Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fried Rice (with or without a protein)

Fried Rice (with or without a protein)
(8-12 servings)


1 tbsp. Peanut Oil
2 large Fresh Eggs, beaten lightly
3 tbsp. Peanut Oil
6 cups Cold Cooked Rice (see note)
2 cups Cooked Protein, diced (chicken, pork, beef, shrimp or combination)
2 tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
1 tbsp. Heavy Soy Sauce
1 tbsp. Sherry
1 tbsp. Brown Bean Sauce
3 Scallions, sliced
1 tbsp. Fresh Ginger, minced or grated
2 tbsp. Peanut Oil
3 Scallions, sliced (garnish)


Heat oil in wok, wok type pan or large saute pan over medium-high. Add small ladleful of beaten eggs at a time to make thin coat in pan. Should take about 3 times to cook all of the eggs. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, sliver into thin shreds. Back to the pan you are using. Add the 3 tbsp. oil to pan over high heat. When hot add the rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Next add protein (if using) and stir-fry another minute. Now add the soy sauces, sherry and bean sauce as you stir-fry one more minute. The eggs get added back now and stir-fry for about 15 seconds. Mix in the scallions and ginger stir-frying another 15 seconds. Heat the remaining oil in a separate pan until smoking. Then add to rice mixture and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Pour the fried rice mixture into a large serving dish and sprinkle with the scallions set aside for the garnish and serve.

Note: Because the cold cooked rice may be sticking together, we need to separate it. To do this add 2 tbsp. Of cold water to the rice and using a fork or chop sticks fluff carefully. Wet hands work too.

Note: You can use canola oil in place of peanut oil. That way you don't have to buy another type of oil for your cooking. If you do deep frying, it is probably best to have peanut oil too in your pantry.

Note: You will note that many fried rices you see from restaurants will also have diced carrots and peas in them. It is mainly done for color and a little filler (helps keep cost down). You can do that here too if you desire. I'd add about a cup total of these two ingredients.

Note: For vegetarians, you could use Tofu instead of the protein options above. Vegans could also skip the egg to make their dish. Mushrooms would be a nice substitute too for the protein.

Note: Recipe can be cut in half to help those not needing so much product.

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