Shrimp Fried Rice

For Hubs’ birthday last month, I gave him a propane-fueled 22-inch wok. He had been eyeing this for the better part of last year. Since getting it set up in our garage (the back porch was not big enough), we have had fried rice just about once a week. It is hands down the best fried rice I’ve ever had. He has also made some tasty orange chicken, lo mein, stir-fried cabbage and bacon, and beef and broccoli.

This recipe is easily adaptable to whatever vegetables we have on hand, and many times we omit the meat and make it vegetarian. Because the wok is sooo big, he is able to stir fry the food in stages and then push it up the side of the wok while he moves onto the next step. If you are using a smaller (more normal) wok or a skillet, then stir fry each item, and remove it from the pan. This way nothing will get overcooked, and the pan won’t get too crowded. Add the shrimp and vegetables back to the pan when you cook the rice. Also, make sure to prep all the ingredients, and have them on hand when you start cooking.

Original recipe

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice


1 lb small shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 Tbs soy sauce
¼ c chicken stock
1 Tbs rice wine
1 Tbs fresh ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, cut thinly on the bias
1 medium onion, chopped
8 shitake mushrooms, stems removed and chopped
4 c cooked rice, cooled (day old rice works well)
1 bunch scallions, root removed and thinly sliced
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped
2 or 3 Tbs peanut oil


  1. Prep the shrimp and vegetables. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, chicken stock, and rice wine. Set aside.
  2. Heat wok until a drop of water completely evaporates in a few seconds. Add peanut oil by swirling it around the edge and letting it coat the pan. Add the ginger and garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Do not let them burn. Push the garlic and ginger up to the side.
  3. Add carrots and onion to the wok, and cook for 2-3 minutes until caramelized but still slightly firm. Add mushrooms and cook another minute. Push the vegetables up the side so that the bottom of the wok is empty. Pour shrimp into the bottom of the wok, and cook until opaque, about 1-2 minutes. Push shrimp up the side of the wok. Add another 1 Tbs of oil if necessary. Add rice and mix everything together. Cook until the rice heats through, about 3 minutes. Add scallions and soy sauce mixture and mix until everything is coated. Turn heat to low. Sprinkle cilantro, cover, and let steam for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, toss once more, and serve.


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Sweet Comments:

  1. In a very shrimpy sorta mood lately, eh? 🙂

  2. Praise God! This looks great! Ill be making this one day this week! By the way…I posted this on my blog and will be making more of your dishes.

  3. My next stop will be searching out one of thse woks. That is amazing! I am going to need one of those soon. Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Woks are an awesome investment!

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