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Easy Fried Rice

This last week I was home on spring break. It was soooo nice to be home and not have to do homework or go to class or anything for a whole week, I just got to relax.

During the week I went out to Homegoods with my mom and sister. I could spend hours in the kitchen section of that place if I had the time and money, its amazing. I managed to come away with just a few things but my favorite was my new mini wok.

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.comNormally when I buy dishes at home, I like to wait and open them when I get back to school, but I was so excited about this one I couldn’t wait. I needed to get a post together anyways, so I thought what better to make in a wok than fried rice?

I also got to use my brother’s nice camera instead of my tablet to take pictures, so my pictures turned out sooo much nicer than usual. I’m definitely going to have to save up for my own. I also borrowed a few of my mom’s new towels for my pictures, so the cool looking owls and fish are courtesy of her.

Getting back on track some, fried rice is one of my favorite quick lunches to make. As long as there’s leftover rice (which there almost always is in my fridge) and a handful of good veggies, it can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes. Plus it’s super customizable, just make it with whatever veggies you have on hand (I’ll touch on this more below) and your favorite combination of sauces and it can come out different and delicious every time!

I think every food blog should have a basic Easy Fried Rice recipe!

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.com

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.com
Easy Fried Rice
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Servings Prep Time
1 bowl 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 bowl 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.com
Easy Fried Rice
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 bowl 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 bowl 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice preferably leftover
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1-2 tsp oil any kind works, see note
  • veggies see note
  • Sriracha to taste
  • 1-2 tsp soy sauce or tamari
Servings: bowl
Instructions
  1. Cut up the onions and any veggies your using. Heat the oil over medium heat and add the onions and any tough veggies (see note).
  2. After 2-3 minutes the onions will be translucent. Add the garlic and any soft veggies (see note).
  3. Cook another minute or so and add a drizzle of soy sauce and Sriracha, if desired. Stir it in and let everything soak in the flavors for a minute.
  4. Stir in the rice and more soy sauce and Sriracha and let it cook until heated through.
  5. Serve hot with additional soy sauce and Sriracha to taste.
Recipe Notes

On oil - use olive oil or vegetable oil for a neutral taste. When I'm lacking in other good stuff a lot of times I'll use coconut oil to give it extra flavor.

On veggies - almost any kind of vegetable works in fried rice, but when you add them depends on the kind of vegetable. Hard veggies, such as carrot or frozen peppers, gets added with the onion so they cook through good. Softer veggies, like peas or spinach, need to be added later or they'll overcook.

Broccoli is a weird one. I always have frozen broccoli in  my freezer, so I'll microwave it for about 3 minutes with a bit of water while I cut up other stuff and then put it in with the soft veggies. Play with it and decide what you like the best.

You can also add protein if you like, such as chicken or tofu. This takes even longer to cook so I'd put that in first, then the onion and hard veggies and then the soft veggies are garlic.

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Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.comStart by gathering your ingredients. The only absolutely required thing here is the rice. It’s recommended that you use leftover rice that’s been in the fridge at least a day, because the texture of the leftover works better but if you don’t have any fresh works too. In my basic recipe I always use onion, garlic, and soy sauce. You need some kind of oil, and any veggies you want to throw in (see the note at the end of the recipe about those things). I used olive oil and a couple small carrots.

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.comStart by prepping the onion and veggies. Cut up anything that needs cutting, so it’s all small and easily mixable. If you’re using frozen broccoli, now’s the time to throw that in the microwave.

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.comGet the pan nice and hot, along with the oil. I used my nice new mini wok to make mine, but a frying pan works just as well if you don’t have a wok. Once the oil is hot, throw in the onion and any harder veggies. Let that cook until the onion starts to get see-through (about 2-3 minutes) and then add the garlic and any softer veggies.

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.comAfter the garlic and soft veggies have cooked a minute, add a drizzle of soy sauce and Sriracha (if you want). Let it cook another minute so the flavor of the sauces gets cooked into the veggies.

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.com Once the garlic and soft veggies seem cooked (about 2 minutes total) stir in the rice. Add some more soy sauce and Sriracha to soften the rice a bit. I don’t really measure out my soy sauce, but my approximate amount is usually a spiral around the surface of the rice (if you look close it’s faintly visible in the picture above) and then I drizzle Sriracha on top. Not too much though, that stuff can get spicy! Mix it in, give it a taste and add a little more until it tastes good.

Easy Fried Rice - VeggieHacked.comOnce the rice is heated through, dump everything into a bowl and enjoy with extra sauces while it’s still nice an warm!

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