Homemade fried rice is simple to make and healthier than takeout. This Scallop Fried Rice with XO sauce is easy, authentic, and a crowd-pleaser every time. Add this to your Chinese Lunar New Year menu and may this dish usher in happiness and good fortune for you this new year! In case you need more ideas, plan your Chinese new year dinner with this recipe collection from traditional CNY appetizers to dessert and anything in between.
This recipe is sponsored by Riceland.
Chinese Lunar New Year is here and I’m already busy stuffing my face with all the goodies we have around the house. So today’s recipe is extra special to me. Remember the XO sauce that I shared last week? Well, I’m here with a recipe on how to use that XO sauce in one of the most delicious ways. This Scallop Fried Rice with XO Sauce aka the billionaires fried rice that is perfect to welcome the Chinese lunar new year.
Why billionaires sauce?
As shared here, the name itself comes from fine XO (extra-old) cognac. It’s a shorthand for high-quality, prestige, and luxury, such as all good high-quality seafood. You can imagine how delicious this fried rice is especially when combined with high-quality ingredients.
Scallop Fried Rice with XO Sauce Ingredients
- Scallops and shrimp. I use small bay scallops for this scallop fried rice recipe, but if you can rather use large sea scallops, then definitely do so!
- XO sauce. This magic sauce is da bomb. Seriously! The ingredients include dried scallops and dried shrimp, cooked into perfection with vegetable oil. You can use a store-bought version or make your own using the recipe here.
- Cooked, chilled rice. Any kind of white or jasmine rice will do; however, I use Riceland rice which has turned out to be ah-ma-zing!
- Fish sauce and/or soy sauce. Fish sauce adds an extra kick to this dish; however, if you’re not a fan of fish, use soy sauce instead.
Note: Fresh rice is too soft and falls apart very easily. Use cold (overnight in the fridge) rice so the rice holds together and doesn’t get mushy.
How to cook shrimp and scallops recipe with rice
- I use butter to cook the scallops in a skillet on a single layer. Flip once until golden brown and translucent in the center. Set aside and keep warm
- Then, heat sesame oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside
- Add garlic to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
- Stir in pre-cooked rice, XO sauce, and fish sauce, breaking up clumps with a wooden spatula as you go along and tossing it with oil. Cook, stirring constantly until heated through, about 2 minutes
- Adjust seasonings with salt and black pepper. Toss for 30 seconds and add then add in scallions, shrimp, and scallops
How do you cook rice?
I always cook rice in a rice cooker (you can read all about rice in this post). But Riceland showed me a simple way to cook rice. There are 2 easy methods to cook rice:
Why Riceland Foods.
When it comes to providing nutritious, high-quality rice that is good for the land, your family, and the surrounding communities, Riceland is on it. How do they do this? By growing gluten-free grains that are naturally full of minerals and vitamins needed to sustain you every day. They are also using sustainable technology and research in the process of water and land conservation and the creation of renewable energy.
While you’re here, you should check out their Pinterest or recipe page for more ideas. Riceland has many products from brown rice, Jasmine rice, basmati rice, to sushi rice. And not to mention, each product comes in different sizes. Click here to find Riceland at your grocery store.
Need more protein? Add diced ham to the mix. Or even better with Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage) or bacon.
Want more vegetables? Add peas or diced carrot will add color to this fried rice.
Enjoy spicy food? I don’t recommend adding sriracha to the mix since it will make the rice a bit mushy; however, you can serve this with chili oil on the side.
Fresh scallops are best eaten right away on the same day. However, this scallop rice can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. To reheat, give it a quick stir-fry in a large pan with 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil.
What to eat with this Scallop Fried Rice?
- Pork and cabbage potstickers. Homemade pork and cabbage potstickers (guotie, jiaozi) are more fun and you will never buy take out again after seeing the video on how these are made
- Savory Jade Chicken in Taro Basket.
- Crab Rangoon. These creamy cream cheese and crab rangoons are so easy to make at home. A fake-out take-out favorite and perfect for snacking on game days or any celebrations!
This Scallop fried rice is perfect for the Chinese lunar new year menu and will blow your mind. It’s not just the fresh bay scallops that make it a treat for seafood lovers… It’s the XO sauce and of course, the quality of rice that takes it to another level.
Scallop Fried Rice with XO Sauce
- 3-4 cups Riceland Jasmine rice cooked and cooled overnight
- 3 tablespoons XO sauce store-bought or homemade
- 1/2 pound shrimps
- 1/2 pound scallops rinsed and patted dry
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 tablespoon truffle butter
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 green onion thinly sliced
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add scallops in a skillet on a single layer and cook, flipping once until golden brown and translucent in the center. Set aside and keep warm.
- Heat sesame oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
- Add garlic to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in pre-cooked rice according to the instructions on the package, XO sauce, and fish sauce, breaking up clumps with a wooden spatula as you go along and tossing it with oil. Cook, stirring constantly until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Adjust seasonings with salt and black pepper. Toss for 30 seconds and add then add in scallions, shrimp, and scallops.
Analida Braeger says
My family love this dish and the flavors were incredible. Thanks so much for sharing!
Fried rice is my favourite take out dish, though I usually opt for chicken, however, my hubby LOVE scallops and shrimp so I am going to make this especially for him!
Im drooling over this rice recipe. So flavorful and delicious.
Pam Greer says
The XO Sauce is amazing and I can’t wait to try it with this delicious fried rice! I’ve never used scallops in fried rice, so I can’t wait to try it!
GUNJAN C Dudani says
This recipe is making me hungry and I am drooling all over it. Can’t wait to make it for dinner tonight.
Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli says
That long grain Jasmine rice is wonderful! I love how you paired it with small scallops and shrimps. It looks delicious!
This fried rice looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe.
Jenni LeBaron says
Everything about this scallop fried rice recipe looks delicious but I am particularly excited to try it after seeing the addition of truffle butter! This is going to make my whole household so happy!
Shrimp and scallops are my favorite and that millionaire sounds amazing. This Scallop Fried Rice with XO sauce is going to the top of my must try list.
What a unique and delicious take on fried rice! I was looking for a good “Date night” recipe, and didn’t want it to take forever … this recipe is exactly what I wanted, and it’s delicious!
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says
I can’t resist a good fried rice recipe, especially one with shrimps in it! This is definitely going in my list of things to do for this upcoming weekend. Thanks for the recipe!
Betsy H. says
We tried this last night and WOW! The XO sauce did not disappoint! I used scallops from Lummi Island Wild (https://lummiislandwild.com/our-seafood/alaskan-weathervane-scallops/) and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, everyone!
Bethany Galloway says
I love easy, healthy recipes like this. Can’t wait to try it!
I could eat this scallop fried rice every day, it’s so delicious. The XO sauce is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve never had a dish like this before. I hadn’t heard of XO sauce and all the ingredients sound so flavorful. I like that you provided some variations as well.
I’m always looking for new ways to prepare scallops so I’m happy to have come across this recipe. It looks so delicious, especially with that XO sauce. Can’t wait to try!
I made this last week! Husband said it was way better than takeout. Will definitely be making again!