Easy Fried Rice Recipes

Rice. Many simply can’t live without it. Its ability to become the perfect accompaniment to any dish has made it a constant presence in every Filipino dinner table. Whether you like it long-grained, short, white, brown, whatever you please, rice is just an essential ingredient in every dish.

Rice has always played the supporting role in a dish, but at times it’s capable of standing out on its own. Here’s where fried rice comes in.

This dish is so easy to make, yet so filling. There are a hundred different ways to make fried rice, but these three are my favorite recipes.

 

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Tips for the perfect fried rice:

  1. Use day-old rice. The best kind of fried rice has grains that are dry and crumbly. No one wants a clumpy fried rice. Leftover rice will be perfect for this dish, because most of the moisture has already been drawn out.
  2. No leftover rice? If freshly cooked rice is all you have, don’t worry! Simply spread it out on a baking tray and let it cool completely. This helps the moisture evaporate and prevent rice from clumping. What you’re left with is rice that has the perfect texture for this dish!
  3. Use a large wok. Making fried rice can take some work. A large wok will help you toss the ingredients with ease without making a mess.

 

Now let’s make some fried rice!

 

Triple Garlic Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 4 whole pieces of garlic
  • 1/3 cup crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp of garlic chili sauce
  • egg, omelet-style and cut into strips
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp chopped spring onions

Instructions

  1. Chop off the tops of the garlic bulbs. Run under water until the bulbs are wet. Place in a small oven-safe bowl and pour oil over the garlic. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  2. In a large pan, saute garlic with salt. Once the garlic is slightly browned, add rice.
  3. Add green onions, egg, and garlic chili oil. Mix until well combined.
  4. Garnish with the roasted garlic.

 

Thai-Style Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1/3 cup minced red onions
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 10 shelled shrimps
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 spring onions, chopped into thin strips
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 bunch of Chinese broccoli
  • 1 tsp crab fat
  • sprinkle of white sugar
  • 2 red chilies mixed with 1 tbsp of fish sauce

Instructions

  1. Beat 4 eggs and cook in a pan over low-medium heat. Constantly stir gently to let the egg cook evenly. Once the bottom of the egg is cooked, flip. Cook for a few more seconds and remove from pan. Chop into thin strips.
  2. Saute onions and garlic in a wok over medium heat. Add shrimps. Once slightly cooked, add in the spring onions.
  3. Add fish sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce. Add in the egg.
  4. Mix in the rice until well combined. Add leafy Chinese broccoli. Add in crab fat and mix until well incorporated. Once plated, add a sprinkle of sugar over the rice.
For the chili sauce:
  1. In a bowl, combine chili and fish sauce.

 

Nasi Goreng Style Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 250 grams boneless chicken thighs
  • 10 shelled prawns
  • 2 red onions minced
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 10 green beans, chopped
  • 1 carrot, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp shrimp paste (bagoong)
  • 2 tbsp kecap manis
  • 1 red chili, chopped with seeds
  • 1 cup of white rice

Instructions

  1. Chop chicken thighs into strips. Place into a wok over medium heat.
  2. Add prawns and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add onions, garlic, green beans, carrots, tomato paste, shrimp paste, kecap manis, and red chili.
  4. Add rice and mix until well combined.
  5. Garnish with shrimp, green beans, and a drizzle of kecap manis.

 

See how easy it is to make these recipes!

 

Erwan Heussaff
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