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Shrimp Paste Fried Rice

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
The most basic shrimp paste fried rice. Add other spices and herbs to make Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian variants.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 person
Spicy shrimp paste fried rice with eggplant omelette and vegetables


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 shallots peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 1 cup cooked rice preferably day-old so that the grains have dried out
  • pepper to taste
  • thinly sliced scallions as much or as little as you like
  • salt (optional)
  • 1 generous pinch sugar (see notes after the recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice or lemon juice (see notes after the recipe)


  • Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
  • Saute the shallots until softened. Add the garlic and saute until aromatic. Take care not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the shrimp paste. Continue sauteeing for another minute or until the solids begin to separate from the oil.
    Cooking chili shrimp paste fried rice in a wok
  • Add the rice, sprinkle in some black pepper, and turn up the heat. Stir fry until the rice is heated through.
  • Off the heat, add the sliced scallions and give the fried rice a few tosses to blend in the greens.
  • Taste the fried rice. Add salt is the shrimp paste does not impart sufficient saltiness.
Keyword fried rice, Shrimp Paste