I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE fried rice. Growing up whenever we went out to eat to a Chinese restaurant or grabbed take out, I always ordered the same thing> Fried Rice. I was so picky growing up (and kinda still am) that fried rice was always a go-to for me.
One of the best things about becoming an adult (if I can really say that’s happened already?) is that I learned how to make fried rice at home.
This dish is quick and delicious. It can easily become a whole meal if you toss chicken or tofu into the mix. It’s especially great because I use leftover rice to make it, and it also keeps well for future leftovers.
Here’s how I make my tasty, no-frills version:
* cooked and chilled white long grain rice
I made 2 cups of rice in four cups of boiling water the night before. We only ate a small portion of that with our dinner, and I saved the vast majority in tupperware in the fridge for fried rice! It’s important that you allow the rice to fully chill, which is why overnight is best. It prevents the mushy-ness.
* 4 eggs beaten in a separate bowl
I like lots of eggs so I’m always generous with my eggs.
* 10 oz bag of frozen peas and carrots
I hate cutting carrots.
* 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to fry the rice and sautee the veggies
I don’t think the oil is absolutely necessary, but I like to use a bit to get the cooking started.
* extensive soy sauce 🙂
* 1 bundle of chopped green onions
Step 1: Heat small amount of oil in one large pan (or wok). Once the oil is hot, add cold rice and stir.
Step 2: In a separate small pan, heat up the frozen veggies on low heat.
Step 3: After cooking the rice on medium heat for about 3 minutes, mix in the beaten eggs straight in with the rice and stir thoroughly to full integrate and fry the eggs.
Step 4: Add the chopped green onions into the veggie pan and mix.
Step 5: Combine the veggies with the rice and eggs.
Step 6: Pour on the soy sauce and continue to stir the fried rice.
Step 7: Pull the rice from heat, wait for it to cool off a bit, and serve!
Total Cooking time (not including pre-cooking rice): seriously less than 20 minutes
Like I mentioned, it’s also great to mix in an additional protein to kick this recipe up a notch.
*Check out more of my easy recipes here.