Friday, January 30, 2015

Simple Fried Rice (Sumo Recipe Incl)

MY NOTE:  I channeled my inner Sumo on this recipe as follows:
Squeeze some Coconut Oil into the pan and add a good bit of minced garlic
Allow to become fragrant
Plop some butter into the pan
Add the eggs and green onions and stir fry until the eggs are done.
Now add a bit more butter to the mix
add the cold white rice
squirt with soy sauce (I used reduced sodium) until it is the color you like
put in frozen peas and carrots
put lid on pan and allow to steam and fragrance of all ingredients to meld and soften and heat up the rice
Stir together well and add more soy sauce as desired to taste.

When it comes to simple side dishes, there's nothing like fried rice. Without meat, it makes for a great appetizer, and with some easy additions it can also make for a great side. We wanted to make our own, and thus began looking for the perfect recipe.

There are a few good secrets to any fried rice recipe. First, the rice should be long grain rice as opposed to short grain and sushi rice. The rice should also be cold and leftover, firming it up slightly. If it's too fresh, the rice will just turn out mushy. The next trick is to keep a very hot skillet or wok. The hotter the better, and make sure it's hot before adding the rice. finally, the last secret is restraint. Don't add too many ingredients, and certainly don't add too much sauce. Just add enough to flavor the rice, but not overpower. Keep reading below for our favorite recipe...

Simple Fried Rice

(makes 6-8 servings)

2 cups cooked rice
2 tablespoons sesame oil (I used coconut oil because I couldn't find Sesame)
1 small white onion chopped (I left out the onion)
1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed.
1 clove garlic, minced  (I added much more garlic than this)
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce (optional)  (I didn't use the Oyster Sauce)
2 eggs lightly beaten
2 tablespoons green onions
(I also used butter)

Heat up a skillet or wok until hot. Add the sesame oil, followed by the onions and carrots. Fry until tender.
Push the peas and carrots to the side, then pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Scramble the eggs, then once cooked mix the eggs with the vegetables.
Add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add the egg mixture, mix, then pour the soy sauce and optionally the oyster sauce on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggies until heated through. Finish by topping with green onions.

Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic

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