And so the fried rice saga continues… As I have mentioned in a recent post, Ro-Taro will be moving out to campus soon. One of his favorite dishes is fried rice and I am trying to provide him with a gamut of recipes to cook at the dorm kitchen. The challenge is to find suitable ingredients in small quantities which require minimum prep work. Fortunately, the chain grocery stores here do carry many pre-cut, pre-washed fresh produce and meats that will work well for this purpose. One is not limited to using canned or preserved fish or meats and frozen vegetables.
In contrast to the previous recipe on Sardines Fried Rice where the taste is stronger and spicier, this version is milder and lighter in color. An egg can easily be added to give it a taste and appearance similar to that of Yang Chow fried rice. Lemon pepper provides a slightly zesty flavor. Other dried herbs may be used in place of lemon pepper.
I chose to use frozen cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimps as they are much easier to handle than fresh shrimps. Since shrimps combine well with broccoli, pre-cut and ready to use broccoli slaw is a really good option. They are nice and firm and will not cause the fried rice to be soggy. They also come conveniently packaged in small 10 ounce bags. Instead of fresh minced garlic, the jarred ones stored in the refrigerator may be used. It may also be omitted altogether with little to no difference in the taste.
We really enjoyed this fried rice and Ro-Taro liked the ease of preparation. It is one that he can cook during the weekends where he has time to go to the grocery store to buy the shrimps and broccoli slaw. The excess shrimp may be kept in the freezer compartment of his mini refrigerator. I hope you will give this recipe a try. It is great for a quick and easy lunch.
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- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 16 medium sized cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimps
- ½ package (5oz/140g) broccoli slaw
- 3 cups cooked white rice (preferably kept overnight)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- Salt and pepper
In a large non-stick fry pan, heat canola oil. Fry garlic for about a minute. Add shrimps and broccoli slaw and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
Then add cooked rice. Give it a stir. Add soy sauce, lemon pepper, salt, and pepper (to taste). Stir to get everything well mixed and cook until rice is dry and fluffy. This will take 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove and serve immediately.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!