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Easy (But Delicious) Shrimp Fried Rice

Prep Time:

5-10 Minutes

Cook Time:

15 minutes





About the Recipe

There are a few things I really like about this recipe:

1. When cooking for one, buying frozen shrimp and frozen peas in bags, using what you need, and then putting the rest back in the freezer for another day is AWESOME. It makes things so easy! You can really portion out what you want.

2. Same thing with the veggie spring rolls pictured below: I buy these at Costco and always have them in my freezer. I almost never get egg rolls from takeout restaurants anymore because I love these so much. And I can just take out a few, pop them in the air fryer, and they are DELISH.

3. This is a great use of leftover rice and - make no mistake about it - it HAS TO BE leftover rice. I tried this with fresh rice one time and it did not come out the same. The leftover rice gets pretty dry, so it fries better.

4. The good news about THAT is that you can always freeze leftover rice in 1 cup portions and pull it out of the freezer whenever you want to make this. Having the rice cooked makes this recipe super fast.


1 cup small uncooked shrimp

1 teaspoon cornstarch

light sprinkle of salt and pepper

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)

1 beaten egg

1 chopped green onion

1 cup cooked leftover rice

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


Mix cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss raw shrimp in cornstarch mixture. Heat skillet on high heat. Once it's hot, add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil. When oil starts to shimmer, add shrimp and cook on both sides, about 30 seconds. Do not cook all the way through.

Remove shrimp from pan. Add more oil over medium heat. Once hot, add beaten egg. Stir to scramble. Remove egg to a bowl (even the bowl with the shrimp!) before it's completely cooked and still runny.

Add a little more oil over medium high heat. Add the chopped green onion and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add cooked rice and toss it with the green onions. Then pack the rice/onion mixture down to one layer and let it fry in the oil for about 2 minutes. Move the rice around in the pan with a spoon and then let it cook 1 minute more.

Add soy sauce and sesame oil to rice mix and mix around. Then add shrimp, egg, and peas (they can be frozen) and mix. Turn heat off and let sit for a few minutes (this will cook the peas, but still leave them plump - great texture!).

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