Shrimp Fried Rice

By: Neda Shahriari

Serving Size: 1

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Adding shrimp to any meal is an easy way to incorporate protein and fats into your diet, and can be a great protein substitute for pescatarians! Shrimp also contains the nutrient iodine which the body needs in order to make thyroid hormones (Elliott, 2018). This recipe is made with white basmati rice, a staple in Indian and South Asian cuisine. This rice is high in carbohydrates and contains micronutrients such as folate, thiamine, and selenium (Link, 2020). White basmati rice is also rich in fiber and contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus (Link, 2020). This meal will provide you with energy that will keep you going throughout the day. 

Ingredients:

  • 8 uncooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp
  • ¼ cup of basmati rice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • I tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg (scrambled)
  • 1 cup of combined frozen corn and green peas
  • 1 tbsp butter

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Defrost 8 shrimp in cold water for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and remove the tails.
  3. Marinade the shrimp in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp honey, and crushed red pepper flakes (as much as desired).
  4. Cover the marinated shrimp with tin foil and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  5. Add ¼ cup of basmati rice to a pot and rinse with water several  times until the water is clear.
  6. Add water to 1 cm above the rice, then add  ½ tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  7. Place the pot of rice on the stove and bring it to a boil.
  8. Once boiled, reduce heat to low and place the lid on the pot for 10 minutes.
  9. In a pan with olive oil, scramble 1 egg with 1 cup of combined frozen corn and peas for about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the scrambled egg, corn, and peas to the rice with 1 tbsp of soy sauce and keep on low heat for 5 more minutes.
  11. Add the shrimp to a pan with 1 tbsp of butter and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side until the shrimp become pink.
  12. Place the lid on the shrimp and simmer for an additional 3 minutes.
  13. Combine the fried rice with the shrimp and enjoy!

Reference List:

Elliott, B. (2018, February 16). Is Shrimp Healthy? Nutrition, Calories and More. Retrieved October 14, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-shrimp-healthy

Link, R. (2020, May 15). Is Basmati Rice Healthy? Retrieved October 14, 2020, from  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-basmati-rice-healthy

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