Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice

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Fried rice is so versatile. It’s a pretty basic and quick dish for beginner cooks to make with ease, and it’s also a great way for experienced home chefs to experiment with their palates and flavor profiles.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
Don’t worry, folks – if you’re not proficient with chopsticks, you can still eat this dish with a fork.

If you are looking for a new fried rice recipe that’s easy on energy use and effort, then try our shrimp and shiitake mushroom garlic version, as it’s an excellent way to use leftover rice.

Most folks don’t like leftover rice because it dries out in the refrigerator overnight, which can make it hard to reheat properly. Learning to make fried rice is a great solution for your dry rice, as it allows the rice to uses the fat in the skillet to crisp up a little bit before absorbing any liquid added later (like soy sauce, for instance).

If you don’t have any leftover rice available, just cook the rice as directed on your rice cooker and leave it on the “keep warm” setting for 10 minutes after it’s done cooking. This will wick away some extra moisture so you get dry rice for your fried rice.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
Seriously – a rice cooker is quite the energy-saving kitchen appliance, if you’re the type who eats lots of rice.

Using a rice cooker instead of making rice on the stove is a great energy-saving cooking tip. You won’t heat up the kitchen with the stove heat, the rice cooker uses less energy than the stove in general, and it requires less effort because I don’t have to worry about the water boiling over or the rice sticking to the bottom of my pan on the stove.

Shrimp is always a great choice for an energy-saving recipe, as it has a shorter cooking time than proteins like beef or chicken. The flavors of the marinade on the shrimp pair well with the mushroom tops and garlic fried in the butter with the onions. And while we did include truffle oil on the ingredients list, you can easily substitute more safflower oil in its place if you don’t have any.

Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice

Marinated Shrimp Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
**Insert cliched movie quote about shrimp from Forrest Gump here**
  • ¾ lb. Fresh shrimp (Purchase it peeled and deveined at the grocery store, if possible)
  • ½ tbsp. Ginger paste
  • ½ tbsp. Mirin
  • ½ tbsp. Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder

Other Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
These are classic ingredients for many a meal, but we make them shine in our fried rice.
  • 3 c. Cooked short-grain Japanese rice
  • 1 c. Shiitake mushroom tops, sliced
  • 1/3 c. Green onions, sliced
  • ¼ c. Yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Safflower oil
  • ½ tbsp. Truffle oil (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
Whether you made it fresh or used leftovers, good rice will be the centerpiece of this recipe.

1) Heat up your leftover rice to room temperature in the microwave OR prepare the rice as directed by your specific brand of rice cooker.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
You really can’t go wrong with pepper and garlic, though if you’re being extra classy, opt for fresh diced garlic instead of powder.

2) Season the shrimp with the garlic powder and black pepper.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
This is a nice overhead perspective of the marinade being added to the shrimp, don’t you think?

3) In a small bowl, mix together the ginger paste, Mirin, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Add the seasoned shrimp to the sauce and toss the shrimp to coat it. Let it sit to marinate while you prepare the vegetables.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
There are many types, styles, and flavors of mushrooms you could use in this recipe, but we heartily recommend shiitake.

4) Remove stems from the mushrooms and thinly slice the tops. Slice the green onions and finely dice the yellow onion.

5) Take a large nonstick skillet and heat the butter in it over medium heat until melted.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
You want your onions to get nice and translucent in this step.

6) Add the sliced shiitake mushroom tops and yellow onions to the pan with the butter. Sauté this for three (3) minutes.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
Make sure the garlic paste melts down completely and coats the rest of the ingredients.

7) Add in the green onions and garlic paste and sauté for two (2) minutes.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
SHRIMP!

8) Add in the marinated shrimp along with the safflower oil and truffle oil. Let the shrimp cook 2 to 3 minutes per side while stirring everything to cook almost completely through.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
The point of a good fried rice is for the rice to absorb any and all liquid and flavor as it crisps up.

9) Add in the rice and let it fry with the other ingredients for approximately 2 more minutes.

10) Continue cooking until the veggies, shrimp, and rice become fried, and the mushrooms and shrimp become golden brown.

11) Turn the heat to low, pour in the 2 tbsp. of soy sauce, and mix the ingredients together.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
You might not think you like them, but those sesame seeds add some necessary zing.

12) Turn the heat off, toss in the sesame seeds and a handful of more sliced green onions, and serve.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
And feel free to add as many extra green onions as you’d like, but don’t let them overpower the other flavors.

Enjoy this shrimp and shiitake garlic fried rice any weeknight where you need to use leftover rice or are just craving a savory dish that saves energy while packing in the flavor.

Direct Your Dining: Shrimp and Shiitake Garlic Fried Rice
No matter what – do NOT buy your sushi from a convenience store or gas station. Get it fresh from a counter, kiosk, or restaurant.

Enhance it further with some fresh sushi from your local specialty grocery store, a fresh green salad tossed with sesame ginger dressing, or with some steamed edamame! And if you increase the recipe, it makes great leftovers for work or school the next day because the cooking time and method doesn’t overcook the shrimp.

Check back in every week for more Direct Your Dining recipes to help reduce your energy use in the kitchen while getting creative with delicious dishes!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M animal science graduate using her education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy in the kitchen.

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