Restaurant-worthy egg fried rice at home? You bet! This easy rice wok recipe makes it effortless. Fluffy grains, vibrant flavors, and zero takeout guilt. Wait until you try it! 

Forget limp cardboard containers and inflated delivery fees – homemade, authentic egg fried rice is calling your name! This iconic dish, with its fluffy grains and vibrant dance of vegetables, is surprisingly simple to master in your own kitchen.

No need to sacrifice flavor either. With a trusty rice wok and this easy recipe, you’ll be channeling your inner chef in no time, whipping up batches that rival (and probably surpass) your favorite takeout. (And if you don’t have a wok, you can easily use a good frying pan too.)

So ditch the takeout menus and let’s make a batch of this restaurant-quality egg fried rice recipe together. Wait until you try this mouthwatering dish!

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About Egg Fried Rice Wok Recipe With Shrimp

Egg fried rice – a dish so simple, yet so universally adored. It’s the quintessential comfort food, the blank canvas for culinary creativity, and the crown jewel of any Chinese takeout order. My family and I order it every single time we get Chinese food takeout. But why settle for takeout when you can whip up a restaurant-worthy version in your own kitchen?

Why Use a Rice Wok to Make Egg Fried Rice Recipes?

A rice wok, also known as a flat-bottomed wok, offers several advantages when making egg fried rice with shrimp. I use mine a lot when making Asian food recipes because it is much easier to cook them in and helps flavor the dishes. If you don’t have one, you can still make this recipe. But there are a few reasons why the rice wok is best to use when making egg fried rice recipes.

Superior Heat Distribution

Unlike a traditional round-bottomed wok, a flat-bottomed wok sits evenly on most stovetops, maximizing heat contact with the cooking surface. This translates to more consistent and efficient cooking, ensuring your rice isn’t undercooked in some spots while burning in others. It’s important to keep things moving in the rice wok too. Don’t let the ingredients sit on the bottom too long so they don’t burn and everything gets cooked evenly.

egg fried rice wok recipe with shrimp

High Heat Potential

Rice woks typically reach higher temperatures than their round-bottomed counterparts, crucial for achieving that classic “wok hei” – the smoky, caramelized flavor characteristic of stir-frying. The high heat cooks the rice quickly, preventing it from becoming mushy, and sears the shrimp for juicy tenderness.

Ease of Movement

The flat bottom on a rice wok makes it easier to toss and stir ingredients, which is vital for even cooking and achieving the distinctive texture of fluffy, separated rice grains in egg fried rice. I have to admit, I wasn’t much of a tosser of ingredients until we moved here with a gas stove. It is much easier to cook that way than on an electric stovetop.

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Space Optimization

For smaller kitchens or those with limited stovetop space, a rice wok’s flat bottom makes it more stable and easier to maneuver. This can be especially helpful when tossing larger portions of rice and ingredients. I think it’s easier to use because you can fit more and everything stays inside the rice wok.

Versatility

While ideal for egg fried rice, a flat-bottomed wok is also incredibly versatile. You can use it for so many other dishes. I use mine when stir-frying, sautéing vegetables, pan-frying meats, and the occasional omelete.

While a rice wok isn’t strictly necessary for making egg fried rice, it does offer several practical and flavor-enhancing benefits. I prefer making this recipe for egg fried rice in mine. But if you want to level up your stir-frying game and capture that elusive restaurant-quality taste, then consider investing in a really good rice wok.

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How to Make Egg Fried Rice Wok Recipe With Shrimp

The beauty of egg-fried rice lies in its endless adaptability. This recipe is just a springboard for how you can make it because you can easily swap the shrimp for chicken, pork, or tofu. Throw in colorful veggies like peas, carrots, or bell peppers. Add a punch of spice with chili flakes or a drizzle of sriracha. The possibilities are truly endless!

Here’s what you need to make this tasty dish!

Ingredients to Make Egg Fried Rice Recipe with Shrimp

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 lb small or medium shrimp
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked and chilled rice (I prefer short-grain white rice)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3–4 tablespoons soy sauce, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
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Directions to Make Shrimp and Egg Fried Rice Recipe

  • Add 2 tablespoon butter to the pan and heat until melted.
  • Add carrots, onion, peas, and garlic, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onion and carrots are soft.
  • Toss in the shrimp and cook through until no longer pink (about 5 minutes).
  • Increase heat to high, add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and stir until melted. Immediately add the rice, green onions, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, and stir until combined.
  • Continue sautéing for an additional 3 minutes to fry the rice, stirring occasionally.  (I like to let the rice rest for a bit between stirs so that it can crisp up on the bottom.) 
  • Then add in the eggs and stir to combine. Remove from heat, and stir in the sesame oil until combined. 
  • Taste and season with extra soy sauce, if needed.
mixing egg fried rice in the wok

Other Variations of Egg Fried Rice Wok Recipe

Egg fried rice is an easy recipe to play around with. There are lots of different vegetables, meats, and poultry you can add or substitute to make this dish truly your own. Here are some other ingredients to try.

  • corn
  • broccolli
  • cauliflower
  • pork
  • chicken
  • turkey
  • tofu

Egg Fried Rice Wok Recipe With Shrimp FAQ

How long can I keep leftover egg fried rice in the refrigerator? 

Homemade egg fried rice can last up to 3 days, stored in an airtight container. Reheat gently over low heat or in the microwave until warmed through. When this recipe is made with seafood, like shrimp, I recommend up to 2 days for refrigerator storage.

Can you freeze egg fried rice? 

Yes you can freeze egg fried rice. Before freezing, cool completely, then portion into air-tight containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as above

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Do you add egg before or after fried rice? 

In this recipe, the egg is scrambled separately before being combined with the fried rice. However, some variations add the egg directly to the rice and cook it together. I prefer my recipe with it cooked in after so the egg doesn’t risk overcooking. Experiment and find what you prefer!

How do Chinese restaurants make their fried rice taste so good? 

Restaurant woks get scorching hot, ensuring quick cooking and a distinct smoky flavor. They also use high-quality ingredients like cold, leftover rice, which creates a drier, fluffier texture. Some chefs might add a touch of MSG for extra flavor and depth.

Master the Wok, Master the Meal

This Shrimp Egg Fried Rice recipe is just the beginning of your rice wok journey. Remember, the key is high heat, quick cooking, and a play around with your dish. I’d love to hear how you made your own variation of this recipe in the comments below. Thanks for giving it a try!

egg fried rice wok recipe with shrimp
egg fried rice wok recipe with shrimp

Restaurant Quality Egg Fried Rice Wok Recipe With Shrimp

Stacy Ling
Restaurant-worthy egg fried rice at home? You bet! This easy rice wok recipe makes it effortless. Fluffy grains, vibrant flavors, and zero takeout guilt. Wait until you try it! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 876 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp butter divided
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ½ lb shrimp small, cleaned, tail off and deveined
  • 2 medium carrots peeled, diced
  • 1 onion white, diced
  • ½ cup peas frozen
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups white rice cooked and chilled
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 3-4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil toasted sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp parsley garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Add 2 tablespoon butter to the pan and heat until melted
  • Add carrots, onion, peas, and garlic, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onion and carrots are soft
  • Toss in the shrimp and cook through until no longer pink (about 5 minutes).
  • Increase heat to high, add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and stir until melted. Immediately add the rice, green onions, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, and stir until combined.
  • Continue sautéing for an additional 3 minutes to fry the rice, stirring occasionally.  (I like to let the rice rest for a bit between stirs so that it can crisp up on the bottom.) 
  • Then add in the eggs and stir to combine. Remove from heat, and stir in the sesame oil until combined. 
  • Taste and season with extra soy sauce, if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 876kcalCarbohydrates: 159gProtein: 29gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 1005mgPotassium: 598mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5590IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 159mgIron: 3mg
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  1. My mouth is watering! I never knew to use cold rice to get the best results. Can’t wait to give this a try!!

  2. I love fried rice but have never tried to make it. Your recipe looks amazing and I will definitely be trying it!