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Very Basic Fried Rice

This is just basic fried rice, you can easily add any vegetables or other flavors you want.


Very Basic Fried Rice

by zirbirt

Fried rice is actually a very simple dish to prepare, and it is also quite versatile. You really can add any meat, vegetables, and seasonings you want, to create all kinds of new versions of this classic. I however, will be making the most basic version of fried rice.

To start I need some cold rice. This means I have to make my rice a couple hours in advance (or the night before), then let it chill in the fridge. For those not in the know, this is how to make rice:

Basic White Rice:

Bring 3 cups of water + 2 tsp salt to a boil over medium high heat.

Add 1 1/2 cups white rice and stir

Cover with lid, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 mins without lifting the lid.

Just chill the above for a couple hours in the fridge, or over night and it is good to go. Why chill it? I find that cold rice really does fry a lot better than warm rice.. and I don't mean just a little better, I mean a lot.

To begin the actual fried rice, I take a very large non-stick pan and add in 3 Tbs of butter. I heat it over medium heat until the butter melts and is starting to bubble.

I then add about 1/2 a medium onion, chopped, along with about an equal amount of meat (ham in this case), and about 2 cloves of garlic.

I stir this and cook it over medium heat until the onions start to turn translucent.

Then, I just toss all the rice in there... and bring the heat up a little bit (like from 6 to 7).

I stir everything together then sprinkle on the soy sauce.. and a little fish sauce (optional)

I keep the temp about 7, and flip and stir the rice.. Then let it sit for 2 minutes, then flip and stir.. I repeat this until the rice is pretty consistently brown.

Once that happens, I push all the rice out to the edges, making a round opening in the middle of the pan

I add a drop of oil into the opening, then crack 2 eggs right in there.

I scramble the eggs, till fully cooked, trying not to blend with or disturb the rice too much.

Once the egg is fully cooked, I then incorporate it into the rice by mixing it.

That's it. Fried rice is done! From here you can easily add in vegetables, like carrots or peas, or sprouts.. You can change up the meat, or just leave it out. You can also toss in some peppers or other seasonings. It's all up to you.

Hope you enjoyed this posting. Thanks for reading!

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