Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to cook fried rice:
Cooked rice (preferably refrigerated overnight)
Vegetables (e.g., diced carrots, peas, corn, bell peppers)
Protein of your choice (e.g., diced chicken, shrimp, tofu)
Eggs (2-3, beaten)
Soy sauce (2-3 tablespoons)
Garlic (2-3 cloves, minced)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: chopped scallions, sesame oil for added flavor
Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients
Dice the vegetables and protein into small, bite-sized pieces.
If you’re using overnight refrigerated rice, break up any clumps to ensure the grains are separate and not sticky.
Step 2: Heat the Pan
Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.
Add a tablespoon of cooking oil and swirl it around to coat the pan evenly.
Step 3: Cook the Protein and Vegetables
Add the protein (e.g., chicken, shrimp) to the pan and stir-fry until it’s cooked through and slightly browned.
Remove the cooked protein from the pan and set it aside.
In the same pan, add a bit more oil if needed, then add the minced garlic and stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant.
Add the diced vegetables to the pan and stir-fry until they are tender-crisp. This usually takes a few minutes, depending on the vegetables you’re using.
Step 4: Scramble the Eggs
Push the cooked vegetables to one side of the pan, creating a space for the eggs.
Pour the beaten eggs into the empty space and scramble them using a spatula until they are cooked but still slightly moist.
Once the eggs are cooked, mix them together with the vegetables in the pan.
Step 5: Add the Rice
Add the cooked rice to the pan, breaking up any clumps with your spatula.
Stir-fry the rice and vegetables together, ensuring that the rice is evenly coated with the ingredients.
Step 6: Season the Fried Rice
Drizzle soy sauce over the rice and stir-fry to distribute the flavor. Adjust the amount of soy sauce based on your taste preference.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt as soy sauce is already salty.
Step 7: Add Final Touches
If desired, add chopped scallions and a drizzle of sesame oil for added flavor. Toss everything together.
Step 8: Serve
Once the fried rice is well heated and the flavors are combined, remove it from the heat.
Serve the fried rice hot as a main dish or as a side dish alongside your favorite Asian-inspired recipes.
That’s it! Enjoy your homemade fried rice. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients such as diced ham, pineapple chunks, or different seasonings to suit your taste preferences.