Authentic Shrimp Fried Rice

Happy Monday!

As most of you know, I spent last week knee-deep in the Florida countryside (yes, Florida has a countryside) amidst chickens and alligators, helping the lovely White on Rice Couple shoot the new Steamy Kitchen cookbook. The cookbook will be out in a year and….drum roll please….my hand is in one of the photos. I feel so special!

Jaden, Diane, Todd and I had an absolute blast. Todd and I were in charge of all kitchen prep and production, while Jaden and Diane styled and shot the food. Looking back, I really don’t know how we managed to make sixteen recipes the first day and thirteen the next, but somehow we did. We fueled on soy sauce, coffee, pizza, tequila and wine. Not necessarily in that order. Jaden’s blog was one of the first blogs I ever read, and it was just so cool to finally get to meet and spend time with her. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that her family is among the kindest and most generous that I’ve ever known. On the last day, after we had finished all of our work, Jaden let me play around in her kitchen and studio, which was like letting a little kid loose in a candy store. Let me tell you, that woman has a serious prop (and cookbook!) collection.

Together, we made some authentic shrimp fried rice!

Jaden has chickens, and it was my first time making a recipe with eggs that had literally just been laid thirty minutes before. During the course of the week, every time I would go outside to empty the compost, I would always check the coop for freshly laid eggs. Finding one felt just like Easter! The green ones were my favorite.

I learned that the secret to authentic fried rice is fish sauce, an ingredient that I use hesitantly after a heartbreaking spill in the car five years ago. If you know fish sauce, you know what I mean.

Check out the hero board behind me. Every day we would fill it with photos of the food we just styled and shot. Over the course of the week it went from being almost completely empty, to totally full! We arranged the photos in the chapters that they would appear in the book: vegetables, meats, noodles, shared plates, small plates and drinks.

I hope you guys love this recipe for shrimp fried rice. After making it (properly!) with Jaden, I don’t know how I could go back to making it any other way. From start to finish, it only took about fifteen minutes to make—perfect for using up extra brown rice from the dinner before!

Authentic Shrimp Fried Rice

serves 4

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about 2 cups of cooked rice, preferably from the night before.

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tbsp oil (I use canola at home and Jaden uses rice)

1 handful snow peas, thinly sliced on a diagonal

1 green onion, minced

1/2 red bell pepper, small diced

2 cups raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp fish sauce (or to taste)


Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Once hot, add the eggs and lightly scramble until almost done (should still be slightly on the goopy side). Scoop eggs out and place in a small bowl on the side.

Then, crank the heat to high and add the scallions, snow peas, bell pepper and shrimp to the pan. Saute briefly until shrimp are pink and curled.

Add rice, scrambled eggs, sesame oil and fish sauce to the pan and toss together.



10 minutes (excluding time to cook the rice)



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  • Jin
    February 6, 2012 at 3:52 am

    yay these are all ingredients I readily have on hand! will try it soon.

    I love your shirt Jenna!

  • Cluttercafe
    February 6, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Wow! How exciting! I love jaden and her cookbook is one of my faves. When I first started spending time on food blogs I had left a comment for her and when she replied to me I was beyond excited. I still have it over a year later. It isn’t because I never clean out my inbox either(well not totally). I can’t wait to see her new book. I bet your hand looks great. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks

  • Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee
    February 6, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Mmm great recipe! That would be the perfect way to clean out the fridge of leftover rice, random raw veggies, and eggs cause I always have sesame oil in the pantry! 🙂

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    February 6, 2012 at 4:15 am

    That is sooo cool! I love those guys! 🙂 They were most excellent speakers at the Food Blog Forum last year. I’m so jealous!
    As for the awesome dish, it looks fantastic! I’ve always wanted to give it a try at home, making it easy to control the quality of ingredients and the amount of sodium in the dish. Thank you for the awesome recipe Jenna! 🙂

  • jane
    February 6, 2012 at 4:28 am

    um one time a bottle of fish sauce cracked in my brother’s pick up truck while i was borrowing it….he was convinced that a rat had died in his car and i could not admit what really happened..i mean i am the younger sister and he actually let me borrow his car…and i spilled fish sauce all over it!!! the smell was absolutely horrendous and he no longer has the car…

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    February 6, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Everyone takes one sniff of fish sauce. One is all it takes!

  • Mary
    February 6, 2012 at 4:50 am

    So awesome! What a cool opportunity. Love this post and will definitely give this recipe a shot. Would chicken work in place of the shrimp (not a seafood lover)?

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    February 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    this looks beautiful! Great recipe 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 6, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Oh yes, I totally know what you mean about the fish sauce. It smells absolutely rank!!! But somehow makes food taste so so good. Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Florida. Can’t wait to see the cookbook!

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    February 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

    looks great (and nice and healthy too). Love the picture of you taking a picture – fun to see you “in action”!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    February 6, 2012 at 5:21 am

    How cool that you not only were able to hang out with a mentor of yours, but that you were able to help her with a project. I’d say that falls under the “dreams that came true” category!

  • Kristin
    February 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

    It’s so neat to see your years of hard work and dedication to what you love to do take you to higher levels in your career. Your recipes are always delicious but the inspiration that comes through your blog is what keeps me coming back for more.

    • mom
      February 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      I so agree ~

  • HRCK the Herald
    February 6, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I know this isn’t what the post is about, but….

    Your hair looks great in that picture! Love the current color : )

  • Urban Wife
    February 6, 2012 at 6:35 am

    There is not much better than fresh laid eggs. I miss the days of my childhood when we had chickens out back, and more eggs than we knew that to do with! This rice will be making a rotation on our dinner menu.

  • Margarita
    February 6, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Jenna! What an amazing experience. I used to live with people who had a huge chicken coop, but my host mom always just raised her chickens as pets. She has about 50. No farm fresh eggs for us. Lol! Also I just posted a shrimp fried rice recipe on my blog and I’m excited to try this one. That picture of you is great, btw.

  • Maria
    February 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Glad you had a fun time in Florida. I can’t wait to see Jaden’s book! I know you all did amazing work! What a great team!

  • Cait's Plate
    February 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I adore that last photo!

    And this recipe looks INCREDIBLE!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    February 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

    That trip sounds like such a blast and I bet it was a great experience. Just looking at the props in the background of the second picture on those metal shelves, it definitely seems like you guys had quite the assortment to choose from!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    February 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Loving how light these ingredients seem! I’ve been to hibachi where the make the rice in front of you … LOTS of oil and LOTS of butter. This recipe seems so light and fresh. I also like that rice doesn’t over power this dish! I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Bev Weidner
    February 6, 2012 at 7:43 am

    LOVE that you got to experience that!

    And now I need this shrimp fried rice.

  • corey @ learning patience
    February 6, 2012 at 7:43 am

    The photos and recipe looks amazing! How fun!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  • Annie
    February 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I love fried rice! So glad to have another recipe in the arsenal. Quick question, what motivated the change to adding a ‘jump’ to get to the recipe? Is that going to be a regular thing?

    • jenna
      February 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

      I’m assuming you’re referring to google reader? I decided to start adding a link because recently, I’ve had some issues with my content being stolen straight from google reader. I apologize for any inconvenience!

      • Nik
        February 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        Wouldn’t they still be able to steal your content from your page though? I always thought people made their blog click-out because they’re using it as a business, and that gives extra pageviews which = money. I had no idea things were easier to steal out of reader! I don’t mean that as being mean, I’m really surprised!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    February 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    what an amazing opportunity!! can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture
    February 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    can’t wait to see the book when it’s complete!
    the fried rice looks so delicious.

  • JulieD
    February 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Love this! I loved following it on twitter and instagram. I love, love Todd & Diane & Jaden and was so happy you got this wonderful opportunity. I can’t wait to finally meet you in person next week!!

  • Anne P
    February 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

    What a cool week! Looks like a blast.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    February 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I love fried rice, I use oyster sauce in mine, but I love trying new recipes!!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    February 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I just made fried rice (sans shrimp) for dinner last night! We must be on the same wave length. Although this recipe looks a little tastier than mine. Fish sauce…who knew!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    February 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

    How fun…can’t wait to check out the recipe book when it’s released 😉
    Love this rice recipe…so colourful and “happy” looking! Happy Monday to you Jenna.

  • Erica
    February 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I know what you mean about the fish sauce… I have a 0.75 liter bottle that spilled all over my spices when I tried to move it cross country with me. Big mistake!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    February 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I would have loved to be in that environment; with Todd & Diane, Jaden, you…all those PROPS! I saw them on Todd & Diane’s post last night…wow. Jaden has a seriously amazing collection of stuff. And 16 recipes…in one day…cooking them, styling them, shooting them?! That’s just…well…I can’t even wrap my head around even cooking 16 recipes in a day, let alone shooting them and making it all look pretty.


  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    This looks great!! I LOVE fried rice, so it’d be nice to have a real recipe.. I learned to cook some authentic Thai dishes once from a Thai friend, and it was so fun! I loved that everything actually tasted like my restaurant favs.

    Cute hair – back to blonde?

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    February 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Sounds like so much fun! That shrimp friend rice looks delicious!

  • Hannah
    February 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Sounds/looks amazing! I LOVE fried rice, but have always been apprehensive to make it. Will do with left over rice tomorrow night!

  • Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I’m so excited to try this, will need to go to TJ’s for groceries! Can I ask where your watch is from?


    • jenna
      February 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

      It’s from Timex.

  • Deanna B.
    February 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I love shrimp fried rices and because I have an awesome ability to be exceptionally lazy, I have some of the pre-cooked brown rice from Trader Joe’s sitting in my pantry right now just begging to be turned into fried rice.

  • Moni'sMeals
    February 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Lovely post!

    This looks so good and yes, AUTHENTIC! Take that PF Changs. 🙂

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}
    February 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Love when I see the word authentic in a recipe… it translates to “This will be freakin’ amazing!” 🙂

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    February 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I was just thinking of having shrimp for dinner. Perfect!!

  • Ahn Ei
    February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Looks sooooo good!!!

  • Tara@Sugar Spice and Bacon
    February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Looks amazing and so quick and easy! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!!!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    February 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    what a cool adventure!! And I can’t wait for my parents’ chickens to stop being “on strike” from the cold Nebraska weather – and start laying again! Fresh eggs are fantastic!!

  • Living The Sweet Life
    February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a good looking wok of shrimp fry rice !! Great recipe, and of course – – stunning photos 🙂

  • jenna k
    February 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    i can’t even explain to you how wide my eyes opened after i read about your fish sauce accident. i bought fish sauce one time but couldn’t bring myself to put it in any food.

    unrelated: your jambalaya is one of my favorite dishes to make, and i make it for myself about once every six weeks or so (and it’s the dish after next in my dinner queue right now!). i made it for my parents over Christmas, and they both got seconds and were SO impressed. they raved and raved (to me and others), and my mom keeps badgering me for the recipe. so, i owe you a huge thanks for that!!

  • Krissy @ Krissy's Creaions
    February 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Seems like such a fun time! LOVE this authentic recipe for Fried Rice. It’s great to find a recipe that is just as good {if not better!} than the restaurants.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    February 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    That rice dish looks delicious and so very simple to make! I love cooking with sesame oil and I think it really brings a fantastic, authentic flavor to any asian-inspired dish.

  • Deborah
    February 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love seeing the behind the scenes photos – it makes me want to buy the cookbook even more! And this rice sounds wonderful!

  • miriam
    February 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

    oh this looks really fresh and yummy! love shrimps <3

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    February 7, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Photography is a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL hobby that I hope to master one day. Looks like you had an experience of a life time with great people and great eats!

  • Sabrina@ Radioactive Runner
    February 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

    wow… what a cool experience!! and the fried rice looks great!

  • Erin
    February 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    You spilled fish sauce in the car? Oy vey. I don’t even know if that smell is get-outtable! I’ll be trying this recipe though. 🙂

  • Megha
    February 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I made the fried rice for dinner tonight and it tastes awesome! My hubby walked in the door and knew right away that we were having fried rice for dinner!
    I’m waiting for you to put up a recipe for brown rice. I can’t seem to get mine right even after soaking it for hours.

  • Aggie
    February 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    This post makes me all kinds of happy. I love that you were all together. You are the last of that trio (quad?) that I need to meet. I agree, Jaden and her husband are the kindest….Diane and Todd are something kind of special too. So happy you all spent time together!! This dish looks fantastic! 🙂

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    February 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Made it for dinner tonight, I added some toasted cashews, garlic and mushrooms. Yum! I like a bit more heat, next time I’ll add a chilli pepper. Thanks 🙂

  • Monica
    February 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

    How else would you make fried rice?

  • Sando
    February 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

    this looks incredible. the food makes me want to dive right in and the colors make me wanna pack a suitcase with a one-way ticket to somewhere remote and tropical 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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    August 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

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    Thank you for this recipe!! Very authentic..made it today and was absolutely delicious 🙂

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