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Shrimp Fried Rice Better-Than-Takeout Recipe

Shrimp fried rice is a quick and easy weeknight meal. Cooked shrimp is fried with rice, eggs, and vegetables with soy sauce and sesame oil.

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Homemade shrimp fried rice is a great alternative to chicken fried rice. I find this is better than Chinese takeout. It doesn’t have all the sodium and making it from home means I have the ability to customize it. 

I like making homemade fried rice, though, because it’s quick and easy, plus you can scale it up or down without a lot of work. This recipe makes enough for 6 servings. Usually, only two of us eat it, but the shrimp fried rice reheats well. It’s perfect to take to work the next day and heat for a minute in the microwave and have a delicious hot meal. 

Fried rice is great because it’s a complete meal made in one pan. This is one of my go-to recipes when we have a lot of veggies to use up or need a quick meal. It’s also a great way to use leftover cooked rice. 

A Note about Ingredients

You can customize this to your liking. I like a lot of fluffy egg in my fried rice (even though I’m allergic, I just load up on allergy meds that night!) but you can also use only 1 or 2 eggs if you don’t want as much. 

If you prefer brown rice or jasmine rice, you can substitute for those. It’s also a great way to use up leftover rice. If you have old cold rice, just make sure to warm it up before adding it to the meal. 

I like to use the precooked shrimp since it doesn’t take as long to heat. You can use small shrimp, but they would still need to be cut in half to get a good size for fried rice. If you prefer, you can use raw shrimp. It just needs to be cooked all the way so will increase your cooking time by 1-2 minutes. 

Garnish

You can garnish your shrimp fried rice with so many different things.

  • Oyster sauce
  • Green onions
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fish sauce
  • Bean sprouts

​Vegetable Options

While I opt for the bag of mixed frozen vegetables, you could also use other frozen or fresh vegetables. 

  • Broccoli
  • Bell pepper
  • Frozen peas
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Water chestnuts
  • Sweet potato
  • Snap peas

Shrimp Fried Rice Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 3 cups minute white rice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into smaller pieces
  • 4 oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
Ingredients for shrimp fried rice in white and stainless steel bowls on a white and blue surface

Preparation

Prepare the rice as directed.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Scramble the beaten eggs in a large skillet then remove them from the pan and set them aside.

Cooked egg in a skillet next to bowls of shrimp, vegetables, and cooking oils

For best results, use paper towels to get any excess moisture off of the shrimp. Heat the vegetable oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer to the hot pan and stir-fry until almost cooked through.

Cooked shrimp in a skillet next to bowls of cooked eggs, vegetables, and oils

Add the mixed vegetables and continue to stir-fry until crisp-tender. Lower the heat to medium then add the eggs, soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice. Mix until warmed through. Garnish with sliced green onions or sesame seeds. 

Shrimp fried rice in a skillet next to a bamboo tray with white bowls and soy sauce with a grey towel all on a white and blue surface (vertical)

Shrimp Fried Rice Leftovers

Storage: Any leftover shrimp fried rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. 

Reheating: When I reheat it, I like to add just a bit of liquid so it doesn’t get dried out. You can use more sesame oil or soy sauce if you want more of those flavors, or sometimes I will use vegetable broth. It only takes about one tablespoon to help if you plan to reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 27, 2022

Last Updated On: August 29, 2023

Shrimp fried rice in a skillet next to a bamboo tray with white bowls and soy sauce with a grey towel all on a white and blue surface

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp fried rice is a quick and easy weeknight meal. Cooked shrimp is fried with rice, eggs, and vegetables with soy sauce and sesame oil.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
fried rice
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rice
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seafood
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shrimp
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Seafood
Servings: 6 cups
5 from 12 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups minute white rice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp (peeled, deveined, and cut into smaller pieces)
  • 4 oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Instructions

  • Prepare the rice as directed
  • Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small bowl
  • Scramble the eggs in the skillet then remove from the pan and set aside
  • Heat the vegetable oil in the same skillet over high heat
  • Pat the shrimp with paper towels to remove excess moisture
  • Add the shrimp and stir-fry until almost cooked through
  • Add the mixed vegetables and continue to stir-fry until crisp-tender
  • Lower the heat to medium then add the eggs, soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice
  • Mix until warmed through
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Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 341mg14%
Potassium 191mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1079IU22%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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25 thoughts on “Shrimp Fried Rice Better-Than-Takeout Recipe”

  1. Jennifer L Prince

    That looks so easy to make, but it’s a great all-in-one dish for dinner. What a smart choice!

  2. 5 stars
    I do love the sound of this, it bet it’s delicious. I’m a bit hit and miss when it comes to rice dishes. Hopefully, if I follow this recipe to the letter it’ll work out. Wish me luck!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This rice dish looks absolutely delicious and yummy. It is a complete meal that everyone can savor and enjoy. Loved that you added shrimp here!

  4. 5 stars
    I love your version of fried rice. My kids love to eat fried rice for breakfast and I’ve never thought of adding shrimp. Thank you for this.

  5. This is one of my favorite dish! In Chinese restaurants they call this “yang-chow fried rice” this goes well with any other type of dish.

  6. This looks delicious and anything incorporating shrimp is a win in our house. I just saved this recipe so that I can incorporate it into next week’s meal plans. I’m sure my husband is going to love it!

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