Growing up, my mom and grandmas would use up left over rice from previous nights dinner by making fried rice for me and my brothers for breakfast. Over the years, I developed my own fried rice recipe. FYI…you can change this recipe to meet your specific preferences, in my opinion there is no right or wrong way to make fried rice as long as you and your family enjoy it. Also, it can be a fun activity for you to do with your kids.
As I mentioned, you may pick whatever ingredients you prefer. So, if you don’t like peas, but prefer carrots, then please use carrots. Also, the amounts are estimates based on what ingredients I prefer, but you should change amounts based on your preferences.
My fried rice recipe typically makes five bowls of fried rice with some left over. It feeds our family of five (3 young kids).
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Below are the ingredients I like to use in my friend rice, I try to use organic ingredients when possible:
Like I mentioned previously, I usually have left over rice from previous night’s dinner. But, if you don’t have any left over, then typically rice takes about 20-30 minutes to cook and prepare in a rice cooker. If you don’t have a rice cooker, then you can use a regular pot to cook it, here’s an article I found on how to cook rice on a stove, click here. And, I typically use Nishiki medium grain rice, visit link to purchase: https://amzn.to/2J5YB8a or click on picture below.
Or, you may find at your local Asian grocery markets. Please keep in mind that links in my posts are affiliate links. If you go through them to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. Earning commissions enables me to write, manage and maintain this free blog for readers like you.
First, you’ll want to cut up the bacon, see picture below. I typically use half to one package of bacon (I really like bacon). Then, you’ll want to cook it first, then put to the side. Some people drain the bacon oil, I prefer to keep the bacon oil with the cooked bacon and mix into the friend rice.
Second, you’ll want to scramble 6 eggs and put aside. Measure 2 cups of peas, then put aside. Again, you can adjust or substitute any of these ingredients to suit your preferences.
I cook the bacon first over medium heat and I tend to cook it on the softer side versus cooking it crispy because I cook the bacon further at the end when I combine the ingredients. But, if you like it crispy, then cook it crispy. You’ll want to make sure bacon is thoroughly cooked. Put the bacon and bacon oil aside.
Next, I cook the scrambled eggs over low heat, then before the eggs are completely cooked I add the frozen peas. I cook the peas for a few minutes, then add the cooked bacon and bacon oil and mix up. You’ll want to ensure the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
After the peas are cooked and all of the ingredients are mixed up, then I add a layer of cooked rice. On top of the rice, I spread about a half to whole stick of butter. That’s right, I said butter. I don’t think that most fried rice recipes include butter, but I think it adds a unique flavor that I like.
Then, I add sea salt and pepper. Because I don’t add soy sauce to my fried rice, I’m more liberal with the sea salt, but you should add based on your taste or health preferences. I realize some people can’t have too much salt in their food for health reasons. My kids like soy sauce on everything, so you can add soy sauce to the fried rice if you prefer.
Other ingredients I’ve seen in fried rice are carrots, chopped up chicken, spam, etc. What ever ingredients you like, try to add it to your fried rice recipe. Enjoy!
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