Thai Fried Rice Recipe with Shrimp (Khao Pad Goong ข้าวผัดกุ้ง)

Thai Fried Rice Recipe with Shrimp (Khao Pad Goong ข้าวผัดกุ้ง)
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Get all the details for this Thai fried rice recipe (khao pad goong ข้าวผัดกุ้ง) here:

Thai fried rice is a very typical street food dish in Thailand and you’ll find it at any restaurant you go to. It’s quite easy to make, and it’s usually pretty tasty as well. You can order Thai fried rice with any kind of meat you want, but probably the most popular version is with shrimp, which we will be making in this recipe right here.

When you make fried rice, if you don’t have all the ingredients mentioned in this video, you can alternatively just find whatever you have in your fridge and use that. I’ve made fried rice with all sorts of ingredients, like leftover grilled chicken or steak, and it turns out extremely delicious. So don’t be too concerned about ingredients you have, but if you do happen to have fresh shrimp, it does taste amazing. Like with many stir fried dishes, the most important thing is to first prepare all of your ingredients. Peel the shrimp, chop up the onion, garlic, Chinese broccoli, or whatever other vegetables you’re using, before you get started.

For the rice, it’s actually best to use day-old rice, as it has sort of dried out. However, if you only have fresh rice which has just been cooked, the best thing to do is put it in a bowl, and let it air dry for a while until it’s completely cooled. If you fry fresh rice directly from the hot pot when it’s still moist, it’s much easier for the rice to stick to the pan – so that’s why it’s best to use cooled or day-old rice.

In this Thai fried rice video, I’ll also be preparing prik nam pla (พริกน้ำปลา), which is the famous Thai condiment of chilies mixed with fish sauce. You’ll find this condiment at nearly every Thai street food restaurant, and it’s an absolute must when it comes to Thai fried rice. That’s what makes it uniquely Thai.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to cook this Thai fried rice recipe:

Fried Rice with Shrimp (Khao Pad Goong ข้าวผัดกุ้ง)
1.5 cups of cooked rice cooled (or day old rice works well too) – Or just estimate about 1 normal bowl full
About 5 – 10 shrimp, head peeled, but tail on
¼ of a big white onion (or ½ of a very small white onion, like I used)
1 leaf of Chinese broccoli (or any crisp green leafy vegetable)
2 cloves garlic
1 egg
½ tablespoon soy sauce
½ tablespoon oyster sauce
Pinch of sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon of oil for frying

Prik Nam Pla (Chilies in Fish Sauce พริกน้ำปลา)
5 Thai chilies
3 tablespoons of fish sauce
1/2 of a lime

Full Thai fried rice recipe (khao pad goong ข้าวผัดกุ้ง) here:
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  1. This is a wonderful and delicious recipe. Never made Thai fried rice like this before. I always mixed chilies and fish sauce in to the rice while cooking. Love the idea of topping off with black pepper, lime and chilies with fish sauce, just amazing. This is also a great recipe for people with kids because you can make the fried rice separate and then just use the chilies with fish sauce for heat on top. Thank you!

  2. You're such a young man!! And, I had no idea that you are a chef! I have only seen you eating other people's food. Loved this, my friend. Peace to you and your family.

  3. I LOVE this guy. I just happened upon him because I was looking for a thai fried rice recipe on Pinterest. Wow, what a find. Just watched him at Pakistan. Fascinating and fun to watch him eat. He's adorable and adventuresome and just a total delight. I'm now subscribed and watch everything he does. Thank you, Mark!

  4. Hello Mark, just subscribed!
    My all time favorite food to eat is Thai! My favorite entree is the Thai Basil Spicy Shrimp fried rice.
    I'm always ordering out for this dish, after viewing your video, I'm going to attempt to make my own at home now.
    I especially love the thai chilies!!

  5. i have been brought up in spicy Sri lanka. Ventured this dish today and was one of the best fried rice I've ever had ,Works adding a little bit of rice at first to soak up the juice of the shrimp and the garlic,My two teenager kids went head over heels of the taste.Added few more vegetables as well.Amazing

  6. That is a beautiful wok
    I am in Texas and am using frozen cooked baby shrimp and found the other ingredients my store is limited ?
    Do you know if a sight where we could purchase wok and cooking utensils

  7. Made this dish this evening and it is authentic, easy to make and the taste is exactly what i remember from my years in Udon Thani over 40 years ago. We'll have this again really soon.

  8. Hi Mark, Did you add anything to get that beautiful color because you didn’t use shrimp head? It looks so tummy. I wish mine would look like that. Also what brand of rice did you use? Would love to hear from you.

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