Not a totally traditional shrimp fried rice...more of a shrimp fried rice stir fry born from a new goal of mine. I'm trying to use ingredients that I already have in my freezer in an attempt to get a little more control over my grocery spending. Freezer ingredients? 1 pound of raw easy peel shrimp and 1 quart size bag of frozen asparagus pieces. Everything else was in my cupboard or freezer, so I'm happy to say I didn't have to buy anything extra!
I usually put frozen peas in my stir fried rice, but with asparagus beginning to come in and several bags of asparagus I froze last season still in my freezer, I thought it would be a delicious (if not traditional) alternative. Use whatever vegetables you have handy. It's a good way to use up the bits and pieces of things you have in your vegetable bin.
Shrimp Fried Rice with Asparagus
2-3 cups cooked brown rice
1 Tblsp. peanut or olive oil
dash of sesame oil (optional)
1 lb. raw shrimp (I used frozen "easy peel.")
1 red pepper, diced
5- green onions, sliced (use part of the green along with the white part)
2 carrots, chopped (or a handful of shredded carrots)
1/2 lb. asparagus cut into pieces, (fresh or frozen)
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
2 Tablespoons Oyster sauce (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
- If your shrimp is frozen, thaw under cold running water. Peel.
- Heat the oils in a large nonstick skillet or wok. Stir fry shrimp until cooked through. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
- Add carrots, garlic, red pepper and onions to the pan and stir fry until crisp-tender. (4-5 minutes) If you are using fresh asparagus, add it with the rest of the vegetables to stir fry.
- Remove vegetables (or push them aside) and add the eggs to the center of the skillet. Cook eggs until set. Break into small pieces.
- To the eggs add the rice, the vegetables (if you removed them), the soy sauce and the oyster sauce, and mix until the rice is hot.
- Add the reserved shrimp (and semi-thawed asparagus pieces if you're using frozen)
- Stir for a minute or so until everything is heated through.
- Depending on your taste, you may want to add more soy sauce before serving.