We all have that leftover rice that sits in our refrigerator for days and never gets put to use. I came up with this delicious fried rice recipe that will solve your leftover rice problem once and for all. Not only is fried rice the perfect way to use up that leftover rice, it tastes amazing and is super easy to make. This rice is perfect on its own, but it is also great with chicken or steak. What I love about this recipe is it is completely customizable. You can add more of any of the ingredients if you desire. Just follow a few simple steps and you will have some delicious fried rice!
Makes about 1-2 servings
1 cup cooked rice
1 tablespoon thinly chopped scallions
1 large carrot, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Beat egg in a small bowl. Drizzle olive oil in a saucepan to coat the bottom. Once heated, add egg and scramble over medium heat. Break the egg into small pieces as it cooks. Note: Cook the egg longer than you would normally cook a plain scrambled egg. You do not want the eggs to be wet. When the eggs are dry and in small pieces, remove from the pan and set aside.
2. Wipe the pan with a paper towel and drizzle in more olive oil. Add the carrots and scallions and cook until the carrots are soft, but not mushy, and the scallions are fragrant. Note: You can adjust the cooking time depending on the texture you are going for. Keep in mind the carrots will continue to cook with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Add rice and mix until the mixture is combined and there are no clumps. Note: If your rice is very cold and has stuck together, you may need to microwave it for about 20 seconds to make the cooking process easier. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar, and mix to combine. Add egg and cook over medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Note: You do not need to add the whole egg if you don’t want as much egg in your rice.
4. Remove from heat, sprinkle sesame seeds to garnish, and serve.