I love making fried rice. I know the word “fried” always conjures up negative thoughts of greasy take-out but, when made at home, fried rice can actually be very healthy. I consider it perfect family food because besides being healthy, it’s quick and a one-pan/one-bowl meal—making clean-up a breeze! Depending on what you put into it, it can be a meal in and of itself and tastes even better the next day.
Fried rice is a great way utilize any leftover rice, veggies, meat or shrimp you have on-hand. Feel free to riff off of this recipe and add whatever ingredients you like. Get the kids involved, they will love choosing the ingredients and making their own customized fried rice recipe. My son just loves when we make take-out food at home and it gives us an excuse to break out our chopsticks and Chinese soup spoons. Make it fun and get creative. The possibilities are endless. Some of our favorite mix-ins are sauteed mushrooms, baby corn, diced chicken and even firm tofu. Enjoy!
10 Minute Veggie And Ginger Fried Rice
Makes 4 servings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
3 scallions, finely chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup frozen peas and carrots ( or any veggie you prefer, diced small)
3-4 cups leftover short grain brown rice (long grain or white rice is fine too. if using fresh rice, make sure rice is cool before adding to pan)
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add garlic, scallions and ginger and cook for 15 seconds before adding in beaten eggs.
Break up the eggs with a rubber spatula and cook until just set. Remove eggs from the pan and set aside. Wipe out the pan and place back on the heat.
Increase the heat to medium-high. Add remaining tablespoon of oil and the vegetables and cook for 1 minute before adding in rice.
Cook rice for approximately 5 minutes then add in soy sauce. Add scrambled eggs to the rice and give it one last stir. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with extra chopped scallions before serving. Enjoy!