Have you ever tried to replicate your favorite Chinese cuisine at home but failed miserably? Fear not my fellow foodies, today we are going to explore how to cook the most delicious shrimp fried rice from the comfort of your own home! Trust me, it’s easier than you think!
Yangzhou Fried Rice with Shrimp
Let’s start with the star of the dish, the shrimp. Depending on how many servings you want to make, get at least a pound of peeled and deveined shrimp. Season them with a pinch of salt and pepper, toss them in a pan with a drizzle of oil, and cook them until they are pink and slightly brown. Set that aside for now.
Next, we need some cooked rice. A cup of uncooked jasmine rice should be sufficient for two servings. Cook the rice according to instructions and let it cool down. The secret to a good fried rice is to use rice that has been cooked and cooled down, that way it won’t stick together when you fry it.
Now, let’s move on to the base of the dish. You will need a handful of diced vegetables such as carrots, peas, and scallions, but feel free to use whatever you have in your fridge. Heat up a pan with a little bit of oil and saute your vegetables over medium-high heat.
Once your veggies are nice and cooked, add in your cooked rice and stir-fry everything together. Season your rice mixture with a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of oyster sauce, and a pinch of sugar. These flavors will bring the dish together and give it that authentic taste.
Finally, add in your cooked shrimp and stir them in with the rice. Top everything off with some toasted sesame seeds or chopped green onions for a little extra crunch and flavor. Enjoy your delicious Yangzhou Fried Rice with Shrimp!
Chicken Fried Rice
Now, let’s switch it up a little bit with a classic chicken fried rice recipe. This one is just as easy and delicious as the last, so let’s dive in!
First and foremost, let’s get that chicken cooked. Cut up half a pound of boneless, skinless chicken into small bite-size pieces. Season them with salt and pepper, then cook them in a pan over medium heat until they are golden brown. Set them aside for later.
The next step is to cook your rice. Similar to the last recipe, a cup of uncooked jasmine rice should be enough for two servings. Follow the instructions, cook your rice, and let it cool down.
Once again, we need a variety of veggies. Feel free to add in as many veggies as your heart desires, but for this recipe, we’ll stick with carrots, peas, and corn. Sautee them in a pan with a little bit of oil until they are cooked to your liking.
Now for some added flavor, whisk together two eggs and make a quick scrambled egg in the same pan as your cooked veggies. Make sure to scramble and mix up the entire egg as it cooks so that it’s evenly distributed.
Finally, we combine everything in the pan, starting with the cooked rice. Add in the scrambled egg, chicken, and the cooked veggies. Season your chicken fried rice with a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of oyster sauce, and a pinch of sugar. Garnish it up with some fresh scallions or cilantro, and there you have it, a delicious Chicken Fried Rice!
Now that you’ve got two amazing fried rice recipes under your belt, you’ll never have to order takeout again. Whip these up for your next family dinner, or cozy night in. Happy cooking!