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Shrimp Fried Rice


  • 1 lb raw shrimp thawed if frozen

Shrimp Marinade

  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • juice of 1 lime ~2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce reduced sodium
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Fried Rice

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots diced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped or pressed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 4 cups brown rice cooked
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce reduced sodium
  • 1 Tbsp honey


  • Throw all marinade ingredients into a blender and puree. Combine shrimp and marinade in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 8 hours.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Place shrimp and marinade in skillet and cook shrimp until firm and pink. Two to 4 minutes per side depending on the size. Remove shrimp from skillet with tongs - leaving remaining marinade in the skillet.
  • Add 1 Tbsp oil to skillet with remaining marinade. Heat and then add carrots, onion, garlic, and ginger. Saute until soft.
  • Add brown rice and frozen peas. Stirring to brown the rice and thaw the peas.
  • Drizzle soy sauce and honey over the rice and stir. Add back shrimp and serve.


Other Thoughts:
  • Choose tamari instead of soy sauce for all my gluten free eaters out there.
  • I keep a tube of pureed, fresh ginger in my refrigerator. Sure its not 'fresh' - all my chef friends are probably cringing right now. But, the time saver is everything.
  • Make your brown rice 1-4 days ahead of time. (Instant Pressure Cooker ftw) Even faster prep and it actually tastes better with old rice. It absorbs more flavor and crisps up beautifully.
Athletes: Emerging research out there about endurance athletes, GI tolerance, and FODMAPs (more on this another post, if you're interested) - following a lower FODMAP diet may improve GI symptoms associated with long endurance efforts. Onions and garlic are high in FODMAPs. A simple swap is to eliminate the onions and use the green ends of green onions in the marinade and top with chopped (just the green ends) green onions at the end. And, use less garlic. Perhaps 1 clove in marinade and 1 in the rice dish.
Healthy Eating: Nothing I love more than healthy food that tastes better than the less healthy alternative! This meal has the perfect balance of whole grains, lean protein, and veggies all in one bowl. Ta-Da!!!
Kids: It's always great to eat as a family and offer the same foods to the whole family. That being said, if this is a new food for your kid, have another item at dinner that you know your kid will eat. Like apple slices or grapes. This encourages them to try dinner with the family but have something they will eat, the fruit, if they aren't feeling adventurous.