Easy Fried Rice

 

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Fried rice is a pretty quick and easy dish to whip up when you don’t have a lot of time. There are so many ways to make it, with different flavors and “add-ins” that the possibilities are endless. It is even quicker if you have left over white or brown rice from chinese take out. I always seem to and it’s a shame to just throw it away when you can quickly transform it into this tasty dish. Here I made the rice portion of the recipe first as I didn’t have any leftover in the fridge. Instead of just using water to cook your rice, try adding more flavor with chicken or vegetable stock, or in this case even more flavor with a vegetable stock with Thai flavors of ginger, lemongrass, lime, cilantro, and coconut! When I cook rice I like it on the light and fluffy side, and not too wet, so I use slightly less liquid than the traditional 2 to 1 rule of liquid to dry rice. I think it comes out much better especially if you plan to fry it. In this recipe I made things easy with just frozen peas and carrots for the veg, but feel free to add in whichever vegetables you like. Mushrooms, broccoli, snow peas, bean sprouts… there are so many options. Also there is a little butter in this version because I like the Hibachi style fried rice. It adds a really nice flavor but if you’d rather not add it it’s no big deal. It will still be yummy. There is added protein with the scrambled eggs, and you can take it a step further and add cooked shrimp, chicken, beef, pork or tofu to make it a one dish meal. This fried rice makes a perfect side dish, especially paired with my Grilled Asian Chicken recipe I posted yesterday. So get wok-in! 🙂 (Or obviously a saute pan is fine too)

 

 

 

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Gather all your ingredients and set yourself up, so you’re ready. This moves pretty quickly so it’s best to have your Mise en Place all set.

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Slice your onions, mince your garlic, slightly beat your eggs, and measure out the rest of your ingredients. Next, bring your water or flavored stock to a boil.

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Once the liquid reaches a boil, stir in your dry rice.

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Bring it back to a boil, and continue boiling uncovered, on medium high heat.

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When the liquid has cooked down to the level of the rice, and little steam craters appear, cover the pot tightly, turn your heat down to low, and DON’T PEEK! Let the rice cook for 20-25 minutes until tender, but not mushy.

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Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and set it aside until you need it.

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When you’re ready to stir fry, heat your wok or saute pan to medium high and add your oil, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring quickly, until just softened.

 

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Push the onions and garlic to the side and add your butter…

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Then your beaten eggs…

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And fry them up….

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until light and fluffy.

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Next add in your cooked rice, and peas and carrots. Stir fry together..

 

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add in your soy sauce..

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and your Mirin rice wine, and stir fry a couple more minutes to combine all the flavors.

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Et Voila! There you have it, Easy Fried Rice. Enjoy!

 

Easy Fried Rice (Yield: 4 Servings)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c Rice

2 1/2 c Water or Flavored Stock

2 Tbs Vegetable Oil

2 Tbs Unsalted Butter

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Medium Onion, thinly sliced

2 Eggs, slightly beaten

1 c Frozen Peas and Carrots

3 Tbs Soy Sauce

3 Tbs Mirin Rice Wine

Procedure:

1.Slice your onions, mince your garlic, slightly beat your eggs, and measure out the rest of your ingredients. Next, bring your water of flavored stock to a boil.

2. Once the liquid reaches a boil, stir in your dry rice, bring it back to a boil, and continue uncovered, on medium high heat. When the liquid has cooked down to the level of the rice, and little steam craters appear, cover the pot tightly, turn your heat down to low, and DON’T PEEK! Let the rice cook for 20-25 minutes until tender, but not mushy. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and set it aside until you need it.

3. Heat your wok or saute pan to high and add your oil, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring quickly, until just softened. Push the onions and garlic to the side and add your butter.

4. Pour in your beaten eggs, and fry them up, until light and fluffy.

5. Next add in your cooked rice, and peas and carrots. Stir fry these together, add in your soy sauce and your Mirin rice wine, and stir fry a couple more minutes to combine all the flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Easy Fried Rice

    • Hi Bish!
      Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, I absolutely agree with you Sesame oil has a lot more flavor, and is a nice substitute for the vegetable oil. As I pointed out in my Easy Fried Rice recipe post, the options are endless as far as which oil you can use, which vegetables you can add and also protein add-in variations. That is what makes cooking so fun, you can tweak away and make it your own. Thanks again for your input!
      Dianne 🙂

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