Fried rice is a tasty and easy way to make leftovers into a whole new dinner. Homecooked leftovers-based fried rice might not compete in authenticity with take-out, but don’t let that put you off any more than you are put off making homemade burritos.
- leftover rice (can be frozen for future fried rice use)
- leftover chicken, diced
- leftover roast (beef or pork), diced
Other potential ingredients:
- frozen peas or peas & carrots
- shrimp (fresh, frozen, or canned)
- small diced vegetables (carrots, zucchini, peppers)
Quick & Easy Fried Rice
- Heat oil in a wok or large skillet.
- Toss in the cold rice and press into the pan. Let it sit for a minute, then move it around with quick chopping movements.
- Add in the vegetables, toss lightly to incorporate, then press and let heat again.
- Repeat with the meat.
- Make a well in the center and crack in a few eggs. Sprinkle with salt. Let them sit until the bottoms start to cook, then scramble them a bit. Let the bottom set just a bit, then toss it through the rice. Pat the rice down again to heat.
- Add in soy sauce and maybe some sesame oil to taste, then give it a toss again to incorporate.
- Serve immediately!
Don’t let that scare you, though. About half the time, I end up over-stirring, and while the texture might not be authentic, it’s still tasty! It’s still yummy, it still gets dinner on the table, and it still uses leftovers.
Give it a try!