Thursday, September 25, 2008
Fried Rice...an easy way to do it at home and still get the restaurant quality or even better! I finally found a way to get the rice from not sticking and clumping together which makes for a better fried rice recipe. The trick is to start with cold rice....or day old rice. This way the rice has less moisture and can be fluffier in the final product when combined with the other ingredients. I like to use basmati rice as it is not as starchy as the other rice. You may use any long grain rice though.
You can add really any leftover meat you prefer (or omit)... like diced shrimp, diced pork or diced ham. Vegetables you can use to your liking. Some examples can be...diced carrot, diced celery, and a handful of peas. Or, you can stick to a classic fried rice recipe that includes peas, carrots, green onion and egg. Well, I will show you how I did mine ...
In a rice cooker cook 2 cups (rice cooker measurement cup) with 3 3/4 cups water (or basically a 1:2 ratio rice to water. Cool overnight in refrigerator or do my quick version. Spread rice on a cookie sheet thinly and put in freezer till cold.
It may get frozen a bit but as you let it out on the counter it will defrost quickly. Break up any clumps. I usually freeze it as I am working on sauteing the rest of the ingredients.
1 TBS finely chopped garlic
1 tsp finely grated ginger
1/3 cup diced ham
2-3 TBS olive oil
1 carrot diced
1/2 stalk of celery (this was my addition ...feel free to omit)
about 4 cups cold rice
2 green onions sliced thinly
1/3 -1/2 cup peas
3-4 TBS Soy sauce ( or you can omit (as I do many times since it triggers headaches for my husband) you can adjust by adding salt only...you won't get the amber look but will taste just as good.
salt to taste
In a skillet scramble 2 eggs. Let set and roll up and slice thinly and cut slices again to make smaller pieces. Set aside
Add diced vegetables and saute for another 2-3 minutes or till soft. Add cold rice and soy sauce and stir to combine .
Stir in peas, egg and green onions.
Adjust seasoning and enjoy!