go-to"s for a weeknight meal. It is ready in less than 30 minutes and you do not need to fuss over making additional dishes to create a complete dinner. It is a complete meal all on its own. The downside to learning this easy and simple recipe is that you will never order it at the restaurant again. Seriously, just watch how quickly you will stop ordering take-out! I guess that is not really much of a downside... 😛
Another great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. Don't like shrimp? Well, easily substitute it for chicken, beef or pork. Are you a vegetarian? Make this without the shrimp or substitute the shrimp with tofu.
Essential Tips for the Perfect Fried Rice with Shrimp
- Use cold, cooked rice that is at least a day old. Warm rice will get sticky and mushy.
- Use medium to long-grain rice. Basmati rice or Jasmine rice are great options.
- Marinate the shrimp for at least 10 minutes.
- Fry the ingredients separately and combine the fried ingredients together at the end.