If you are looking for a way to use up leftover rice, this fried rice recipe is a perfect solution. Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it is also a great way to use leftover vegetables and meat. The list of ingredients and the numerous steps might make it seem harder than it really is. Follow the simple directions and you can learn how to make fried rice that is as good as (or better) than any take-out!
4 c water
3 Tbsp vegetable oil + 1 tsp
1/2 c diced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c mixed frozen peas and diced carrot blend
1 – 2 Tbsp soy sauce, to taste
2 tsp sesame oil
- Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Heat a small skillet with about 1 tsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Pour in eggs; cook just until set, stirring frequently. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add about 2 Tbsp of the oil, give it about 20 to 30 seconds to get nice and hot, then add the onion and garlic, cook until onion in translucent and tender.
- Add carrots and peas and continue stir-frying for about 30 seconds.
- Add the other 1 Tbsp oil and let it heat for a few seconds; add the chilled rice. Stir fry quickly to coat the rice in the oil. Continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes until rice is reheated and fried well.
- Add soy sauce and oyster sauce and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in fried eggs.
- Drizzle with the sesame oil, then quickly stir to combine.
Number of servings (yield): 4
How to Make fried Rice:
Making fried rice is one of those dishes where you can easily improvise and use what you have on hand. I have gathered the basic ingredients, but I had some leftover turkey that I’ve added as well as some sliced scallions or green onions. The white part of the green onion I add with the vegetables for a quick stir fry, I toss in the green tops in at the very end.You can see on my prep plate that I have the green onion separated into two piles.
The small dish on the plate is a little grated fresh ginger. I don’t like biting into hunks of ginger in my rice, but I like the extra flavor it adds, so I grate the ginger and add it when the onion and garlic are just about done cooking. I also like to use a lot more than 1 cup of vegetables, mainly because my kids love fried rice and it’s an easy way to get more veggies in their diet.
If you like bean sprouts, rinse a handful in cold water and give them a quick stir fry before adding the rice. When making fried rice stick with the basic concept, then adjust it according to what you like. If you do not like peas, by all means, leave them out! Adjust the soy sauce and oyster sauce according to your taste, but go light on the sesame oil, it can easily overpower the dish.
Another great flavor that I sometimes like to add to my fried rice is Chinese 5 Spice Powder. This is a spice that can easily overwhelm a dish, so only use a small amount. I typically use about 1/2 tsp for fried rice. Remember, a little goes a long way.