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Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice or Com Chien Tom is flavored with fish sauce and loaded with carrots, green beans and garlic shrimp. A quick and easy dinner that the entire family will agree on. Skip the take out and try this incredibly delicious version at home!

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Skillet of Fried Rice with carrots, green beans and shrimp

Shrimp Fried Rice

I love it when I can get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes and this Shrimp Fried Rice is one of the easiest meals you can make.

This recipe for Fried Rice with Shrimp is flavored with fish sauce and loaded with carrots, green beans and garlic shrimp.

Overhead view of shrimp fried rice in a skillet

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This recipe comes from Rice. Noodles. Yum.  Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Sotto Raines who writes the incredible site Manila Spoon. Grab your copy today and one for your best friend who likes to cook!

White plates and skillet of fried rice with shrimp, carrots, green beans and cilantro

Tips for Making Fried Rice:

This dish cooks up really quickly, so it’s best to prep all of your ingredients before you start cooking. The best fried rice starts with leftover cooked cold rice. So make your rice a day in advance or the morning that you plan to have it for dinner.

Ingredients for Shrimp Fried Rice with green beans, carrots, cilantro and fish sauce

How to Make Shrimp Fried Rice:

  1. Moisten rice with a bit of water and separate grains. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the fish sauce and turmeric.
  3. Add oil to a large skillet and cook the garlic and shrimp together until shrimp is cooked through. Remove shrimp to a bowl and keep warm.
  4. Next, cook eggs and vegetables for about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in rice and cook for about 4 minutes.
  6. Add fish sauce mixture and cook over high heat 4 minutes.
  7. Top with cooked shrimp and cilantro.

Shrimp Fried Rice in a cast iron skillet

What is Fish Sauce?

Fish sauce is simple a liquid seasoning made from fermenting anchovies with salt for over two years. It’s used in many Southeast Asian dishes. I had trouble finding it in our local grocery store, so I ordered a bottle from Amazon.

If you haven’t cooked with fish sauce before, give it a try in this dish. You will be amazed at how flavorful this dish turns out with the addition of the fish sauce. It adds a savory depth of flavor that does not taste like fish in the finished dish.

My kids all asked me,  “Why is this fried rice yellow?”. It is yellow from the turmeric, which is a natural flavor enhancer. It’s optional, but don’t skip it!

Shrimp Fried Rice from Rice. Noodles. Yum. Cookbook

Rice. Noodles. Yum. is filled with amazing dishes that will become your favorite weeknight dinners. Classics like Pad Thai and Hot, Crispy Fried Dumplings and Sour Soup and even sweet treats like Sticky Rice with Caramel Topping. I have so many recipes bookmarked to try!

Cast iron skillet with fried rice with shrimp

More Shrimp Dishes to Try:

Hoisin Shrimp Stir Fry with Noodles is an Asian-inspired dinner that is so easy to make!

Miso Honey Garlic Shrimp is another easy shrimp dinner with Asian flavors. Add this one to your list to try!

Southern Fried Shrimp  is a family favorite. My kids can’t get enough of the crispy coated shrimp.

Easy Barbecue Grilled Shrimp is a quick and easy one for weekend cookouts! So flavorful and delicious.

Shrimp Tostadas are a favorite for taco night and beyond simple to make.

The entire family is sure to love this quick and easy meal for dinner. Prep your ingredients in advance and have this fried rice on the table in just 15 minutes!

My family also loves this easy Sesame Chicken when we are craving Chinese take out!

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Yield: 4 servings

Shrimp Fried Rice

Cast iron skillet with fried rice with shrimp

Shrimp Fried Rice or Com Chien Tom is flavored with fish sauce and loaded with carrots, green beans and garlic shrimp. A quick and easy dinner that the entire family will agree on. Skip the take out and try this incredibly delicious version at home!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups leftover cooked cold white rice - jasmine or basamti
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup French green beans, sliced to 3/4- inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots, about 3/4- inch pieces
  • 1 ounce chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • 1 red chili, sliced optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare the rice by sprinkling a little water on it to moisten and then separate the grains by rubbing them between your fingers. Set aside.
  2. Mix fish sauce and turmeric together in a small bowl.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat in a wok or large skillet. Fry the garlic and shrimp, cooking until shrimp is opaque and bright pink. Push shrimp to one side of the wok or move to a bowl and keep warm.
  4. Pour beaten eggs on the other side and allow to set a few seconds, then stir well. Add the green beans and carrots and stir fry for a minute.
  5. Add rice and increase heat to high and cook 3-4 minutes or until the rice is fully heated through.
  6. Add the fish sauce mixture and then mix everything well until the rice is fully coated with the sauce.
  7. If you set shrimp aside, top rice with shrimp and garnish with cilantro and sliced chili if desired.

Notes

From Rice. Noodles. Yum Everyone's Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Sotto Raines

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 1408mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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