I love fried rice but often find myself disappointed with the junk that comes with the food I get a most Asian restaurants. Of course, there are wonderful places to get this but it also quite easy to make it for a meal at home. Oh, and the fun forming you rice into fun shapes.
3 Cups of cooked day old rice
About 6-8 shrimp, thawed, deveined, shells removed
1 Medium yellow onion
2 Ribs of celery
4 Cloves of garloc
1 Cup of frozen peas and carrots
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of rice vinegar
1 Teaspoon of sesame oil
Sriracha to taste
Making restaurant qualify fried rice if pretty easy once you get the hang of it. The key is planning ahead. The day before you want the rice, make some white rice . If I have to tell you how to make white rice, you might want to get that down before attempting this one. Anyway, toss the freshly cooked rice with a little sesame oil and let it cook. Put it in the fridge overnight to be used the next day.
- Cook your shrimp. It is easy to do, don’t worry about undercooking it. Heat up a skillet with about a tablespoon of butter. Let the shrimp cook on each side for a couple minutes. You will notice them turn pink and start to look like cocktail shrimp. You could totally skip this shrimp cooking step and just use cocktail shrimp. Those don’t have much flavor and cooking shrimp in butter does. If you try trick yourself and cook the cocktail shrimp with butter they rubber.
- Heat the olive oil on the skillet. Do you capitalize olive oil? Maybe. Ok, heat the Olive Oil. You can also use Vegetable Oil. Use about a tablespoon. Let it get nice and hot. You can wet your hand a bit and splash some water onto the skillet, if it sizzles then its ready. While the pan is heating up; dice the onion, chop the celery and garlic. Throw the freshly chopped veggies on the hot skillet.
- While those veggies cook get your cooked rice out. Try to separate it as much as possible. I use California Sushi Rice, which is quite sticky. It might take a bit of poking and prodding. Don’t forget about your onions, garlic, and celery; make sure to toss them around a bit in the pan. Throw that rice in the pan now.
- Stir fry the rice around the pan for a few minutes. Add the frozen peas, carrots, and the cooked shrimp. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Crack an egg into that mess of goodness you have going and scramble it around. Let that go a couple minutes and you have your very own fried rice.