Sweet Fried Rice with Dried Shrimp

Dried shrimp is a very common food and gift item in most south-east asian countries. Especially in Vietnam. If you are Vietnamese, you have probably experienced the joys of being gifted handfuls of dried shrimp by friends and relatives during a visit to your home country. If you don’t have any dried shrimp on hand, some Chinese and Vietnamese grocery stores carry them in the refrigerated section. On my last trip to Vietnam, I came back to Canada with 2 kilograms of shrimp. That’s 4.4 pounAds! They can be kept in room temperature or in the fridge for more than 5 months. With so much shrimp in the pantry, I needed to find ways to incorporate them into soups, dishes and even create new recipes. This recipe is a sweet version of fried rice with lots of crunch and a nice sweet taste.

sweet fried rice dried shrimp



Time to cook: 25 mins



1/2 cup dried shrimp

1 tbs sugar

1 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic

Dried onion flakes

3 cups of cooked rice left overnight

2 tsps soy sauce

1 tbs stock or 1 1/2 tps of hondashi

2 tbs vegetable oil


Fill a small bowl full of warm water and let the shrimp soak. Slice the onion and garlic into very thin slices. Heat a pan on medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and remove them onto a paper towel once they become golden brown. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, sugar and salt with stock or 1.5 teaspoons of hondashi+1 tablespoon of water. Put the rice on the pan and de-clump it using a spoon. Drizzle the soy sauce and stock mixture over the rice while mixing the rice. Add the shrimp and mix well. Cook for 5 more minutes on medium low heat. Add the crispy garlic and onion flakes over the rice and mix well. Serve immediately.


I hope you enjoyed this recipe!