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.
Leftovers to use:
- 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!
Be careful as you make this that you don’t over-stir the rice. Stirring the rice releases the starches, which will make the rice more gummy. So only stir as lightly and as little as needed.
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!