Last week, I went to a new seafood/Asian fusion restaurant in Atlanta that was selling a tiny portion (about a cup) of crab fried rice for $30! While I am unfortunately no stranger to over paying for fancy foods, paying $30 for fancy and small portioned fried rice just didn’t sit well. So I decided to make it for fraction of the cost for the quantity. The most expensive part of the recipe was the crab meat ($16) from Instacart/Publix. Mostly everything else I had already and it will make about ~6 generous servings. Recipe is below. This is an easy recipe if you have extra rice left over and lookin for a quick and relatively cheap meal. I also have been trying to limit sugar, so I did not include oyster sauce but if you have it and are not restrictive I would definitely recommend using a tablespoon for color and taste!
Even though I didn’t go out for this meal, I had the perfect earrings to pair with this crab fried rice…Crabs of course! I first purchased these crabby earrings in 2019 and they no longer are listed on the site I purchased, but I did see the same/similar pair on Etsy from shop KikiCotureLondon for $24.33. I have seen them posted on other sites for up to $50.
I think these earrings are so versatile and a great add to any seafood/crab enthusiast’s wardrobe. I can think of so many scenarios here these would be perfect for: eating crab legs, hanging out at buffets (pre-covid), crab boils, crab crakes, imitation crab parties? My point is the options are endless! I feel like the Bubba Gump of crab ;). I would be surprised if I see these earrings pop up again with a different pairing in the future!
- 2 cups of cooked/day old rice – I used Mahatma Jasmine Long Grain Thai fragrant rice
- 1 cup chopped raw carrots (frozen is fine if you have that)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 8 oz lump crab meat
- 3 eggs scrambled
- 2 garlic cloves
- To taste light soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 bunches of green onions
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon of butter or oil
- Optional: Shrimp (I used 14 Argentina shrimp because they are my favorite)
- Optional: Sesame seeds
- Optional: Tablespoon of oyster sauce
Do all the prepping first !
Start by adding butter or oil to the pan, sauté onion, white part of green onion, and garlic, add the carrots and peas, once carrots and peas are cooked add the shrimp (optional) and cook through, once shrimp is cooked add the cooked rice (best to use day old rice) with soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame oil, scramble the egg separately and then add to the pot/pan, mix everything and then add the crab on top. Garnish with green onions or sesame seeds! I also served with sautéed zucchini for a little veggies!
Let me know if you try this recipe! If you are gluten free, try to substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce.