Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

This super easy Shrimp Fried Rice is filled with tender rice, plump shrimp and veggies then tossed in a perfectly balanced sauce.

Super easy Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe made in a skillet or wok for an easy weeknight dinner!pinterestOne of my favorite things to make is my Quick and Easy Brown Fried Rice. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve made it for my family.

When I want to make the simple side dish into a complete meal I will fill it with plump shrimp or shredded chicken. This shrimp fried rice usually takes the win because I always keep a few bags of shrimp in my freezer.

How To Make Shrimp Fried Rice From Scratch

  • You’re going to start by cooking up your shrimp in a large skillet or wok along with some sesame oil. Cook the shrimp just until opaque and the tails start to curl in on themselves.
  • In the same skillet you’ll scramble two eggs, then set those aside.
  • Again to the skillet you’ll cook up some diced onion until tender and then set those aside.
  • Finally, you’ll add sesame oil, ginger and garlic to the skillet and then toss in your frozen veggies (I like to use carrots and peas).
  • Toss in your cooked (and cool) white or brown rice and stir fry in the skillet until lightly browned. Add in the shrimp, onion and egg, then pour in the sauce and toss to combine and heat through.

Perfectly cooked shrimp in a wok

While I show this meal made with the shrimp tails still attached, you’ll most likely want to remove them when you make the dish. It’s a pretty presentation with the tails on, but eating it this way just isn’t realistic.

Fried Rice Sauce

To get the perfect flavor of fried rice, it comes down to the sauce. It’s not just soy sauce that you’re looking for, but a combination of soy sauce and oyster sauce.

WHAT IS OYSTER SAUCE? 

  • Oyster sauce is a dark, thickened sauce that’s a little sweet and nutty. It’s made with oyster extracts, sugar, salt and thickened with cornstarch.
  • You can find oyster sauce in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store or on Amazon.
  • When in a pinch, you can use hoisin sauce in place of oyster sauce, or extra soy sauce and a touch of sugar.

Quick Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe with vegetables

Best Pan For Fried Rice

My favorite way to make this Shrimp Fried Rice is in a large wok.

The sides of the wok are thin, allowing a lot of heat to hit the pan and give the rice a good fry in the sesame oil. It’s also plenty deep to hold lots of rice and veggies, plus it easily wipes clean when finished.

If you don’t have a wok, you can also use a large skillet with deep sides.

Shrimp Fried Rice in a white bowl

What To Serve with Fried Rice

You really can’t go wrong with any of my Asian recipes, but here are some of my go-to recipes that I love to pair with fried rice.

I’m confident you’ll love this super quick fried rice recipe better than takeout and you’ll be making it over and over again!

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Super easy Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe made in a skillet or wok for an easy weeknight dinner!
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Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

This quick and easy Shrimp Fried Rice is filled with plump shrimp, loads of veggies and rice and tossed in a perfectly balanced sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1 lb. medium to large raw shrimp, tails and shells removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 3 cups cooked, white or brown rice
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tsp sesame oil in a large wok or deep sided skillet over medium heat. Cook shrimp in skillet until pink and no longer translucent. Remove from skillet and set aside in a warm place.
  • Coat the wok with non-stick spray, scramble the two eggs over medium heat then remove from pan to a plate to keep warm.
  • Add the onion to the wok and stir, cooking until the onions have softened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from wok and set aside.
  • Add 1 tsp of sesame oil to the wok and stir fry the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds. Add the frozen peas and carrots and stir fry for an additional 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir to combine. Add the oyster sauce and soy sauce. Stir to heat through.
  • Add the onions, eggs and shrimp back in the wok and stir in the green onions. Heat through, serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes
You can use cooked brown rice in place of the white rice if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 2029mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2325IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Easy, fried rice, shrimp
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WOW! This super easy Shrimp Fried Rice is way better than takeout and so quick to make at home!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
16 Responses
  1. I cook my own rice from a much larger package. It would help if you added a note regarding serving size for those of us who want to make the recipe with their own supply of white rice.

  2. Lillie

    Love shrimp fried rice. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try! Do you have a recipe for chicken fried rice? Kids don’t care for shrimp, but love chicken. Love your recipes

    1. Hey Lillie! To make this with chicken instead of shrimp, I would simply add in shredded cooked chicken at the end with the rice. Hope that helps!

  3. Ashlee v

    This looks so easy/good! Is the sodium so high because of the soy sauce? My husband has hbp so we have to watch. Do you know of any good substitutes?

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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