A quick and easy dish to make, the secret to good fried rice is having your rice cooked well, and preferably cold, as I find it fries up better. Preperation is also a key factor. Well cut bits and precooked egg, along with meat can make a difference too. And finally add the sauce in at the end so it doesn’t burn or caramalise too much. keeps the flavours fresh, and tasty.
The other half and I made this version last night, but I’ve added in suggestions of substitutes you can use for ingredients…its a great way to clean out the fridge of bits of veg!
This makes about 3 serves depending on your hunger levels.
- 3 cups precooked and cooled rice
- 2 eggs
- 300g chicken breast cut small (you could use pork, bacon, ham)
- 1 carrot diced finely
- 1/2 cup peas (fresh would be yummy but frozen works fine)
- 1- 2 finely sliced shallots/spring onion
- 1/2 finely diced red capsicum/pepper
- corn from one cob cut off the stalk (or 1/2 cup frozen corn)
- 12 green round beans cut finely
- 1 stalk celery chopped finely
- 4 x small birds eye chillis cut finely
- 1 clove garlic chopped finely
- 2 tbl spoon canola oil
- BBQ chilli sauce, tomato sauce & soy sauce
Once you have everything cut and good to go then there is a few simple steps. In the above picture you can see we added the eggs during the cooking process, but they are actually much yummier if precooked in a hot wok and a bit of oil, and then chopped up roughly and added in at the end of the cooking process.
I start off cooking the harder vegies as they take the longest, so the carrots, celery, capsicum(peppers) beans. Stir to make sure it cooks evenly. If your meat is uncooked I would cook it separatley like the eggs before starting the main dish.
When your veg starts to soften around the edge slightly, add in rice and meat and cook for about a minute, or until everything well turned through and slightly browning.
Right at the end as you are about to take the rice off the heat, add in a generous slurp of the tomato & BBQ sauce and egg and stir until well mixed, then remove from heat immediately.
serve with a squeeze of lemon or a dash of soy sauce.
The joy of fried rice is that the limitations on ingredients is really only whats on hand and your imagination…you could add shrimp, bacon, shredded basil leaves…the list goes on!