Our one-pan shrimp fried rice recipe makes a dinner that tastes better and healthier than anything that comes in a little white box ordered from the restaurant. The dish is packed with colors, flavors, and textures: fluffy rice with slightly crispy edges, chewy and savory seafood, and plenty of crunchy vegetables.
It is surprisingly quick and easy to make, and you can customize it with any of your favorite add-ins you have on hand while still capturing the distinct flavors of the Asian-style fried rice that we all know and love.
Is Shrimp Fried Rice Healthy?
Yes, unlike many fried rice recipes out there, ours is healthy.
It’s low in sodium: Fried rice is typically loaded with soy sauce, salt, and MSG. Our recipe uses low-sodium soy sauce without added salt but is still bursting with flavor.
It’s packed with protein: There are 37.6 grams of protein in each serving — up to 75% of your recommended daily intake. This means the dish will keep you feeling full for longer, and you won’t have to deal with the usual post-rice munchies.
It’s rich in vitamins and minerals: With plenty of fresh vegetables, our fried rice is a delicious way for you and your children to consume more of your favorite veggies.
Though containing a few calorie-rich ingredients like shrimp, rice, and olive oil, our shrimp fried rice contains only 502 calories per serving. That’s a relatively low total for a classic Asian-style fried rice dish.
Main Ingredients You'll Need
Our fried rice recipe has a simple list of ingredients that are very easy to put together:
Shrimp: We always use fresh juicy and tender shrimp for the best flavor, but if you’re in a hurry and want to save some time on prepping, you can use cooked frozen shrimp. Just thaw it out and throw it in the pan.
Cooked Rice: The best rice for a fried rice recipe is the leftovers in the fridge. Fresh rice can be a bit too mushy and sticky, but chilled rice has had a chance to dry out and is perfect for frying.
Vegetables: The base mix of chopped onion, carrots, peas, and sweet corn is our favorite. They add texture and color, making the dish irresistible.
Eggs: Eggs add flavor, texture, vibrant color, and a healthy dose of protein to the pan.
Seasoning: Soy sauce is the most common flavor enhancer in any Asian-style fried rice, while hoisin sauce lends an extra layer of savoriness. Sesame oil is our secret weapon in today’s recipe; its uniquely nutty aroma makes the dish shine.
The beauty of fried rice is that it’s completely customizable to your taste. You can swap out the shrimp for your favorite other protein like chicken, pork, or even tofu. If you have any veggies lingering in the fridge, please feel free to add them to the pan. The more, the merrier!
Cooking shrimp is tricky since this seafood cooks very quickly and often ends up over or undercooked. There are several ways to cook shrimp, but we will only discuss the stovetop method in this recipe.
The internal temperature of a fully cooked shrimp is 120 ℉. Besides, doneness can be easily judged by bare eyes. Once cooked, the shrimp should be white with some pink and bright red accents. This is the best and straightforward indicator of whether it’s safe to eat or not. We don’t recommend eating the shrimp if it’s still translucent or gray after cooking.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftover
The key to storing shrimp fried rice is to cool it down completely before transferring it to an airtight container or a Ziplock bag. Once refrigerated, the rice should be consumed within 3 - 5 days and only be reheated once before enjoying it. To maximize the shelf life of fried rice, consider keeping it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
The best way to bring back fried rice's original taste and texture when reheating is to add moisture back into the rice. Whether using a microwave, oven, or stovetop, you will always want to add some water or oil to keep your rice from drying out.
Stir the rice once or twice until all the water has evaporated and the rice is heated through. This way will return your rice to its former glory and deliciousness.
What to Serve With
Packed with carbs, protein, and vegetables, fried rice has always been considered a wholesome, savory main dish. Serving it with a soup, salad, or simple roasted vegetables, will quickly transform your easy weeknight dinner into an unforgettable taste experience.
In this recipe, we paired our hearty Asian-style shrimp fried rice with a homemade winter melon meatball soup and orange pineapple juice. A warm soup and fresh juice not only boost nutritional value but also bring balance to the meal.
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups cooked rice, 2 medium eggs, and 1/2 tsp paprika. Stir until well combined.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add 2 tbsp garlic, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 12 oz peeled shrimp and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and set it aside.
Add the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil to the skillet. Add 2 oz onion and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the rice and stir-fry over low heat for 10 minutes.
Stir in 3 oz green peas, 2 oz corn, and 4 oz carrots and toss until all the ingredients are heated through, about 3 minutes.
Season the mixture with 1/2 tsp hoisin sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and 1 tbsp sesame oil. Stir to combine well for another 3 minutes.
Return the shrimp to the skillet. Let stir and cook for 3 more minutes until sizzling hot. Remove from heat.
Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped scallion. Serve hot.
Shrimp Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 502Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Vitamin A 5597IU
Vitamin C 9mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
Easy recipe, the instructions are clear and concise