One question that comes up on Quora from time to time is “what do I do with left over rice?” First thing that pops into my head is fried rice. What kind of rice you use can be whatever leftover you have. In my humble opinion left over rice from a Chinese takeout makes the best fried rice not because of some silly reason like “of course it is Chinese!” but takeout rice when left in the refrigerator overnight tends to be drier than other kinds of rice. This makes it excellent fried rice material.
The recipe I am going to present here is a just plain fried rice with egg and vegetables. You can dress it up with any sort of meat you want in it or you can add more vegetables if you wish.
- 2 cups left over rice
- 1 cup frozen vegetables thawed (see notes)
- 1 egg scrambled
- ½ medium onion sliced thin
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce (see notes)
- 2 Tbsp peanut oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- Over medium heat put peanut oil in a skillet and allow to heat until shimmering.
- Add the onion. Optionally you can add 1 tsp of minced garlic at this point as well. Cook until onions get "glassy"
- Add the scrambled egg and mix until the egg becomes crumbly and well distributed. Some browning of the egg is desired.
- Add the vegetables and cook them about a minute to heat through.
- Add the rice and mix well and cook until you hear the rice "crackling" from the pan.
- Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and mix thoroughly.
- Serve with extra soy sauce.
I use a generic brand mixed vegetables with at minimum carrots and peas in it. If they have things like green beans, corn and other veggies that's OK too.
To defrost put in a colander and run cold water over them until they defrost. Allow to drain thoroughly and should be fairly dry before adding to the fried rice.
I use a mix of low sodium soy sauce and Korean dark soy sauce. This will enhance the color of you fried rice. If you want to stick to low sodium soy sauce for health reasons that's all well and good.