This is a recipe that I go to in a pinch, when I haven’t been shopping yet and need to work with what I have on hand. And being pregnant, this happens more often than not! Anyway, this is the easiest recipe for a simple fried rice.
1 cup of white rice
1 cup of frozen vegetables (corns, carrots, peas, etc)
2 tbsp of butter, or olive oil or your preferred oil, separated
1 to 2 tbsp soy sauce
I start my pot of rice. Add two cups of water with one cup rice to a small pot with a tight lid. Bring to boil. Once boiling, set to low and cover with the lid. While the rice is cooking, put 1 tbsp oil or butter in a skillet (or a wok, if you have one but it’s not necessary) on medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the frozen vegetables. Cook the vegetables until thoroughly thawed and warm, about 10 minutes. Use your cooking spoon or spatula to push all of the vegetables to one side of the skillet. On the now empty side, add you other tbsp of butter or oil. While it’s melting, crack your egg into a small bowl and whisk it as you would for a scrambled egg. Once your oil/butter is hot and ready, pour your egg in and start scrambling. As the egg begins to cook, gradually mix it with the vegetables. Stir and mix the egg and veggies until it’s well mixed. By now your rice should be done. White rice takes about twenty minutes to cook. You know it’s done when you remove the lid and most of water is absorbed and the rice looks like someone’s poked it all around with a pencil. Take your rice and pour it over into the skillet with the rice and eggs. Mix it all together well. Stir in soy sauce, to your taste preference. I’ve never measured it, I just eye-ball it. If I had to estimate, I’d say between 1 and 2 tablespoons. The soy sauce is what give the fried rice it’s flavor and color. It doesn’t take much to do either. Soy sauce is salty, so use it wisely. My husband is a vegetarian, so I typically don’t add any meat to mine but you could easily add any leftover cooked shredded chicken or cooked shrimp, stirring it into the rice until it’s heated through. Sometimes I’ll add onions or tomatoes or other leftover veggies that might be in the fridge. It makes a great side to any asian inspired main course or it serves as a great one dish meal. I hope y’all enjoy this super easy meal. Let me know in the comments how yours turns out!