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Kids Cook Monday: Garlic Shrimp and Rice Recipe

Updated on August 12, 2013

Shrimp is Low Fat and Healthy

When I was growing up, my mom usually stuck to familiar (read, bland) dishes that were not very exciting or tasty! Shrimp was definitely not on the menu. It took me years to develop a taste for seafood.

Raising my own kids, I have found that, if you introduce new flavors and tastes at an early age, they often become less picky eaters. Shrimp is a great first step into shellfish dishes. It is low fat and healthy, not to mention the most popular seafood in the United States.

This garlic shrimp and rice recipe is simple, tasty and good for you. Kids love rice dishes, and the aroma of garlic from the kitchen is enticing at dinnertime. By mixing in fresh vegetables with the stir fry, you can sneak in a serving of veggies too!

A serving size of shrimp (4 oz.) has only about 100 calories, and is an excellent source of protein, tryptophan (helpful for sleep and mood stabilization) vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids and selenium.

Garlic shrimp and rice, ready to enjoy!
Garlic shrimp and rice, ready to enjoy! | Source

Rate this Garlic Shrimp and Rice Recipe

4.7 stars from 6 ratings of Garlic Shrimp and Rice

Ingredients for Garlic Shrimp and Rice

  • 2 cups uncooked jumbo shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup peppers (red, green and/or orange), chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups minute rice, uncooked
  • soy sauce, to taste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (if desired)
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Cooking the shrimpStir frying the vegetables
Cooking the shrimp
Cooking the shrimp | Source
Stir frying the vegetables
Stir frying the vegetables | Source

Cook Time for Garlic Shrimp and Rice

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 servings

Instructions for Garlic Shrimp and Rice

  1. If using frozen shrimp, thaw completely in a strainer under running cold water. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil, add garlic, shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until shrimp is pink. During the last minute of cooking, add white wine and lemon juice. Remove from heat.
  3. This recipe is easiest with Minute Rice. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, stir in 3 cups instant rice, cover and remove from heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until water is absorbed.
  4. While rice is cooking, stir fry chopped vegetables in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook 2-3 minutes. Stir in cooked shrimp and garlic.
  5. Serve garlic shrimp and vegetables over rice and sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro. If desired, add soy sauce to taste. Enjoy!
My kids enjoying Garlic Shrimp and Rice
My kids enjoying Garlic Shrimp and Rice | Source

Tips for Preparing and Enjoying Garlic Shrimp and Rice

Use the freshest shrimp possible, or frozen shrimp that you have just thawed. If the shrimp has a "fishy" smell, discard and do not cook or eat. It should smell like the ocean: clean and fresh.

Before serving garlic shrimp and rice to young children remove the tails of the shrimp. Make sure that no one in the family or at the dinner table has a shellfish allergy.

Leftovers can be refrigerated for 1-2 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Microwaving left over shrimp will affect the taste and texture.

For a different taste, try adding broccoli or sliced white mushrooms to the vegetable stir-fry. In place of white wine, add chicken stock or vegetable broth.

Serve garlic shrimp and rice with a fresh green salad or fruit salad. Kids love iced summer drinks like lemonade or sparkling water.

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    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you! This is such an easy, delicious and quick family dinner recipe. Hope you and your twins will love it. Thanks so much for the share! Best, Steph

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, what an amazing recipe, sounds delicious and it seems both easy and quick, will certainly try it, I think my twins will like it... Voted up and useful, sharing and pinning! Have a wonderful day!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks sen.sush - I think its very important that children experience a wide variety of tastes. Yummy garlic shrimp and rice is one dish that my family especially loves. All the best, Steph

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      7 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Stephanie, coming from a land where seafood is kind of everyday stuff, prawn and lobsters are some of our most favorite preparations. Like you have done it here, we too prefer it with rice rather than any bread and we usually have vegetable curry to accompany. This quick and light preparation will be really tasty and an interesting dish for those not yet familiar with shellfish. Voted up and sharing.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks you guys! It's definitely easy and tasty. I just noticed the frozen shrimp in my freezer today and have been thinking about making this for dinner again soon. Best, Steph

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      Tammy Cornett 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      This is something that my husband and I would LOVE, as well as our now-adult kids, since we all love seafood. :)

      I'm with DzyMsLizzy...I don't like to spend hours in the kitchen--I want to get in and out of there as quickly as I can, but with a great tasting meal to serve. This sounds like just the thing, and pretty healthy, too!

      Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I don't remember having shrimp as a kid either. I know I love it, just about any way you can fix it. This looks delicious and easy too. I will be trying this very soon! We need a "yummy" button! Voted up!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Susan - we do have delicious seafood here on the West Coast. I love fresh crab too. yum! Cheers, Steph

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love shrimp! This recipe sounds and looks great.

      I used to always buy prawns when I lived in Seattle ... one of the many things I miss about the west coast. We can get large shrimp here but somehow they're just not the same.

      Voting, sharing and pinning.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Yes, definitely a dish husbands will like too! And I'm with you as far as preferring to make a delicious meal that does not take all day to prepare! :-)

      No "un-do" button? Hmmmm.... maybe something HubPages should fix! Thanks for the comment - Cheers, Steph

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      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Sounds wonderful, and wonderfully easy! I am not one who enjoys spending hours in the kitchen slaving over the stove. My gourmet-style kitchen was designed to get me in and out quickly--not to spend half the day in there. Hee hee...

      Kids be doggoned--we're empty nesters, and this sounds like a dish hubby would go nuts for! But, dangitall anyway--I clicked the wrong button in your poll..meant to click the first, and my mouse and fingers misbehaved, and I hit the "undo" feature.. lol...

      Growing up in San Francisco, I was very familiar with seafood from a young age, what with the 'walkaway' shrimp and crab cocktails at Fisherman's Wharf, and so on... ...(Although these days I don't eat much of it--I'm more vegetarian...)

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Faith Reaper! Love cooking and love family meals! I so appreciate your comment. All the best, Steph

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Yum, love garlic shrimp!!! Thanks for the great recipe. It is dinner time here, and I am now so hungry. Your family photo is so cute. Look at those smiling children eating it up! Well done. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Cyndi - I love garlic and shrimp too. Let me know how you like the recipe. Best, Steph

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      This looks so yummy! I love shrimp, I love rice, and I love garlic. This looks quick and easy, my favorites in a recipe. I will try it this week.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Kelley! Good idea on slowing adding the garlic to recipes. My mom used to do that with mushrooms when I was growing up - I hated them, but eventually realized that I was eating them in some of her recipes. LOL! Best, Steph

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      7 years ago

      Yum Steph! This looks fantastic. My boys love shrimp but they don't like garlic. I might try adding a tiny bit of garlic at a time and see if they can develop a taste for it. I agree it's important to start exposing them to different tastes at a young age. Voted up! Kelley

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks shleglebagel and Danette! It is a great recipe. My kids ask me to make the shrimp and rice recipe each week. Glad that it has become a favorite!

      Best, Steph

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      I serve a similar dish. My husband and I eat shrimp fairly often. I'm lucky enough to be able to pick up bags of frozen shrimp at a good price there and since I'm not good at cooking fish, this helps us get some seafood in.

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      7 years ago

      I just got some shrimp at the store and I think we will have try this recipe. It looks very good.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you RC! Appreciate your comment, as always. Best, Steph

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love easy shrimp recipes! Thanks for another great idea. Love your pictures.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks teaches! I really love shrimp and rice together and I'm glad my kids do too. Saves me from having to be a short-order cook. :) Cheers, Steph

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Yet another great recipe post. The kids look like they really enjoy the meal. I love having shrimp and rice together as the tastes are marry well.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks pstraubie - this is a great family meal. Hope you enjoy it. Best, Steph

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yum....I prepare quite a few meals for my family who lives close by. Shrimp is a favorite. I will have to give this a try. It looks delicious. Thank you for sharing this.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Maralexa - I'm with you.... someone should post a great shrimp curry recipe. Delicious. And yes, the kids were enjoying the meal! ;) Cheers, Steph

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      This looks absolutely yummy! I will try it asap.

      I love shrimp and will use it in as many dishes as I can. I would really love a great shrimp curry recipe. Mine doesn't excite me as much as I would like.

      Thanks, Steph. Your kids look like they are enjoying the meal!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks twoseven! That's what I love about easy recipes like this one - you can add your own favorite flavors to suit your tastes. Cheers, Steph

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Glad to know that shrimps are of low fat. I'll definitely follow the instruction on how to prepare garlic shrimps and rice. Just to know how delicious this could be. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Sounds great! Bookmarked!

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      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Sounds great! I like the idea of adding cilantro. Seems easy and delicious, and like you could easily add your own special touches. Thanks for sharing this!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks everyone for the comment and votes! I love shrimp so much now that I find it amazing we never had it when I was growing up.

      I'm glad that my own kids love garlic shrimp and rice. It's a quick easy meal that you can feel great about serving. Cheers, Steph

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      7 years ago from America

      This sounds really good. Enjoyed your hub. Our kids always loved shrimp even when they were young.

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      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Super delicious looking and sounds really easy to make. 5 stars for this garlic shrimp recipe, Steph. :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Excellent combo! Garlic, shrimp and rice YUM! I live near the Gulf and both my parents were fans of seafood so I enjoyed it from a very young age. This recipe is so simple and delicious! The nice thing about seafood and rice is the prep time - you can have a full meal in no time at all. Thank you for sharing. Great pictures and instructions too - thanks :)


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