A shrimp fried rice recipe using Filipino bagoong-alamang. Easy to make and pairs so well with so many Filipino dishes. Serve with pork barbecue, inihaw na isda (grilled fish), lechon kawali, adobo, or even as simple as a scrambled egg!
Bagoong Rice–Filipino style shrimp paste fried rice
This bagoong rice recipe is inspired by a Thai dish called kao kluk gapi. It’s made of Filipino bagoong-alamang and day-old rice. If you’re looking for a good alternative to plain rice to serve with your favorite dishes, then this one is for you!
To make bagoong rice, you will need:
- rice – use day-old cold rice. I recommend Jasmine rice (long-grain rice) or Japanese rice (medium-grain).
- bagoong-alamang – I highly recommend using the bagoong-guisado for this recipe as it’s already been pre-seasoned and less salty.
- garlic and red onion – You can also use shallots if available.
- liquid seasoning – the secret ingredient that enhances the overall flavor of fried rice and bagoong. DON’T SKIP THIS!
What to serve with bagoong rice
And here’s the list of Filipino dishes that I think would go so well with bagoong rice. Perfect for family gatherings, potluck with friends, or just when you want an alternative to plain rice.
- Chicken Kare-Kare
- Lechon Kawali
- Sweet Adobo
- Crispy Fried Pork belly
- Chicken Barbecue
- Grilled Fish or Inihaw na Isda
- Pork Barbecue
If you want to go simple, you can also serve it with:
- Fried fish
- Beef Tapa
- Fried Egg
- Tortang Talong
- Fried Talong
- Shredded green mangoes
- Grilled tomatoes
Bagoong Fried Rice
- 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 small red onion or 3 shallots (finely chopped)
- 2 1/2 tbsp sauteed shrimp paste / bagoong-alamang guisado
- 4 cups day-old rice
- 1 tbsp liquid seasoning (add more, to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- onion leaves/ scallions (for garnish)
To serve (pick your choice)
- scrambled eggs (thinly sliced)
- fried talong/ egg plant
- green or yellow mangoes (julienned)
- red onion (julienned)
- stir-fried tomatoes/ grilled tomatoes
- fried or grilled pork belly, sweet adobo, fried or grilled fish (pick your favorite!)
- Prepare all the ingredients. Start by chopping the garlic and onion. Prepare preferred side dishes that you would want to serve with the bagoong rice.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add garlic and onion. Cook until softened and fragrant. Set heat to medium-low. Add bagoong-alamang and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the rice and toss breaking the lumps over medium-high heat. Pour liquid seasoning. Continue stirring for another 2 to 3 minutes. Taste. Season with salt or add more liquid seasoning.
- Transfer to a serving plate and serve with your choice of side dishes! Enjoy!
Recipe Notes and Tips:
- If using freshly cooked rice, dry it by spreading it on a heatproof tray before cooking. If you’re in a hurry, put it under a fan until it cools.
- Bagoong - use the sweet stir-fried/guisado variant.
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A few tips before you start cooking
- If using freshly cooked rice: Cook your rice as you normally do but with a little less water than usual i.e. reduce up to 1/2 cup of water. This will prevent the rice from being too starchy. Once the rice is done, spread it onto a plate so it will cool off faster. Then transfer the rice into the fridge and let it sit there until you’re ready to cook.
- For the liquid seasoning, I used, Knorr. Other brands such as Maggi liquid seasoning and Braggs are good alternatives.