Easy Weeknight Shrimp & Coconut Rice requires ZERO cooking, and you’d never in a million years know it!
Asian flavors are something I absolutely crave, but I can’t ever seem to do them justice in my own kitchen. Easy Weeknight Shrimp & Coconut Rice came about when I was struggling to throw something together for dinner, and it turned out to be a new fav.
Best part: I used cocktail shrimp & ready-rice as my main ingredients! ZERO COOKING
Easy Weeknight Shrimp & Coconut Rice is proof that it really is amazing at how quickly you can make a totally satisfying NO COOK meal when you have the right ingredients.
NO COOK DINNERS FOR BUSY WEEKNIGHTS
I always keep a few trusty pre-cooked ingredients in the freezer. This is solely for getting me through the weeknight rush. Because seriously – you don’t always have time to cook…or energy…or the will to cook. Ready made main ingredients are ESSENTIAL to get no-cook recipes on the table in lightening speed.
(Check out 5 Guilt Free Easy Dinner Shortcuts for more on ready made ingredients & other tricks for surviving the rush!)
I love precooked shrimp because I gotta get a little variety on my dinner plate! A girl can only eat so much chicken.
Frozen (already cooked & peeled) shrimp is such a go-to ingredient because it thaws so quickly. (Which is helpful when you forget to set dinner out to thaw).
Easy Weeknight Shrimp & Coconut Rice comes together in just a few minutes thanks to this little trick.
If you’ve never used these before, then it’s time to visit the frozen seafood section and grab a bag for your arsenal. You can get whatever size you want, but I typically go with the medium sized shrimp.
READY RICE (STEAM IN THE BAG)
Rice is super cheap to buy in bulk. BUT. It’s also super easy to screw up.
One of the best gifts I got at my wedding was my rice cooker. I swear, 10+ years later & this thing is still saving my ass. Rice is sort of like a toddler. It can get into trouble pretty quickly if you take your eyes off it.
That’s my plug for getting yourself a rice cooker😊
Next best thing? Ready rice!
Omg this is a CRUTIAL thing to keep in your pantry for surviving the weeknight rush. It now comes in so many flavors that you can get anything from wild rice to coconut rice. Easy Weeknight Shrimp & Coconut rice comes together via the microwave thanks to this clutch ingredient.
- 2 (8.5 oz) Packages of Coconut Jasmine Ready Rice
- 1 lb. Fully cooked & pealed medium sized frozen shrimp
- 1 c. Frozen shelled edamame
- 1/4 c. Teriyaki
- Fresh lime wedge (optional)
- Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
- Bang-Bang Sauce (Optional)
- Thaw the shrimp overnight if possible. If you forget, not to worry! Just open the bag & fill the bag with tap water. Let sit till thawed (usually about 15 min). Pat shrimp dry & place in a bowl.
- Cover shrimp with teriyaki sauce and warm in microwave using 15 second intervals. DO NOT OVER HEAT. If you don't have teriyaki sauce, then you can use soy, or ponzu here. Just don't use as much! Start with 2 tablespoons & add more to taste at the end.
- Place edamame in a microwave safe bowl and add 1/2 cup of water. Microwave for about 1 -2 minutes until completely thawed and heated through. Drain water & add to bowl with rice. Mix to combine.
- Add just shrimp (no sauce) to rice mixture. Toss. Add about half of the remaining sauce. Toss. Taste. Add more sauce if desired. (Or add soy to taste).
- For extra flavor & spice: Top with a squeeze of lime, chopped cilantro & Bang-Bang sauce if you'd like.
- You can really use any size frozen (or fresh) shrimp you want in this recipe. Just adjust the thawing times as needed.
- The sauce used in this recipe are completely flexible. Use what you have on hand, a combo, or none. I've used each one independently & all together. It may be a bit dry if you don't add at least a little soy, but it will still be tasty!
- I do love a bit of spice with mine, so I use the creamy ready made Bang Bang sauce. But, you could sub this out with Siracha or even Yum Yum sauce.
- The ready rice flavor could be coconut or jasmine--or even plain.
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WORKING PARENTS CAN SLAY DINNER
Helping working parents get dinner on the table for their kids is my thing. That’s what I’m here for—to help you do just that. Easy Weeknight Shrimp & Coconut Rice is simple, healthy & doesn’t have you in the kitchen all night.
That’s the point, right?
That’s why I’ve included this recipe in my FREE mini-cookbook!
Everything in there is NO COOK. So, you & your partner can get dinner tackled together this week. No skills, no time, no cooking—just good food at lightening speed.
If you want to create the habit of cooking at home, then THIS is how you get started.