Shrimp Fried Rice made with leftover white rice, shrimp, fresh vegetables, and seasoning is just like the restaurant version, but you can make it in your own home in under 25 minutes! Plus it’s gluten free!
I love making my favorite restaurant dishes at home, because I can be 100% certain that they are gluten free. Like my Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, and Hawaiian Fried Rice!
Shrimp Fried Rice – Gluten Free!
Shrimp Fried Rice is one of my favorite Chinese takeout dishes to make at home. It’s full of veggies and fresh shrimp with a gluten free seasoning, and only takes 25 minutes to make from start to finish! Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover rice and veggies the next day. After trying this version, you won’t miss restaurant shrimp fried rice again!
Does Chinese fried rice have gluten?
Chinese fried rice is usually made with soy sauce, which contains wheat. It is also often made in the same pans that were used for other dishes that use soy sauce or breading. Unless you have a restaurant that understands allergies, I would not risk it.
Is there a gluten free alternative to soy sauce?
You can find soy sauce without gluten. It is usually specifically labeled as gluten free, because regular soy sauce normally uses wheat as a flavor enhancer. Tamari is a good gluten free alternative to soy sauce. You can also use coconut aminos, which is also soy free, but I find that you need more of the aminos to equal the same flavor you’d get with tamari or soy sauce.
Is shrimp fried rice unhealthy?
Shrimp fried rice from a restaurant is usually high in calories, carbs, and sodium, so it’s not the healthiest dish. Making it at home can help with that though, because you have the chance to cut down on the sodium and add more veggies! You can use less (or no) soy sauce if you need this to be a low sodium recipe. You can also swap out the rice with riced cauliflower to cut the carbs down in this recipe.
How long is shrimp fried rice good for in the fridge?
Shrimp fried rice will last in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, tightly sealed in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat with 2-3 tablespoons of water. You can also microwave it, but you may overcook the shrimp this way.
Why type of rice is used for fried rice?
Fried rice is usually made with either jasmine or long grain white rice. Both are good options and will hold up well to frying. If you’re making the rice specifically for shrimp fried rice, use slightly less water than the recipe calls for to make the rice less soft and more sturdy.
Can I use fresh rice for fried rice?
I don’t recommend using fresh rice for shrimp fried rice, because fried rice works best with leftovers. If you’re going to make rice specifically for fried rice, I would make it in the morning and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours until you’re ready for it.
Why is takeout fried rice yellow?
Some fried rice is yellow because the restaurant adds either turmeric, or a spice blend that contains food coloring to make it look more appealing. You can add 1/4 tsp of turmeric to your rice at home to give it a similar color.
Why is my fried rice mushy?
If your fried rice is mushy, the rice was overcooked. This can happen if you fry it for too long, or if it was cooked with too much water to begin with. It’s also important to remember to rinse your rice before cooking it, to get some of the sticky starch off of the grains. Otherwise, your shrimp fried rice will be mushy.
Tips for How to Make Shrimp Fried Rice
- Add 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to make spicy shrimp fried rice!
- Add 1 tsp of chopped fresh garlic with the onions to make garlic fried rice.
- You can make this same recipe with other meats, like chicken or roast pork. You can also omit the meat entirely for a vegetarian fried rice!
- If you want to make a soy free shrimp fried rice, try using coconut aminos instead of tamari.
- You can also substitute the tamari with gluten free soy sauce. They are pretty much interchangeable.
- Add other vegetables to your fried rice, like broccoli, green onions, carrots, or cabbage.
- I like make my egg in the same pan as the rice, but if you want fluffier eggs in your fried rice then scramble them in a separate pan. Break them into small pieces before adding to the rice.
- To add some more flavor, add crumbled cooked bacon at the end.
- This shrimp fried rice cooks really quickly. I recommend prepping your ingredients ahead of time, before you start cooking.
- You can make this in a large skillet or in a wok. The wok will give the dish a more authentic flavor because of the way it heats the food.
More Gluten Free Shrimp Recipes
Shrimp Fried Rice made with leftover white rice, shrimp, fresh vegetables, and seasoning is just like the restaurant version, but you can make it in your own home in under 25 minutes! Plus it's gluten free!
- 1 lb shrimp peeled, deveined, tail removed
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1/4 cup peas
- 1 medium green bell pepper seeds removed, diced
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp gluten free tamari
- 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
In a large skillet or wok, heat vegetable oil. Add onions, bean sprouts, peas, and bell pepper. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp turn pink and are no longer opaque, about 3-4 minutes, stirring.
Add rice, spices, tamari, and sesame oil. Stir everything together for 1-2 minutes to heat through, then push everything to one side. Add eggs to empty side and scramble, 2-3 minutes. When eggs are cooked through, mix in with rice. Stir everything together and serve.
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