Stir-Fry Rice With Shrimp, Vegetables & Soy Lime Sauce

So many times, I have been asked what kind of cuisine I prepare for my family at home. Because my kids are confronted by two cultures, I try to balance it out the right way, in my opinion. Italian food is what you will most likely see on our table, usually pasta dishes then sometimes fish or meat dishes accompanied with vegetables and yes, pizza. The question is, how do I integrate Asian food to our diet?

I don't cook Asian food as often as I cook Italian food because there is a unanimous preference for Italian dishes but I make sure that something Asian is introduced on our table every now and then. I want the kids to grow up having a familiarity with the Eastern flavors.

The two are divided. My daughter's taste in food is like her father's and my son's like mine. My son and I love strong flavors which is typical of Asian and Sicilian flavors while the other two love the milder ones, the typical Italian dishes. My daughter adores white rice that she mixes with extra virgin olive oil & grated parmigiano reggiano while my son will not touch white rice unless it is flavored with soy sauce, to take away the whiteness. 

With all these food limitations, we do agree in some dishes. One of them is this stir-fry rice dish. Since stir-fry rice is better with leftover rice from the previous day (because the rice has lost most of its moisture), I usually cook this a day after serving Asian food with white rice. This is so simple to cook being soy sauce & lime as very important ingredients. Shrimp and vegetables are so wonderful with this dish. If my kids with different preferences with food eat this with gusto, I am sure you will too! We absolutely love this dish!

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Stir-Fry Rice with Shrimp, Vegetables & Soy Lime Sauce

Serves 4
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 16 pieces shrimp, shelled & deveined
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups green peas
  • 5 cups steamed white rice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  1. Over medium heat, in a wok or large saucepan, saute the onions in olive oil.
  2. After about 2 minutes, add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots and green peas. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the rice and mix well.
  5. Add the soy sauce, sugar and lime juice. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  6. Garnish with the parsley.
  7. Serve warm.