How To Make Easy Shrimp and Chicken Fried Rice

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Shrimp and chicken fried rice is one of the most loved fried rice menu in many restaurants. It is leftover rice fried with shrimps, chicken, vegetables, egg, and topped with leeks. A wonderful choice for your family!

shrimp fried rice
Shrimp Fried Rice

People often choose shrimp and chicken fried rice for take outs or dine-ins.  It is a simple one person dish but super delicious and easy to digest! Everyone loves shrimps! 🙂

You might wonder how to make one at home so you can have more shrimps, more rice probably or use your favorite soy sauce!

Then you are afraid your shrimps are not going to be as crunchy as the ones you had in the restaurant. And you are back to ordering it again to find only three to four small shrimps in your takeout.

Here I will tell you the secret to make your shrimps as crunchy as the ones in the restaurants.

Easy Shrimp and Chicken Fried Rice

I know it is easy to just make a phone call to the restaurants, order shrimp and chicken fried rice near you and get the takeout. But seriously, you have got to try this recipe!

My husband loves shrimps so much! He said my shrimp and chicken fried rice is much better than the takeouts, than the one we had in any restaurants we have been to.

It is so easy to make it at home. Even if you don’t have a big burner just like in the restaurants. You just need to fry the rice with high heat.

Shrimp Fried Rice Ingredients

shrimp fried rice ingredients
Shrimp Fried Rice ingredients

Leftover Rice

I highly recommend you use leftover rice that has been put in the fridge for at least 1 night. The leftover rice will not stick to one another.

If you only have freshly steamed rice, it is okay but it will be more sticky when you fry it.

Here is the trick to make it less sticky.

Wrap the rice with a cling wrap. Put in the chiller for at least 30 minutes or in the freezer for at least 10 minutes before use.

Leftover rice will be more dry and crumpled. You need to have a strong spatula to press and break the crumpled rice in the wok. This way all the seasonings will be easily spread.

Shrimps

The important ingredients of shrimp fried rice is, of course the shrimps. You can use fresh shrimps or frozen shrimps. Both should be peeled and deveined, washed clean.

The advantage of using frozen shrimps is that it is crunchier without having to do anything to it. I will spill the secret to crunchy shrimps later in this post!

Frozen shrimps
Frozen shrimps

Frozen Vegetables

You can use frozen peas and carrots. I use frozen peas, carrots, green beans, and corns. They add more colors to the fried rice.

frozen vegetables
Frozen vegetables

Seasonings

Prepare your seasonings in a bowl so you will not forget it while frying the rice. This way it is easier and you only have to put the seasonings one time into the wok.

Test it out and check if the seasonings are enough or not. If it is less salty, you may want to add a pinch of salt or a little bit of soy sauce.

Soy Sauce

You can use light soy sauce or dark soy sauce. The dark one will make the fried rice color darker and the light one will make it lighter. It is up to your preference.

Since you need to mix the soy sauce with a bit of fish sauce here, it will be not so dark anyway.

Chili Oil

Chilli oil is optional. If you have your favorite chili oil, you may put some. It will give more fragrance and add flavor to the fried rice.

You may use fresh chili, if you prefer it. Cut them in slices to add spice and color to the fried rice.

Here is the secret to crunchy shrimps!

If you use fresh shrimps and you want the shrimps to be crunchy, you need to soak them in a baking soda solution or alkaline water. (1)

Dilute 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda or alkaine water for 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for every pound of shrimp. Leave in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Wash them clean until they are no longer slimy from the solution.

Shrimp and Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

  • 200-250 gr leftover rice 
  • 3 pcs garlic
  • 30 gr frozen vegetables
  • 5 pcs fish ball
  • 80 gr chicken fillet (thigh)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 leeks (chopped)
  • 50-100 gr shrimp (peeled and deveined)

Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce/light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili oil (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder (optional)

How to Make Shrimp and Chicken Fried Rice

  1. Peel and devein the shrimps. Wash clean, set aside.
  2. Cut the fish balls into slices. Set aside.
  3. Cut the garlic into slices. Set aside.
  4. Slice the chicken fillet into bite size.
  5. Prepare the seasonings.
  6. Heat the wok and some oil.
  7. Put in the garlic, stir fry until it is golden. The oil should be fragrant enough. You can take out the garlic.
  8. Put in the fish balls and frozen vegetables. Stir fry for a while. Push a bit to the side.
  9. Put in one egg. Let it cook for a minute. You may break the yolk. Push a bit to the side.
  10. Put in the rice. Use your spatula to press the crumpled rice.
  11. Put in the seasonings. Stir fry to let seasonings cover the entire rice evenly.
  12. When the color is quite even, put in the shrimps. Mix with the spatula and let the shrimps cook.
  13. Put in the leeks. Stir fry. When you see the shrimps change color, you can turn off the stove.
  14. Serve on a plate.
  15. Now, heat some oil. Fry another egg. I like it half-cooked. Put it on top of the fried rice.
  16. Serve with shrimp crackers.

Serving

Serve shrimp and chicken fried rice on a plate, garnish with fresh parsley or fresh romaine salad, or fresh cucumber slices.

You may add shrimp cracker to the side or some fried shrimp balls.

shrimp fried rice
Shrimp Fried Rice with abundant crunchy shrimps!

Tips and Tricks

  • Always use leftover rice to make fried rice. Or if it is just cooked on the day you are making the fried rice, chill it first or put it in a freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  • Using high heat is a must in making fried rice at home. Use the big burner if you have one.
  • Add some butter to the cooking oil. It will add more flavor and fragrant to the fried rice.
  • You may keep the shrimp fried rice in an airtight container for lunch box. Let it cool for at least 5 minutes before closing the lid.
  • Add bacon, chicken, ham to vary your fried rice.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How can I make my fried rice less oily?

A: To make your fried rice less oily:

  1. Use a non-stick pan or wok which requires less oil.
  2. Measure the oil instead of pouring directly to control the amount.
  3. Use a paper towel to blot excess oil from the shrimp or other proteins before adding them to the rice.
  4. Ensure your rice is dry and cold; wet rice may require more oil to prevent sticking.

Q: How long can I store leftover shrimp fried rice?

A: Leftover shrimp fried rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When reheating, make sure the shrimp are heated thoroughly.

Q: Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

A: Yes, brown rice can be a healthier alternative to white rice due to its higher fiber content. Just ensure it’s cooked properly and cooled before frying.

Conclusion

Shrimp fried rice is a very easy Asian dish that you can cook at home. All you need to do is pay more attention to the detail, tips and tricks.

If you follow the steps in this article, I am sure you will have your own delicious shrimp fried rice!

Happy cooking!

If you like want to try other shrimp recipes at home, you can try Menbosha or Fried Shrimp Balls. They are great to pair with shrimp fried rice.

More Asian one dish meal to try:

shrimp fried rice

SHRIMP FRIED RICE

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Shrimp fried rice is one of the most loved friedrice menu in many restaurants. It is leftover rice fried with shrimps, vegetables, egg, and topped with leeks. A wonderful choice for your family!

Ingredients

  • 200-250 gr leftover rice
  • 3 pcs garlic
  • 30 gr frozen vegetables
  • 5 pcs fishball
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 leeks (chopped)
  • 50-100 gr shrimp (peeled and deveined)

Seasonings

  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce/light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili oil (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp mushroom powder (optional)

Instructions

    1. Peel and devein the shrimps. Wash clean, set aside.
    2. Cut the fish balls into slices. Set aside.
    3. Cut the garlic into slices. Set aside.
    4. Prepare the seasonings.
    5. Heat the wok and some oil.
    6. Put in the garlic, stir fry until it is golden. The oil
      should be fragrant enough. You can take out the garlic.
    7. Put in the fish balls and frozen vegetables. Stir fry
      for a while. Push a bit to the side.
    8. Put in one egg. Let it cook for a minute. You may break
      the yolk. Push a bit to the side.
    9. Put in the rice. Use your spatula to press the crumpled
      rice.
    10. 10.  Put in the seasonings. Stir fry to let seasonings cover the entire rice evenly.
    11. When the color is quite even, put in the shrimps. Mix with the spatula and let the shrimps cook.
    12. Put in the leeks. Stir fry. When you see the shrimps change color, you can turn off
      the stove.
    13. Serve on a plate.
    14. Now, heat some oil. Fry another egg. I like it half-cooked. Put it on top of the fried rice.
    15. Serve with shrimp crackers or fresh cucumber slices or fresh salad.

Notes

You can add pork, chicken or beef slices to add in the fried rice if you like.

If you like darker color in the fried rice, you can use dark soy sauce. If you use ligth soy sauce, the fried rice will be a bit pale. Or if you have your own favorit soy sauce, you can use it.

Frozen shrimps can be used if you can't find fresh shrimps.

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