The next couple of weeks are going to be a bizarre whirlwind of packing our lives up again. I packed for a few hours yesterday and this place isn’t even close to being done, but I was exhausted. I did not want to make anything for dinner. Who would? I worked up an appetite for junk food and an early bedtime, but not making a meal. However, I knew I had to cook something. Last week I intended to make fried rice but I did not get around to it, so that’s what we had last night – a yummy plate full of Shrimp Fried Rice.
I tried making fried rice for Nick before – right after he came home from Iraq. Remember, I have been teaching myself how to cook for less than a year. The first fried rice attempt occurred before last October. I will not go into details, but it was horrific. Nick likes to remind me sometimes how bad that meal was. Moving right along.
I like Fried Rice. I LOVE IT! However, I like Americanized Fried Rice. I went to China a few years ago and I decided to eat Chinese food every other day before I departed on my trip. I remember heating up and eating Shrimp Fried Rice on Christmas morning that year. Who needs eggs, bacon and biscuits when you have leftover Chinese food? This post is not about my trip to China, but I will tell you that Chinese food is incredibly different than what you find in the United States. Just remember – the restaurants appease our tastes. The End.
Let’s get down to it. Here is what you will need to make my fried rice:
- 2 large eggs
- Salt and pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Hot sauce
- Shrimp, tails removed
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 to 2 ½ cups cold, cooked rice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Pre-cook the rice according to directions and let cool
- In a medium bowl, whisk 1 egg, 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste until the egg mixture is completely incorporated and fluffy
- Heat a little oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat and make an omelette/scrambled eggs
- Repeat this method with the second egg
- Chop the eggs up into relatively small chunks, set aside
- In a medium bowl, toss a splash or two of soy sauce with the shrimp, season with salt & pepper
- Heat butter over medium – high heat in large frying pan and add the garlic and onion powder for a minute, then add the shrimp, making sure not to overcook
- When shrimp are cooked, stir in cooked rice and green onions, if you like, tossing and mixing thoroughly until the entire mixture is very hot
- Sprinkle in some cayenne pepper
- Sprinkle with soy sauce [more or less according to your tastes] and mix evenly
- Remove from heat, add chopped cooked eggs and eat away!
I am always disappointed when something does not come out as perfect as it does when you buy it at a restaurant. I know Chinese restaurants do something magical with their fried rice that I will never be privy to, but we cannot win them all! This rice had good flavor and I would recommend anybody giving it a try. In fact, the fun thing about fried rice is you can spice it up any way you like and add whatever you like to it.
I hope you all enjoy!
Until Next Time,