Fried rice is a takeout favorite, but it's also quick and easy to make at home. It's a great way to use up leftover rice—in fact, cooked, cold rice makes the best fried rice. It's a great way to transform boring leftovers into an entirely new dish. The next time you're making rice, just make extra and stash it away. Then, you'll have a delicious, quick fried rice dinner in no time.
This is a basic recipe for fried rice that you can add to as desired. Serve it as a side with leftover vegetables mixed in or serve it as a main dish with barbecued pork, chicken, or shrimp. Once you have this basic recipe mastered, you can feel free to adjust it to suit your needs and taste.
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Gather the ingredients.
Wash and finely slice the green onions. Lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.
Heat a wok or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. When the oil is hot, add the eggs. Cook, stirring, until they are lightly scrambled but not too dry. Remove the eggs and clean out the pan.
When the rice is heated through, add the scrambled egg back into the pan. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the green onion. Serve hot.
- If you add more ingredients to bulk up this dish, be sure to increase the number of eggs from 2 to 3. This will keep the ratio of eggs to rice well balanced.
- Traditionally, the Chinese do not add soy sauce to the rice. If you like, you can serve the dish plain without the soy or oyster sauce.
- Another option is to add a small amount (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) of XO sauce or thick soy sauce, or to use 2 to 3 teaspoons of dark soy sauce—these will give the rice a darker color.
- Add 1 to 2 cups total of diced, cooked veggies like carrots and peas and/or meat like cooked dark-meat chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp.
- For a tasty Thai version, try classic Thai chicken fried rice.