Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shrimp Fried Rice

Sometimes the best meals are those that aren't planned.  Instead they come from an internal craving that must be satisfied.  And sometimes those meals don't have a recipe.  Instead they come from past experiences and ingredients on hand.  This is one of those meals.

Shrimp Fried Rice is a favorite of mine.  But not from a cheap Chinese take-out (too oily).  I have had some fabulous fried rice at nice restaurants that serve Asian cuisine, so I know how alive and fresh it can taste.  And that is what I have tried to capture here.  So below, you will find my recent concoction of Shrimp Fried Rice.

3 cups brown rice, cooked and chilled
2 T canola or sesame oil (I used a combo)
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chopped vegetables on hand (I used green beans and carrots)
1/2 lb small shrimp
Soy Sauce
Chili Paste
2 eggs, beaten

Saute the garlic and onions in canola or sesame oil on medium until the onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes.  Add the vegetables and cook until just begining to soften but are still crisp.  Add the shrimp for 3 minutes then add the rice.  Toss everything together.

Turn the heat to low.  Begin to add the soy sauce and chili paste to taste.  I ended up using about 3 T low sodium soy and 3 T chili paste (we love it spicy).  When it is perfect for your family, add the egg and toss until it is fully incorporated.  Remove from heat and serve with additional soy sauce and chili paste.

BE CREATIVE!  Leave out the meat, use chicken or beef, go crazy with the vegetables.  Cooked rice is like eggs - a great base for the "stuff" in your fridge!  Have fun!!

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