Japanese Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe

Japanese shrimp fried rice, known as “Ebi Chahan,” is a delicious and satisfying dish combining succulent shrimp and flavorful fried rice. This recipe offers a step-by-step guide to creating this mouthwatering Japanese favorite in your kitchen.

Ingredients

For the Shrimp Marinade

  • 12-16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sake (Japanese rice wine) or white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic

For the Fried Rice

  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Japanese short-grain rice (preferably day-old)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2-3 green onions, finely chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

Marinate the Shrimp

Combine the soy sauce, sake (or white wine), grated ginger, and grated garlic in a bowl.

Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the marinade. Toss to coat evenly. Let them marinate for 15-20 minutes while preparing the other ingredients.

Prepare the Rice

Use day-old cooked rice for the best results. If you’re using freshly cooked rice, spread it on a baking sheet and let it cool completely. Cold rice works better for fried rice because it’s less likely to become mushy.

Cook the Shrimp

Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and let it heat up.

Add the marinated shrimp to the hot skillet in a single layer. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side until they turn pink and opaque. Remove the cooked shrimp from the skillet and set them aside.

Cook the Vegetables

In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil if needed. Add the diced onion and carrot. Stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.

Add the frozen peas and stir-frying for 1-2 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.

Scramble the Eggs

Push the cooked vegetables to one side of the skillet to create a space.

Pour the lightly beaten eggs into the space. Let them cook for a few seconds until they begin to set, then scramble them with a spatula until they’re fully cooked but still slightly runny.

Fry the Rice

Add the cold, cooked rice to the skillet. Break up any clumps and mix them with the cooked vegetables and scrambled eggs.

Drizzle the soy sauce and oyster sauce evenly over the rice. Sprinkle the salt and white pepper over the rice as well.

Stir-fry the rice mixture for about 3-5 minutes, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined and the rice is heated through. The rice should start to develop a slightly crispy texture.

Add the Shrimp

Gently fold the cooked shrimp into the fried rice. Stir everything together for another 2-3 minutes until the shrimp are well incorporated and the entire dish is heated.

Garnish and Serve

  1. Remove the skillet from the heat. Sprinkle the finely chopped green onions over the top of the shrimp fried rice.
  2. Transfer the Japanese shrimp fried rice to serving plates or a large platter.
  3. Serve your delicious homemade Ebi Chahan hot, garnished with extra green onions if desired.

Tips

  • You can customize this recipe by adding other ingredients like diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or even a dash of sesame oil for extra flavor.
  • Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. You can add more soy sauce or salt for a saltier flavor.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp, as they can become tough and rubbery. They should turn pink and opaque quickly, indicating they are done.
  • Keep all your ingredients ready before you start stir-frying. Fried rice cooks quickly, and preparing everything in advance ensures a smooth cooking process.
  • If you want to make this dish even more authentic, you can use Japanese short-grain rice with a slightly sticky texture that works well in fried rice recipes.

Japanese shrimp fried rice, or Ebi Chahan, is a delightful dish combining succulent shrimp, tender vegetables, and perfectly seasoned rice. It’s a satisfying meal that’s delicious and a great way to enjoy Japanese cuisine at home. Serve it as a main course or as part of a larger Japanese-inspired meal. Enjoy!

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