Growing up in Manhattan, I got spoiled by authentic Chinatown fried rice. Now living in the south, I've yet to find a restaurant that serves fried rice as good as I grew up with. The combination of ingredients in this recipe is so fantastic, I now prefer to make my own fried rice at home.—Katherine White, Clemmons, North Carolina
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- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
- 4 cups cold cooked rice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
- In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, ginger, garlic and pepper flakes. Transfer 3 tablespoons to a large resealable plastic bag; add shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Set aside remaining soy sauce mixture.
- In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry onion and pepper in 1 tablespoon canola oil and 1 teaspoon sesame oil for 4-6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove and set aside.
- Drain shrimp and discard marinade. In the same skillet, stir-fry shrimp in remaining canola and sesame oil for 5-6 minutes or until they turn pink. Remove and set aside.
- Add rice, reserved soy sauce mixture and salt to the pan; cook 4-6 minutes or until heated through, stirring to break up rice and coat evenly. Stir in green onions, cilantro, onion-pepper mixture and shrimp; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Shrimp Fried Rice in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2011, p41