Fried rice is an easy recipe to throw together and is the Asian equivalent of leftover hash. Take whatever meat or protein you have on hand, your day-old cold rice and add in some vegetables. You’ll have a meal ready in just minutes. The key is to have all the ingredients ready before you start cooking.
The fried rice recipe below is just a guideline. Feel free to add in whatever you have on hand or gather ingredients off the Optional Ingredient List
Fried Rice Dinner Recipe
5-6 cups cooked rice, chilled
1-2 cups diced ham or pork (or hotdogs diced)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup frozen peas, steamed
1-2 tablespoons oil
½ cup soy sauce
1 can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits
1 cup cashews
1 cup raw shrimp, thawed
½ cup green onions, diced
1 cup frozen vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, or combo)
In a large skillet, sauté ham or pork bits until warmed through on medium heat (We used kosher hot dogs this time). Remove from pan and place in a large bowl. In the same skillet, cook the eggs until firm, scrambled eggs. Using the spatula, break into bite-sized pieces. Remove from pan and place in the same large bowl.
Add oil to pan and start with heat on low. Carefully add your day-old, cold rice. Toss rice in skillet, breaking up any large chunks. Because the rice will contain water, it can spatter when it hits the oil. Continue to sauté and stir for 4-5 minutes or until all the large chunks of rice are broken up. Slowly add the soy sauce and stir. Soy sauce is high in sodium so resist the need to add salt. Once the rice has evenly absorbed the soy sauce, add back your meat and eggs. Add your vegetables and stir to incorporate.
Next time you make a batch of sticky rice, double the recipe and you’ve got a head start on fried rice later in the week. It may be tempting to use hot, recently cooked rice but the result will be mushy, pasty rice fried rice.
Adding pineapple, cashews, shrimp and green onions make this recipe into Pineapple Friend Rice, another favorite dinner in our house.
What’s your favorite leftover dish?