Eggs are a dietary mainstay – not only for breakfast but for a quick lunch or dinner, and also as an ingredient for sweet and savoury dishes. Eggs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, high quality proteins, good fats and various other lesser-known nutrients.
Fried rice is one of those Chinese take-out menu items that you can easily make at home! The addition of eggs to fried rice is what makes this traditional rice dish packed with protein.
Some tips to create the perfect fried rice:
- Use cold, leftover cooked rice. Left in the fridge overnight, the rice grains will firm up, making it easier to separate and decreasing the chances of your fried rice turning out mushy.
- When cooking the rice, don’t add too much water to the pot. If you’re cooking 1 cup, use about 1 cup of water and a few tablespoons more.
- Another trick? Fry the rice dry first in the pot before adding water.
- Don’t overdo the saucy seasonings – just add one tablespoon each of soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame oil. Adjust to taste.
- Cook the eggs in a separate pan before adding to the wok.
Chinese Fried Rice Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 7 minutes Serves: 4
3 cups leftover cold rice
2 cups bean sprouts, rinsed
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 small red onion, chopped (or substitute with green onions)
1 tablespoon light oil, your choice (I used grape seed oil)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce or Coconut Aminos (soy-free)
In a wok or large frying pan on high heat, sauté carrots together for several minutes until softened, stirring constantly. Add onions and peas and sauté for a few more minutes. In a separate pan, scramble together 3 eggs until cooked. Add the rice to the wok, then fish sauce, sesame oil and soy sauce, cooking for a few minutes. Add scrambled eggs, stirring constantly. Add the bean sprouts and sauté for about two more minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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