One thing I love about Thai restaurants is that pretty much anything you order can be an entree. Want rice? Great – it comes with your choice of meat, and can serve as your main dish. Lo mein? Get it with chicken! We’ve all got busy schedules, so one-pot dishes are where it’s at. My homemade Shrimp Fried Rice is so flavorful, gets cooked in one pan, and is more unique than most fried rice recipes you buy when you eat out.
The secret ingredient, which the kids happen to love, for my shrimp fried rice is the breaded popcorn shrimp by SeaPak. These yummy little bites of shrimp are great by themselves, and are super easy to heat, but they are the perfect addition to this fried rice recipe. SeaPak products are one of the very few ways I can get my kiddos to eat seafood, so I’ll take it. The popcorn shrimp is great because they don’t have tails, so every bite is edible and delicious.
I actually don’t cook with shrimp very often, as it can get very expensive and labor intensive when you have to devein the little critters. I have found that SeaPak is quite affordable, and makes for a very inexpensive meal all while saving time! These days I am all about ways to save time in the kitchen, and if I can save money at the same time – SCORE!
Now, when it comes to vegetables, I usually prefer fresh. However, I make exceptions with the following scenarios:
- out of season
- short on time
- for peas – because really, who has time to get all of the peas out of the pod?
Since I was already going for ease with this fried rice, I picked up a bag of frozen peas, and a frozen bag of chopped carrots, onion, and celery. These serve as the veggies for the dish – and they work really well! Once you’ve got your shrimp and vegetables, the only other ingredients are rice and seasonings. Easy peasy!
Bring a little of the coast to your kitchen with this easy Shrimp Fried Rice. You can also join the SeaPak enter-to-win sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to NYC for a culinary lesson with Food Network Kitchens. This sounds amazing, and I’d personally love to win!
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 1 cup SeaPak popcorn shrimp
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 3/4 cup frozen carrots, onions and celery
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Cook shrimp according to instructions on package.
- While shrimp is cooking, Over medium-high heat, saute veggies in about 1 tablespoon of oil, until they are heated through (about 4-5 minutes).
- With vegetables pushed to one side of the pan, crack eggs into the now vacant half of the pan. Cook for 1 minute before scrambling with a fork. When cooked, combine egg with the vegetables and shrimp.
- Reduce heat to medium and add rice, soy sauce, and seasonings to the pan. Heat through for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Serve hot.
- Can substitute brown rice.