This Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice is a great homemade option to amazing take-out flavors in one single bowl. Made in just 30 minutes, this fried rice is smothered in a savory sauce, with hints of garlic and ginger flavors, and is perfect with any form of rice or grain like basmati rice, brown rice, quinoa, farro, jasmine rice, etc. Jam-packed with veggies like carrots, green beans, peas, corn, onions, and green onions, this dish is classic! Absolutely delicious for the entire family! Entirely soy-free. Vegan + Gluten-free options.
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Whenever it comes to takeout meals, I've always been the biggest fan of shrimp fried rice because it's by far flavorful and I love the "one pot" feel. And while I've been making my meals way more at home than eating out, I definitely still enjoy a good reminiscent dish and this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice is by far my fave! Plus, it works great for my family and it's the one thing that we all can agree on. Isn't that the best win, win situation? Haha.
But don't worry----if you're more in love with a good lo mein instead of rice, then I recommend trying my Date Night Healthy Shrimp Lo Mein which is a sure crowd-pleaser. And of course, if you're truly trying to eat a vegan diet, then I'd recommend my Vegan Quinoa Fried Rice.
For this recipe, you definitely don't need a reason to make it like a special occasion, holiday, etc. All you truly need is the full availability of these ingredients, a small bit of time, and wallah! It's Takeout Tuesday Night at home.
One thing about this fried rice recipe is that is uses all organic ingredients and has plenty of room for you to personalize your dish based on your tastebuds and dietary preference. Don't like or eat shrimp? ------ No worries. Substitute with your favorite meat like chicken, beef, or lobster, or go entirely meatless with tofu, tempeh, additional veggies, or cauliflower. Either way---I can guarantee that this fried rice will be a hit!
Overall, this easy fried rice dish is definitely comfort food in a bowl or plate, includes simple steps, and can totally be enjoyed as a weeknight meal or weekend vibe for the entire family.
In this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice dish, I chose to use farro because it's much more nutritious grain. It has an excellent source of protein, nutrients, and fiber. However, if you want to get even fancier or original, you can opt in for basmati rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, etc. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a great dish.
To get started----Start in a medium 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, by adding 2 Tbsps of butter until melted. Add in the shrimp (seasoned) and cook on both sides (about 3-4 minutes), until pink and cook through. Once done, remove from skillet and set aside.
After that, scramble the eggs and set aside, sauté your veggies, season, and whip together your sauce in a large 12-inch skillet or wok pan, toss everything together (including cooked farro and shrimp), and wallah!
Here’s what you need for this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice:
Quickly boil or steam your veggies for a few minutes until “al dente” if you don’t want to have a little crunch adding them directly to the skillet. DO NOT COOK UNTIL SOFT! Once cooked, drain, and add to a large bowl of iced cold water immediately to stop the cooking process. Resume with recipe.
When it comes to this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice, I love cutting my veggies (specifically the carrots + peppers) Julienne-style. Personally, I find the veggies easy to cook and consume when cut into thin, "matchstick-like" shapes. Of course, you can totally cut them into Baton or Batonnet styles if preferred.
Basically, farro is a high-protein, high-fiber ancient whole grain wheat that's very similar to barley. When it comes to the texture, farro holds a good amount of chew once cooked and also contains gluten---unlike quinoa.
When it comes to making farro (my favorite go-to brand for this is Bob's Red Mill), I enjoy cooking it in some sort of stock (vegetable or chicken) or bone broth to add additional flavor + nutrients---much like my preference for cooking quinoa. However, if you choose to go down the traditional route, you can always cook farro in just water while seasoning it with salt.
If you aren't familiar with farro, it's rather similar to rice and quinoa in the cooking process which means that you first begin by rinsing it, then boiling it for around 20-25 minutes or until it swells and becomes tender. Usually, the amount of liquid reduces greatly and the remaining liquid that must be drained after it's cooked is pretty minimal. That's it!
Once you make and eat this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice —– you’ll fall in absolute love. Haha. More importantly, here are also the reasons why you’ll love it the most:
In case you didn't know, farro can be easily made several different ways such as:
The traditional way of cooking farro as I've mentioned above. Usually, the process starts over high-heat and then once boiling, you reduce the heat to medium-high and allow it to continue to cook, stirring occasionally.
When you're ever too busy or want to make the cooking process much quicker, like beans, you can soak the farro overnight (covered with water) and in the refrigerator. This brings down the stovetop cook time to a total of 10 minutes or so, instead.
If you prefer more of a hand-off kind of process, cooking the farro in a slow cooker is an awesome choice! Add the amount of liquid (water or stock) according to the packaging and let it slowly cook for around 2-2 ½ hours. This way you don't have to watch it and you can get other important things done while the cooking magic happens.
Another great quick way to cook the farro is in an Instant Pot or Multi-Cooker. Simply add the amount of liquid (water or stock) according to the packaging and cook with high pressure for 10-12 minutes and wallah!
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As mentioned before, you can feel free to make this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice perfect with any of the following options instead of farro:
While rice remains one of the biggest staples in food, it's super important to note that brown rice is a great healthy alternative to white rice. Most of the benefits however, comes from the way it is prepared compared to it's counterparts.
Brown Rice is a whole grain (meaning that it contains 3-parts of the grain kernel) which makes it highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and fiber.
When it comes to cooking brown rice----it should be thoroughly rinsed like all other rices, however, the cook time is a bit longer. Usually, it's best to boil it in enough water that slightly covers the rice and once the water has boiled, reducing the heat to low and simmering the rice covered for about 45 minutes or so is key.
OK, so as you can see, cauliflower has some pretty awesome benefits, so why not use it as a substitute for rice in this recipe, right? My sentiments exactly. The great thing is that making Cauliflower is SUPER easy! Granted, if you’re low on time and energy, you can always purchase cauliflower rice via your Amazon or other stores that sell great healthy options.
However, if you’re into making it from scratch like I did, then look no further. This recipe includes a handful of easy steps that will ensure that your rice comes out perfectly by simply using a food processor.
Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet when ready to serve.
Absolutely! To make this dish GF-friendly, simply ensure that the soy sauce and grains are gluten-free. The best GF-friendly grains are quinoa, cauliflower rice, or store-bought rice alternatives like Right Rice. On the other hand, to make this dish entirely vegan, simply omit the shrimp and ensure that you use vegan soy sauce, and vegan butter. For a meaty feel, you can sub with cauliflower, tofu, tempeh, broccoli, sautéed cucumbers, or other veggies.
If you are a fan of this Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice, then you’ll most certainly enjoy the following weeknight dinner options:
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