easy shrimp fried rice recipe

Sometimes I wish my kids were still little shrimps.  Back when I controlled their every move. I determined who they played with and when and where and how long.  I determined extracurricular activities like sports and music and art classes.  I knew every detail of their lives because I was the puppet master.  Pulling the strings of their lives.

Not so much anymore.  And while my kids do share a great deal of their days with me (and Mike) – both the highs and lows – I can’t fool myself to know how deeply those highs and lows reach their inner selves.  Alas, as a retired puppet master, I can only take comfort in those things I know to be real and true about my teen and my tween …

I know, like clock work, my daughter will have some form of recess drama to share on our walks home from school …

I know, like clock work, my son will unwind from his day positioned in front of the Xbox with a laptop open on his left and a cell phone on his right.  It’s like command central …

I know, like clock work, my daughter will put on my Old Navy half boots and practice her catwalk once a day – at a minimum.  Starting in the family room, walking a straight line through the dining room.  Stopping at the entrance of the living room.  A subtle shift to one hip.  A subtle shift to the other.  A turn with the flip of her hair and a kick of the leg.  And the return.  All with a very serious, fierce look on her face …

And I know, like clock work, any Chinese food order we place will include shrimp fried rice.  Lots and lots of shrimp fried rice.  The monster-sized carton of shrimp fried rice, as requested by my son and my daughter …

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at creating homemade shrimp fried rice, but I’ve been intimidated.  And I don’t own a wok.  But all that changed when I discovered fried rice seasoning mix.  That’s right.  A seasoning packet filled with all those mysterious spices that give fried rice it’s impossible-to-recreate-at-home-on-your-own taste.  That is, until now.

Am I the last to know if this magical substance?

And, no, this is not a post paid for by the fried rice seasoning maker folks.  I was just excited to find this mix that I felt the need to share it with you all …




So I followed this recipe from the magical fried rice seasoning mix creators …


Shrimp Friend Rice Recipe


  2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

  3 green onions, sliced

  3 Cups cooked rice, any style

  1 Package Sun-Bird Fried Rice

  2 Teaspoons soy sauce

  2 eggs, beaten

  1 Cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

  1/3 Cup chopped, cooked chicken, pork or shrimp, optional



Preparation Instructions:

Heat oil in large skillet; add rice and green onions. Stir-fry until heated through. Add Sun-Bird Fried Rice Seasoning Mix and soy sauce; stir-fry 1 min.  Push rice mixture to side of skillet; add eggs to the center of the skillet and scramble. Stir egg into rice mixture. Stir in peas and carrots; stir-fry until heated through. Makes 5 servings.

Source:  Sun-Bird Seasonings


I may no longer be the puppet master, but I’m hoping this easy-to-prepare Chinese fried rice dish will entice those former shrimps to keep coming home …




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  1. says

    Hi Linda, We love fried rice too, but like you, I had no idea there was such a thing as fried rice seasoning. Did you find it in the international aisle at the grocery store? Thanks for the heads up, we’ll be giving it a try. Have a great day!


  2. says

    Yes you could be one of the last people on earth to discover this – you and Debbie (above). Glad you made this discovery and that it has made your life better! It has been at least 10 years since I made any fried rice – now I’ve got a little craving…

  3. says

    What a sweet & delicious post. I am sure your shrimps will continue to want to come home to you. Wasn’t it a shrimp macaroni salad that your mom made, that you now make as well, that keeps you coming home to your own momma? There must be lots of memories involving shrimp in your life :)

  4. says

    My kids–especially my biggest “kid,” my husband–love fried rice. I’ll have to give this a try. I also wanted to tell you that your photos have just been stunning as of late. I mean, they were always good, but now they;re exceptional! Nice work!!

  5. Ann Drake says

    Ha…my kids are 26 and 29. My husband still hasn’t figured out that he’s not in charge! I love fried rice. Pinning this one…have a good week!

  6. says

    YUM! I have never had shrimp fried rice! But I may have to try it! We all get stuck on our favorites and never branch out!

  7. Kelly at View Along the Way says

    My guys love friend rice so I’ll be making this soon. In the meantime, cherishing still being the puppet master!

  8. says

    This looks good. I have been wanting to do more chinese at home and I’ll give this a try. My shrimp are away at college and I too hope my dishes keep them swimming back to the net! Haha!

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