For those of you who don't know me on the boards, my husband is chinese. He is the first person in his family to be born in The United States. He is third person to graduate from college here and the first to join the Military. My husband is an amazing man, a good Soldier, a fabulous father, and, not surprisingly a decent cook. He has taught me the secret to Chinese fried rice. And let's just say, I've gotten good. I am loving this fried rice recipe, simple yet delicious. Plus with all the deals on soy sauce lately, it is a frugal side dish as well!
Here's the big secret, the reason why your fried rice never turns out the way the restaurant's fried rice do: Use day old rice. Yes. That is what makes or breaks your fried rice. I make about 2 cups of rice in my rice cooker (HERE's one for $14, it's the one we have and I love it!) put in a container in my fridge and let chill and sit over night. The next evening the rice is ready to go.
2 cups of day old rice
Low sodium soy sauce
– Put enough oil to completely cover the bottom of the skillet. Heat skillet on high.
– Spread day old rice evenly in skillet once oil is hot. Lightly pepper to taste
– Splash soy sauce over rice (roughly 1/2 cup)
– With spatula mix so rice is evenly browned, let rice sit for 30 -60 seconds, Flip rice and let sit for another 30 -60 seconds.
– Crack 4-6 eggs on rice
– Splash more soy source on eggs (about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup)
– Mix rice and eggs together until eggs are thoroughly cooked (Do the flip and sit method again)
– Serve hot. Enjoy your fried rice!
Thanks, will give this a try! Any recipes for a brown sauce, like for Chicken and Broccoli? Would love to be able to make that as well!
Maggie Leung says
Jen, those are coming! I will show you the trick for stir frying broccoli, too.
I am SO trying this this week! Can’t wait to see more recipes Maggie~ great job!
Awesome! Stop over and link up in my Chinese Recipe Link up! I’d be honored! http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2011/01/chinese-food-take-in-recipes-and.html
Chinese food made in my home never turns out good.. But now think it will.. Can’t wait to try this and also can’t wait to get the other recipes :). Thanks
My daugther is all excited about making this. The chinese place we go to has peas and onions in their fried rice at what point can I add that? I’m assuming I would have to do the onions first and then add the rice and add the peas after I brown the rice?
Maggie Leung says
Yes, dice the onions as small as you can and cook them with the peas before, add the onions and peas into the rice when you add the egg.
Excellent recipe. At what point do you turn the heat down and how low? Thanks!!
Can you use minute rice left in the fridge overnight?
Kim Danger says
Not sure, I’ve never tried it but I assume it’s ok!