When you have this easy 30 minute weeknight dinner recipe for your own tasty shrimp fried rice, takeout just might become a thing of your past! This easy fried rice makes for a simple all-in-one crowd pleasing dinner, or you can pair it with a simple egg drop soup and/or fruit to make for a heartier meal.
Thaw shrimp by putting them in a colander in the sink and running cold water over them for a few minutes, tossing shrimp and moving the colander around so that all the shrimp get exposed to the water. Drain well.
Heat olive oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add shrimp to pan, season with black pepper, and cook about three minutes until bright pink and opaque, stirring frequently.
Remove the cooked shrimp to a separate bowl, then drain and wipe out the pan.
Turn heat back to medium-high and add 1 Tbsp canola oil to the pan. Once shimmering, add the carrot, onion, and sesame oil and cook for about four minutes until nicely browned.
Stir in garlic, peas, and crushed red pepper and continue cooking for about 30 seconds, then stir in the rice and spread it out in the pan, breaking up clumps.
Let the rice cook undisturbed for two minutes, then stir in the soy sauce, spread out again, and let cook undisturbed for another two minutes.
Meanwhile, beat eggs in a small bowl. Push rice to the edges of the pan to create an open well in the center, then add 1 Tbsp canola oil to the center of the pan.
Pour the beaten eggs into the center of the pan and cook for about two minutes until scrambled, occasionally pushing the egg to the middle and breaking it up. Stir and chop the cooked scrambled eggs into the rice.
Stir the cooked shrimp back into your fried rice, then taste to see if you need additional soy sauce (mine did not, but to taste).
You can chop the shrimp before adding back into the rice if desired -- I just left mine whole for a prettier presentation. :) You can also optionally top with Sriracha and/or chopped green onions for an additional kick. Also note, on the rice: Cold cooked leftover rice works much better for fried rice than freshly cooked, and it's also important for the final texture to let the rice sit spread out in the pan undisturbed for a while as directed, rather than stirring frequently.
Easy Shrimp Fried Rice from Mashup Mom: https://www.mashupmom.com/easy-shrimp-fried-rice/