When you get Chinese take out, you always get fried rice. You have to, it's just so good. Did you know you could cook fried rice at home? It's easy, it's healthy and a great way to use leftovers.
- 4 cups cooked, day old rice
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or oyster sauce (can use more to taste or color)
- 3 tablespoons green onions, sliced fine
pork, shrimp, chicken or other leftover meats of your choice
- Start with rice that has been cooked the day before. The texture is better and your dish won't be wet or mushy. Make sure to break up any clumps so it cooks evenly. About 4 cups of cooked rice is a good start.
- Beat 2 eggs with a fork. Cook them, like scrambled eggs in a frying pan or a wok using 2 tablespoons of oil. Break them into smaller pieces as they cook. Remove eggs from the pan and save for later.
- Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook the rice until it's heated through. This should take 2 to 3 minutes. Then add soy sauce or oyster sauce. If you use the dark soy sauce, the rice will be the darker color that you usually find at most restaurants.
- Add the eggs and some green onions into the pan. Stir to combine and cook to heat through. You can serve as is or make your own creations.
Most Chinese restaurants' basic fried rice has pork in it. It usually comes from left over pork strips, boneless ribs or bone in ribs. It also gives a nice red color to the dish.
You can add just about anything you have left over. Chicken would be great. Cut into small pieces and cook it in the same way you would do with the eggs. Heat it up by itself first, remove it from the pan and then add it in at the end to heat it through.
Another good choice to add would be shrimp. If you don't have leftover shrimp, and who does, you can get a can of salad sized shrimp. Drain the liquid before adding the shrimp to the pan. They are nice and bite size already and would add a great look to the fried rice.
No matter what you like, or how you like it, it's easy to cook fried rice yourself. Give it a try, you'll be pleasantly surprised.