Dead easy fried rice

The past couple of weeks have been sorely lacking in inspiration for me in terms of cooking – I’ve been experimenting with sponge cakes when I can but have yet to get it just right, hence the lack of posts – but now that I’ve left my job (going into postgrad study in 2 weeks, scary!), I’ve (theoretically) got more than enough time to cook.

With some left over rice from last night’s dinner, I decided to make fried rice for lunch. I’ve been making this for years so trust me when I say it is one of THE easiest and quickest meals you could ever make and it actually involves very little cooking. Once you get it to how you like it, there is no excuse to pay for fried rice at the Chinese takeaway shop ever again.

Apart from cooked rice, fried rice can have a variety of other ingredients in it. Today, I kept it simple and used:

  • About 3 cups of left over, day-old cooked rice – most people probably know this already but you must use cooked, left over rice that’s not freshly steamed. Unless, of course, you want gloopy fried rice…
  • 2 eggs
  • Half a brown onion, diced
  • Frozen soy beans or frozen peas
  • Soy sauce
  • Vegetable/sunflower oil – only use as much as you need! I used about 3 teaspoons to oil the pan and then another 3-4 teaspoons just to keep the rice and eggs from sticking.

I didn’t use any meat but you can add in shreds of left over roast chicken, sliced up sausages, prawns or cut up some pieces of tender beef or pork.

Note the above ingredients made enough for about 4 servings.

And here is one of the easiest recipes you will ever see:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan and cook the onions until brown and tender. Move to outer areas of the pan, away from the centre. 
  2. Scramble the eggs in the pan and move to outer areas. Just scramble lightly as they will continue to cook. If you want to add in meat, do this before you crack in the eggs and remember it will continue cooking so don’t overdo it. 
  3. Add in rice and move it around in the pan with the other ingredients until it’s heated through and there are no clumpy bits. Add in a bit of oil if needed.
  4. Add in beans or peas and cook until heated through, continuing to move everything around in the pan.
  5. Season with soy sauce to taste, making sure to mix this in nicely with everything else

If you want to, you can serve this with hot chilli sauce.

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