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Tom Yum Fried Rice

5 from 1 review

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


Love the taste of sour, spicy, flavorful Tom Yum Soup? Tom Yum Fried Rice is all the flavors of Tom Yum, packed into a quick week night dinner!


  • 24 tablespoons of Tom Yum Paste (homemade or store bought), divided
  • 3 servings of shrimp of choice, peeled, deveined with tail-off
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms of choice (we love baby bella)
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cups of at least a day old, cold jasmine rice (the drier the better)
  • 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, remove the seeds, so that they don’t add extra moisture to the fried rice
  • 12 tbsp fish sauce
  • 12 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf, deveined and cut into small strips (optional)


  1. In a large wok, warm a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil of choice.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of Tom Yum Paste and stir-fry until fragrant.
  3. Add mushrooms, and shrimp and stir-fry until shrimp are cooked through, and mushrooms are softened, just takes a few minutes. 
  4. Take out everything that’s in your wok or pan, and place it on a plate.
  5. Add a few more tablespoons of cooking oil over high heat.
  6. Add 2-3 more tablespoons of Tom Yum paste to the wok and warm until fragrant. 
  7. Add the onion, and cook until translucent. 
  8. Break up any chunks of rice, and then add it to the pan, spreading it out as much as possible.
  9. Let it crisp up some, without moving it for a minute or so.
  10. 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.
  11. Add in everything that you had taken out, plus the tomatoes, fish sauce and sugar.
  12. Stir-fry for about a minute until everything is mixed in, and turn off the heat.
  13. Taste it and add more lime juice, sugar or fish sauce to taste. 
  14. Sprinkle on the cilantro leaves and kaffir lime leaf over each serving, and serve with a wedge of lime. 
  15. 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. 

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  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Thai
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Thai

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