Rice is a staple dish in many countries. After all, it’s very easy to prepare — all you need is a rice cooker most of the time. This is especially true in smaller households that can’t fit a lot of fancy appliances.
However, another reason why rice is popular is that it’s an ingredient that can be cooked in different ways. The Asian Congee, for example, is a type of rice porridge. Rice can also be turned into risotto or even pudding, depending on where and how it is prepared.
But one of the easiest and most versatile rice dishes to prepare is fried rice. As a dish that can be created with anything with barely any preparation, fried rice has given birth to a ton of recipes all over the world.
Below are some of the best ones.
Egg Fried Rice
The egg fried rice is a very simple dish to make! Believed to have originated from China, you can add any ingredients but this is the traditional one.
For this, you’ll need:
– 4 cups of rice
– 4 large eggs
– ½ cup of chopped scallions
– 1 cup of diced onions
– 1½-2 cups of chopped mixed vegetables (such as carrots, bell peppers, and zucchini)
– ½ teaspoon powder of five-spice
– 1-2 tablespoons of toast sesame oil
– 2 ½ tablespoons of soy sauce
– 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
– A pinch of salt and white pepper
In a pan on medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and scramble the eggs. Once cooked, transfer the eggs to a plate and set them aside. Pour the 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan at high temperature. Add the onion and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes. Add the mixed vegetables, scallions, and salt, and cook for another 2 minutes. Then, add the rice to the pan. Pour in the soy sauce, five-spice, white pepper, and sesame oil. Lastly, add the cooked eggs and mix them all together to combine.
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American Fried Rice
Since fried rice is so adaptable, it is no surprise that there is an “American” version of it. Of course, this dish did not really originate from the US. It’s a variation of fried rice created by the Thai, usually featuring common American breakfast ingredients such as hotdogs and eggs.
For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 cup of cooked rice
– ¼ cup of chopped onion
– ½ teaspoon of oil (for the rice)
– 1 teaspoon of butter, ½ tablespoon of soy sauce
– ½ tablespoon of raisins (soaked in hot water for 2 minutes and drained)
– 2 tablespoons of oil (for the egg and hotdogs)
– 2 ½ tablespoons of ketchup
First, fry the egg in oil on high heat so that the edges brown and get crunchy. Set it aside after. Next, cut the hotdogs with an X pattern and fry them until crispy. Set them aside with the fried egg. In a pan, fry the onions on medium-high until they’re translucent, then add the butter.
Once melted, add the rice. Stir continuously for 2 minutes. Lastly, add the ketchup, soy sauce, and raisins (optional). Stir them all together for another 2 minutes. Serve with fried egg and hotdogs.
Hawaiian-Style Portuguese Fried Rice
This recipe is more unique than most since it combines Hawaiian cuisine with Portuguese ingredients.
For this, you’ll need:
– 4 cups of cooked white rice
– 4 eggs
– 12 ounces of Portuguese sausage (or smoked sausage)
– 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
– 2 ½ tablespoons of oyster sauce
– 3 tablespoons of shoyu soy sauce
– 3 tablespoons of chopped green onions
The first step is to dice the sausage and cook them until browned, then set it aside. Next, scramble the eggs so they break into small pieces, and also set them aside. Heat the sesame oil over medium-low heat on a pan, then add the rice, shoyu soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Mix until the rice is evenly covered in the liquid ingredients. Finally, stir in the sausages, eggs, and green onions until they are combined.
Fried rice is an all-around meal that is easily cooked and enjoyed. Next time you’re looking to eat some fried rice, try one of these recipes to satisfy your cravings!
Exclusively written for eggcurry.in by Jasmine Baker