If my memory serves me, I never had fried rice growing up. Yet now it makes an almost weekly appearance in our meal plans. What’s the draw? The fact that it’s easy, inexpensive, and incredibly versatile. And supremely satisfying.
Do you see a pattern with my blog posts? Notice that I like recipes that are simple and delicious and cheap? Of course, I make yeast breads and thousand leaves tortes and hand-squeezed limeade sometimes, too. But all of those are more time-consuming and you must plan ahead for each.
When you need real comfort food you usually need it fast. Perhaps that’s why many people turn to packaged ready-to-eats to satisfy that craving. It’s convenient. Well guess what? Fried rice is almost as easy and likely much healthier. Make a bowl and dig in. It’s your new comfort food!
Fried rice is made up of four components: rice, protein, vegetables, and flavourings. The items in each category can be supplied by your imagination. Here’s a fish version to give you an idea:
Fish Fried Rice
(for two, with leftovers for lunch)
1. Cook your rice in a rice cooker or in a pot over the stove. Notice that you’re using slightly less water than the normal 1:2 rice to water ratio.
2. While the rice cooks, saute the fish in olive oil until cooked through; add vegetables.
3. When the rice is finished, add to fish pan. Add seasonings to taste. Crack in eggs. Let them begin to cook slightly, then stir mixture well until the eggs are fully cooked. Serve with additional seasonings as desired.
Meat: pork chops, de-boned chicken, ground beef, sausage
Vegetables: bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant
Flavourings: coconut milk, curry powder/paste, cumin, chili powder, fish sauce, sriracha
If you plan ahead, you can assemble your seasonings and marinate the meat for a few hours in the refrigerator.
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