Here’s a tasty recipe that’s great for using up refrigerator scraps, takes almost no time to make, and is perfect for customization. Stir-fried in a wok or a frying pan, common ingredients used in this dish are eggs, vegetables, and some kind of seafood or meat. Fried rice can be eaten as a stand-alone dish or as an accompaniment to another dish.
For my recipe, I’m going to be adding chicken soup powder which will bump up the umami profile of the dish, making it taste just like Chinese takeout.
5-minute Fried Rice
- 1/4 C. cooked protein (ham, chicken, Spam, etc.) cut into ¼” cubes
- 1 medium carrot cut into ¼” cubes
- 1/4 C. frozen peas
- 3 green onions finely chopped green & whites separated
- 3 eggs + a pinch of salt, beaten
- 3-4 C. cooked rice cold, cooked rice
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. chicken powder You can substitute soy sauce.
- 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper You can substitute black pepper.
- 1/2 C. frozen peas
- 1/4 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil for frying High-temperature oil like grapeseed or safflower oils.
Stir-frying the additions
- In a skillet, over medium heat add 1 teaspoon of oil.
- Add your protein and sauté for 1 minute or until lightly browned.
- Add chopped carrots & cook for another minute.
- Add the white parts of the green onions.
- Stir and transfer to a serving dish.
Scrambling the eggs
- In the same pan, add another 1 teaspoon of oil.
- Pour in the eggs and cook until scrambled.
- Add the eggs to the other ingredients in the serving dish.
Cooking the rice
- In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of oil.
- Add the cold rice, using your spatula to press it down so that it makes good contact with the pan.
- Let rice cook undisturbed one minute, then stir.
- Now add salt, chicken bouillon powder, and white pepper. Mix well.
- Cook for an additional minute, then add the other cooked ingredients.
- Stir to combine.
- Add the frozen peas. Combine and then cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the green onion tops.
- Finish with sesame oil
- Serve hot with Sriracha.
So What Does it Taste Like?
Delicious! The ultimate comfort food, especially for winter, but really whenever you have leftover rice. It’s warm and hearty with a nice touch of egg and veg, rounded out with a touch of sesame oil. And if you use SPAM like I did, you’ll also get that saltiness.
Can I Adapt This Recipe?
By all means! Fried rice is the epitome of a recipe that lends itself to adaptation and customization. If you wanna make this vegan, great, skip the eggs and meat, add more veg, and add some kimchi which will boost your probiotic load.
Or, if you don’t have or eat regular rice, you could also make this with cauliflower rice or quinoa, making sure to cook it first in water as you normally would.
Happy cooking, lovelies!