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Tom Yum Fried Rice | Thai-Foodie

Tom Yum Fried Rice

  • Author: Sherri Pengjad
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


Love the taste of spicy, sour flavorful Thai soup, and want to try it out a new way? Tom Yum fried rice!! All the flavors of Tom Yum, packed into a quick week night dinner!



  • 4 cups  of at least a day old jasmine rice (the drier the better)
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 25 Thai chili peppers, to spice preference (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped lemongrass (take off the easy to peel outer layers, and then cut up the middle part of the stalk as finely as possible, use a food processor if you want to really break it down)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped with the stems taken out
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms of choice (we love baby bella)
  • 1 tbsp Thai roasted chili paste, prik pao
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste (optional)
  • juice of 1 lime or more to taste, plus one lime quartered for serving
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 3 servings of shrimp of choice, peeled, deveined with tail-off
  • 12 tbsp fish sauce
  • 12 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves


  1. Stir-fry onion, garlic, and chili, if using, in a few tablespoons of cooking oil of choice until fragrant in a wok or large saucepan. 
  2. Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, mushrooms, and stir-fry until softened, usually takes a few minutes. 
  3. Take out everything that’s in your wok or pan, and place it on a plate.
  4. Add a few more tablespoons of cooking oil over high heat.
  5. Break up any chunks of rice, and then add it to the pan, spreading it out as much as possible.
  6. Let it crisp up some, without moving it for a minute or so.
  7. Then start stir-frying, and add in the Thai chili paste, tamarind paste (if using) and lime juice, and stir it up until it’s combined.
  8. Add in everything that you had taken out, plus the tomatoes and shrimp.
  9. Stir-fry for about a minute until the shrimp has changed to pink, and turn off the heat.
  10. Add fish sauce and sugar to taste. 
  11. Sprinkle on the cilantro leaves over each serving, and serve with a wedge of lime. 
  12. Enjoy!


If you like spicy, but the rest of those eating it can’t handle the heat, make spicy Thai Seasoning Sauce to go with the fried rice, so those who like spicy can add it to taste. 

  • Category: Thai
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Thai

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