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Healthy and Delicious Chinese Fried Rice

July 26, 2011

Have you ever had really good Chinese fried rice? I’m not just talking about rice that’s been cooked in oil. I’m talking about robust flavorful fried rice. Don’t worry if you haven’t because I’m going to share with you my fried rice recipe. And despite the word “fried” in the title, it’s actually quite healthy. (Maybe I should call it sauteed rice to eliminate the stigma.)

I’ll give you the basic recipe and then we’ll talk about variations for your taste.

But before I dive in, let me talk about rice for a few sentences. I’m a brown rice convert. Meaning once I switched to brown rice, I rarely use white rice. For this recipe, I use Trader Joe’s organic brown rice packages. They are in the freezer section and you cook one package for 3 minutes in the microwave. If you’re making this for more than two people, I’d suggest using two packages. If you’re not a brown rice fan, or only have white rice in the pantry, then use that. You’ll just need to cook the rice according to the directions.

Chinese Fried Rice

2 cups rice, cooked (see note above)

2 Tbsp. oil (peanut or vegetable oil)

2 tsp. minced garlic

2 tsp. minced ginger (I use pre-crushed jarred ginger — so much easier!)

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (more if you want it spicy)

1/2 tsp. sesame oil (dark)

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 egg

2 scallions, chopped

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Heat the oil in a wok or large saute pan. Turn the heat down and add the garlic and ginger, stirring quickly so they do not burn. Once the spices are browned, add the cooked rice and toss to coat. Add to the rice mixture: red pepper flakes, sesame oil and soy sauce. Stir together. If I have any Chinese 5-Spice seasoning, I would use it here (I don’t have any, but maybe you do).

At this point, make a hole in the middle of the rice and crack an egg into the hole. As the egg heats, scramble it together; and once it’s cooked, combine with the rice.  Turn off the heat, and add the scallions and sesame seeds. At this point, I will taste the rice to see if it needs more soy sauce, salt or pepper. I never add salt until after I’ve tasted because soy sauce can be quite salty.

Now a word on variations. If you like hot and spicy, add hot chili sauce or or more red pepper flakes. If you want meat, add some diced chicken, bacon or shrimp. And you can always make this more into a meal with additional veggies like mushrooms and zucchini. But play around with the seasonings. If you find some Hoison sauce in the fridge, throw a little of that in to see how it tastes. The basic rice will look something like this.

I made this rice most recently with Moo Shoo Burgers (recipe from Amy at Flip Flop Follies). She gives you the full recipe. I omitted the wrapping and radishes. And you can substitute ground turkey for ground pork.

So tame that Chinese food craving in your own kitchen this week. Easy and healthy fried rice (and moo shoo burgers) could be yours tonight!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 2:34 am

    This sounds delicious! I make a similar rice and add a lot of stir-fried veggies, too, but your seasonings sound much more fragrant and tasty than the few I usually use. I’ll definitely be trying this!

  2. July 27, 2011 6:41 am

    ooooooh, that rice looks deee-lish! i don’t usually order fried rice out because, like you said, it’s oily and there is NO flavor. will definitely try this! what did you think about the burgers? you really do need to try them with the tortillas and radishes, though. i am not a fan of radishes, but they do add something and the tortilla thing is weird, but it really all tastes so fabulous! i am going to make them again this weekend! happy wednesday!

  3. July 27, 2011 7:48 am

    Sounds delicious. You just might inspire me to cook after all.

  4. July 27, 2011 9:17 am

    Leah – guess what I am making for dinner tonight? I am a brown rice convert as well, but the monkeys (Caitlin and Max) glare at me when I cook it. So we are a house divided.

  5. July 27, 2011 1:21 pm

    Sounds delicious, I’m all over this one!

  6. July 27, 2011 2:49 pm

    Looks wonderful Leah! I’ll be trying this one!

  7. July 27, 2011 5:55 pm

    YUM! I love good fried rice! This one looked particularly delicious!

  8. July 27, 2011 7:25 pm

    This looks really delicious and not much more difficult to make than Rice-a-Roni 🙂 That’s what I usually do. Ha!

  9. July 28, 2011 6:27 am

    Wow. This really sounds good and it seems like something even I would be able to cook. Thanks for a great recipe! I don’t use white rice anymore either. It’s all brown or some blend of wild rices.
    ~FringeGirl

  10. July 31, 2011 10:00 am

    Awesome! I love finding new recipes that have been tested by mothers. I’m totally on this one! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my latest blog post. Your words meant a lot to me.

  11. July 31, 2011 9:44 pm

    I never had a chance to come back. This was a big hit at my house (white rice, of course). Thanks for sharing.

  12. August 1, 2011 4:41 am

    YUMMM! That fried rice looks delicious! Fried rice is definitely my fave food! Thanks for sharing! I’m new to blogging here and I just love how supportive and creative everyone is! If you have time, could you please check out my blog? http://shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com/ If you have any, I would love some advice 🙂

  13. August 4, 2011 8:31 am

    Guess I’ll need to pick up that brown rice, too, while I’m at TJ’s. Another great recipe. In fact, I love your blog so much, I’m adding you to my blog roll. Hope that’s okay with you.

    • August 4, 2011 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much! Would be honored to be on your Blogroll. I’m re-organizing mine and will add you as well.

  14. August 11, 2011 10:14 am

    LOVE fried rice! Pinning this for later… Just wish we had a TJ’s nearby!

    • August 14, 2011 8:42 pm

      Thanks! You know, I think you can probably get all the ingredients at a grocery store too. Brown rice is pretty common these days.

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