Easy Cajun Shrimp Vegetable Fried Yellow Rice
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Because flavor is the spice of life and I despise doing the dishes, I make a big skillet of my Cajun Shrimp Vegetable Fried Yellow Rice at least once a week. I’m so excited to finally be sharing it with y’all so that you can flavor your life.
How To Make Cajun Shrimp Vegetable Fried Yellow Rice
This recipe is super easy to make. It’s perfect if you’re like me and enjoy having your kids help out in the kitchen. Moo has a blast peeling the tails off the shrimp, mixing them in the Cajun seasoning, and helping me pour in the ingredients whenever we make this. This recipe fuses together Asian, Creole/Cajun, and European inspired flavors and spices to create a dishes that will leave everyone asking for seconds and thirds!
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Also, this recipe can be made as a gluten-free meal. Just be sure to check the labels on your ingredients and make sure they say gluten-free. We have gluten allergies in our family. So all of our packaged ingredients – frozen veggies, yellow rice, soy sauce, and spices- were gluten-free.
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 bag of shrimp, thawed and seasoned with your preferred Cajun seasoning blend
- 3 cups of cooked day old yellow rice
- 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Black pepper, optional
- Garlic powder, optional
- Seasoning salt, optional
Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and drizzle in some extra-virgin olive oil aka EVOO. Just enough coat the bottom of the pan. You can always add more later if you need to.
Once your pan is heated, toss in your onions and sweat them down until they start to lightly brown. Then mix in your bag of frozen vegetables. Stir ingredients together and add in black pepper, garlic powder, and seasoning salt to taste if you want to.
Continuing stirring ingredients for about five minutes. Next, add in your shrimp that should have already been seasoned with your preferred Cajun spice blend. Stir again and then add in your day old yellow rice (rice that has been cooked and refrigerated for 24 hours) followed by your soy sauce.
Now sometimes, I just the entire 1/4 cup of soy sauce, sometimes I don’t. As a rule of thumb, I would suggest that you taste your fried rice before adding the soy sauce so that you can estimate how much you want to add. Even after you’ve added your soy sauce and stirred it in, taste your fried rice again to make sure that everything tastes good.
Once you’re satisfied with the taste, turn down the heat to medium-low and let the fried rice finish heating through for a minute or two. You can dress this meal up by garnishing it with fresh chopped parsley if want for fancier occassions or leave it plain.
Cajun Shrimp Vegetable Fried Yellow Rice can be served as a meal on its own. However, I’ve found that it pairs really well with Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken Thighs, too. I’m saving that recipe for another post but trust me it’s just as delicious. 😋
Flavor Your Life
I love mixing ingredients and flavors palettes from different cultures to create unique recipes for my family. In the process, I love that I get the opportunity to educate myself (and my family) about the ingredients that we’re using in our dishes. My mom grew up on a farm and she’s always instilled me the importance of knowing where our food is coming from and how’s it’s being sourced.
This is why initiatives like the Flavor Your Life campaign are important and much needed. 99.9% of the time I use extra-virgin olive oil in my recipes. For this Cajun Shrimp Vegetable Fried Yellow Rice recipe, I used Zucchi 1810 Sinfonia Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s “expertly blended from the finest European Extra Virgin Olive Oils of the first press from Greece, Italy and Spain” using the cold extraction method.
Through trial and error, I’ve learned that not all EVOOs are created equal. I’ve also learned that there are many different varieties of EVOO. For example, you can buy EVOOs that have a peppery taste, a more nutty, or even one that has a peachy taste.
I mean who knew that extra-virgin olive oil could have so many different tastes naturally without being infused with other things like spices or fruit?! Being the kitchen every day brings me joy not only because I’m doing something I love but also because it gives me the chance to learn something new all the time. And as a mom with kids who have food allergies, the more I learn about foods, the more I can continue to expand our menu options and show them that food allergies don’t mean sticking to bland foods.
There’s a whole world of flavor out there for us to explore. Backed and funded by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, the Flavor Your Life campaign wants to continue helping families explore their flavor options specifically when it comes to European extra-virgin olive oils. Their mission is help provide with the latest news and changes in the extra-virgin olive oil so that we as US consumers/buyers can be well informed before we make our purchasing decisions.
How do you educate yourself about the foods you buy?
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