How to make quick and easy Garlic Butter Shrimp Fried Rice, a recipe that you’ll want to make again and again.
This Garlic Butter Shrimp Fried Rice is comfort food at its best! Easy to make and perfect for any occasion, this is my number one go-to dish to make whenever I have leftover rice! I used shrimps as my main protein here – because shrimp + garlic + butter = perfection – but I’ve made it without any proteins before and loved it all the same.
Why you will LOVE this Garlic Butter Fried Rice
People will love Garlic Butter Fried Rice for a number of reasons:
- Garlic Butter, ‘nuff said – Rich and garlicky, this is irresistably savoury goodness!
- Ultimate LAZY dish: This is so easy to whip up and requires minimal effort with pantry staples – it’s the best comfort dish for those lazy days or busy weeknight dinners.
- Versatility: Garlic Butter Fried Rice can be served as a side dish or a main dish, and easily customisable to suit individual tastes and preferences. I kept this recipe simple, but you can add a variety of vegetables, meat, seafood or tofu to make it a complete meal.
- Perfect for any occasion: As a quick lunch, or side dish for a dinner party, this is a classic unanimous hit.
How to Make Garlic Butter Shrimp Fried Rice
1. Melt butter and oil in pan, and pan fry shrimps first. Season your shrimps on one side with salt and pepper. Make sure to season the other side after flipping the shrimps for an even cook. Once cooked – that’s when the shrimps turn pink and slightly curl, remove from the pan.
2. Add lots of garlic to the butter, and saute. Let the garlic make friends with the butter in the pan. Lower the heat if needed, to not burn the garlic. Once the garlicky fragrance releases, we’re ready for the next step!
3. Which is EGG time! Add your eggs, and do not scramble it just yet. Let the bottom of the egg to slightly solidify, before gently scrambling the egg in a scraping motion. This is going to give you bigger egg pieces, versus tiny egg bits which may create a soggy fried rice.
4. Add rice, along with seasonings, and stir fry to combine with the eggs.
5. Once combined, add spring onions, sesame oil and the cooked prawns. Give it a final stir fry to combine and Garlic Butter Shrimp Fried Rice is done!
Can I use other proteins besides Shrimp?
Of course! The star of the show here is that delicious garlic butter! I like this with diced firm tofu, chicken slices, or leftover ham and sausages… but I actually love it best without any proteins at all. I’ve had so many plates of the fried rice with just eggs for those lazy days when I can’t be bothered to do any sort of defrosting or prep work.
What Seasonings are Used in Garlic Butter Shrimp Fried Rice
The seasonings used are KEY to good fried rice. Don’t just stick to salt and pepper to season your rice! I highly recommend using a combination of flavouring agents to get your fried rice to restaurant level.
- Light Soy Sauce: This is the main salting agent that also adds that umami to the dish.
- Chicken Stock Powder: This adds salt and amazing flavour to fried rice. This is what makes this fried rice restaurant level! Alternatives include mushroom seasoning powder, golden mountain sauce, maggi seasoning sauce and… good ol’ MSG.
- Sesame Oil
- Salt & Pepper
Garlic Butter Fried Rice is a delicious and comforting dish that is full of flavour, easy to make, versatile, and perfect for any occasion. This dish is made by stir-frying cooked rice with garlic butter, vegetables, and seasonings, creating a dish that is full of flavour and perfect for any time of day. The addition of garlic butter adds a rich, buttery flavor that pairs perfectly with the savoury fried rice, making it a dish that is sure to please any palate.
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Garlic Butter Shrimp Fried RiceCourse: Recipes
1 cup (240ml) cooked rice
1 tablespoon (15g) butter
1 teaspoon (5ml) oil
4-5 large shrimps, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon (5ml) light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) chicken stock powder
1 spring onion, chopped
1 teaspoon (5ml) sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon (1.25g) white pepper
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat, and add the oil and butter.
- Once the butter is melted, add the shrimps and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are pink and cooked through. Remove the shrimps from the pan and set them aside.
- In the same pan, add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add egg next and allow the bottom of the egg to set before scrambling it gently. Allow egg to cook through. This will ensure there are bigger chunks of eggs throughout the rice, and minimise any sogginess in the fried rice.
- Add cooked rice and stir in the soy sauce and chicken stock powder. Mix well to ensure the rice is evenly coated with the seasoning.
- Add the spring onions, sesame oil, and cooked shrimps back to the pan, and toss everything together to combine. Serve immediately and enjoy!