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Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

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Rice with dried shrimp and cabbage is a simple and delicious dish that is popular in many Asian cuisines. It is made with just a few ingredients but is full of flavor. The dried shrimp add a salty and umami flavor, while the cabbage provides a bit of crunch.

About Dried Shrimp:

Dried shrimp is a type of seafood that is often used in Asian cuisine. They are small, salty, and have a strong umami flavor. Dried shrimp can be found at most Asian grocery stores.

When Buying Dried Shrimp:

When buying dried shrimp, it is important to carefully read the ingredients and instructions. Some dried shrimp are colored with artificial dyes, which can give them a bright orange or red color. However, these dyes are not always safe to eat, so it is best to avoid them.

I prefer to buy dried shrimp without added preservatives and food coloring. These shrimp retain more of their nutrients.

rice with dried shrimp and cabbage
Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

About the Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

The rice is made with cabbage, tomatoes, dried shrimp, and spices. I only add fresh spices because I want the rice to taste like dried shrimp. Dried shrimp have a mild anchovies taste.

cabbage and rice

The taste of the shrimp is not overpowering. The spices enhance their flavor while cooking. The dish is made of white rice. You can also use yellow rice or brown rice if you prefer.  It can also be eaten as a main dish instead of a side dish because of the vegetables added.

dried shrimp
Dried Small Shrimp

Notes and Tips:

  • You can use fresh shrimp or even bacon bits if you don’t have dried shrimp.
  • You can also add other vegetables to the dish, such as carrots, onions, or bell peppers.
  • Add a chili flake pinch or NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce if you want a spicier dish.
  • Serve with a dipping sauce, such as soy sauce or chili sauce.

Spice up your rice with ingredients to create more exotic dishes. Make Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage today!

Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage

Rice with Dried Shrimp and Cabbage is a savory and delicious rice dish that is perfect for dinner and lunch.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish, Side Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 2834 kcal



  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 ½ cups dried baby shrimp cleaned and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup onions
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • ½ cup tomatoes diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 sprig thyme


  • Clean and rinse the shrimp. Place shrimps in a strainer to remove any excess water—heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic, shrimp, and onion. Let fry for about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, tomatoes, black pepper, and salt. Let fry for about 3 – 4 minutes, then add thyme and rice. Only stir to blend all ingredients. Add water and gently stir. Let the rice boil until the water is almost evaporated. Cover and lower heat. Let cook for about 20 to 25 minutes until the water evaporates and the rice is fully cooked and fluffy. Depending on the rice brand, this may take an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot with a meat or fish dish or by itself.


Serving: 4gramsCalories: 2834kcalCarbohydrates: 319gProtein: 300gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4046mgSodium: 13162mgFiber: 11gSugar: 10g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Corn Allergy:

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Originally published on May 11, 2013. Revised and updated.

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