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Easy & Delicious Fried Rice
Easy & delicious fried rice is a favorite recipe in my household. I must confess that I am not a big Asian food fan, but the one thing I’ll always eat is fried rice. Nathan and I went to a Japanese restaurant a while ago where we sat around a table and watched our food being prepared. It was a show, to say the least!
One of my favorite parts is where they make the fried rice. It always looks delicious, and it tastes just as good. Watching it being made inspired me to give it a try at home by myself, and it has been successful every time.
Simple & Fast
The reasons I love this recipe is that it is quick and easy. Who doesn’t love that? It is almost impossible to screw up, and can be made in a single pan. The other part is that it can be made with almost anything. This is an excellent way to clean out the vegetable drawer in the fridge. Finish off the last little piece of onion, or the single mushroom drying out that has a day left.
Every time I make this, I check my veggie drawer and see if there is anything about to go bad that I can save by using it in this recipe. Food waste is a huge money drain, and I’ve been trying to cut down on it. I’ve also incorporated some Thrive Life freeze dried veggies into it to give an added flavor while still saving me time.
I use a non-stick pan for this and keep using it for every step. I haven’t measured anything out for this recipe simply because it is more to use up what would be wasted kitchen scraps. Just what looks good to me.
Start with boiled water and put the rice in. Once the rice is in the water and starts absorbing, I’ll turn the burner off but leave the pan uncovered on the burner.
While the rice is cooking, I chop up my veggies to be used. The last one I made, I incorporated Thrive Life freeze dried chicken and celery into it, and just let them soak in hot water until I was ready for them.
After the rice is cooked, remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl. I then add butter to the pan to saute the veggies. Once the veggies are close to being done, add the rice back in to fry, followed by the eggs.
I love scrambled eggs in my fried rice. That is easily my favorite part because it is another texture and flavor in the dish. Plus a quick cooking protein. Eggs are also like little vitamin bombs of goodness that our bodies need. They are often called “nature’s multivitamin.”
Adding in Soy Sauce
The last thing I add into the pan is soy sauce. Here’s a little secret to a deeper flavor. That pan is hot and I pour the soy sauce in from a single corner or open space. Don’t drizzle it all over the rice. What this does is cooks the soy sauce because as soon as it hits the hot pan, it will start to sizzle and bubble. Not only will this deglaze the pan and bring all the yummy bits up off the bottom of the pan, but it gives a much deeper and richer flavor.
My other favorite thing about this method versus drizzling it over everything is I can clearly see how much soy sauce I am adding it. When I drizzle, it literally disappears into the rice and is gone. It is beyond easy to overdo it that way and the meal goes from amazing to simply being a giant salt bomb. Nobody wants that.
Remember earlier when I said this meal was almost impossible to screw up? Adding in too much soy sauce is a guarantee to screw it up. Being able to visually see what is going in is a huge help for me. I would much rather serve it to Nathan and let him add more if needed.
As I talked about earlier, I incorporated some Thrive Life freeze dried foods into this recipe. I used the celery and chicken. Celery is the single most wasted vegetable in my house, so having the freeze dried option is amazing. There is no waste when a food is freeze dried because it will last 25 years unopened and 5 years opened.
The Thrive Life chicken was perfect for this dish because I didn’t have to dice and cook the chicken for the meal. That just adds time and another pan, and I don’t usually have the time to devote to that. To be perfectly honest, without the freeze dried chicken option, I would not have added in any other protein besides the eggs.
For garlic, I will say not to add in more than one good sized clove, maybe two small ones. But this is the one other ingredient that can overwhelm the dish. Less is more in terms of the garlic!
Fried rice is a nicely balanced meal with carbs, protein, and vegetables, that takes less than 20 minutes to make in a single pan. When Nathan comes home in between his two jobs and is rushed, this is my go-to meal to give him something great while cutting down on my food waste at the same time. This is literally the perfect meal in my house!
Once I serve the rice, I add some chow mein noodles on top for an added crunch to a soft dish. Texture is important! Nuts also can be added in for the same reason. Last time I made this I used cashews and loved it. Peanuts work wonderfully too.
What are some veggies you like adding in to a fried rice recipe? Tell me about them in the comments! Or tell me about a wasted veggie in your house that could be added to this recipe and cut down on food waste. Have you tried this easy & delicious fried rice recipe? Check out my other side dish recipes!