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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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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
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.
2) Season the shrimp with the garlic powder and black pepper.
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.
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.
6) Add the sliced shiitake mushroom tops and yellow onions to the pan with the butter. Sauté this for three (3) minutes.
7) Add in the green onions and garlic paste and sauté for two (2) minutes.
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.
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.
12) Turn the heat off, toss in the sesame seeds and a handful of more sliced green onions, and serve.
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.
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