Easy Fried Rice with crispy bacon, fluffy eggs and a nice kick of garlic. Better than take out and so easy to make!
Why go out when you can have the best fried rice right at home, fresh and steaming hot right that tastes just like Chinese fried rice. Perfect for when you have leftover rice OR make it quick from scratch! Use a skillet or a wok!
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Possibly the most ordered meal or side on the menu at any take out restaurant, Fried Rice is loved by people all around the world. Adding crispy bacon to it makes it so good, you won’t want to order in after trying it out!
Most recipes stick to just soy sauce as a flavour base, but through the years of making it, I have found the BEST flavour combination to be made of just four extra ingredients:
- Oyster sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Sesame oil
- Butter — YES!
HOW TO MAKE FRIED RICE
There’s no need to feel intimidated making fried rice. It’s so easy, even I can do it! With a few simple tips and ingredients, you’ll be cooking it up in your kitchen like a pro!
Fry your bacon first to get it all nice and crispy.
Scramble your eggs in the same pan. You can choose to scramble them right in the leftover bacon grease or wipe the pan over first with paper towel before adding in your eggs.
Throw the eggs on the same plate your bacon is on and proceed to make your fried rice stress free for the next 5 minutes.
INGREDIENTS FOR FRIED RICE
You are a handful of ingredients from making the best rice!
- Bacon (you can also use ham if you have any leftovers)
- Peanut oil (optional — brings out a delicious authentic Asian flavour and is great for frying at high-heat)
- Veggies: onion, carrots and peas — you can also add in diced red peppers/capsicum and corn.
- Garlic — there is a good kick in this recipe which sets it apart. Omit if you don’t like garlic.
WHICH RICE IS BEST?
Day old long grain or Jasmine rice (white or brown) is ideal, BUT you don’t need to have pre-cooked rice in your refrigerator waiting to be turned into fried rice. You can cook rice as you normally would: usually 4 cups water to 2 cups dry rice over stove top OR use a rice cooker following manufacturers instructions.
Spread rice out evenly on one or two large baking sheets, pans or trays, cover loosely with paper towel and refrigerate for 30 minutes. For an even faster option, throw it in the freezer for about 15 minutes until chilled (not frozen)!
WHY CAN’T WE USE FRESH COOKED RICE?
Fresh rice does not fry well and instead turns into mushy, sticky rice. Not what you want when serving it for dinner.
What to serve with fried rice?
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Fried Rice with crispy bacon and fluffy eggs is better than take out and so easy to make! Why go out when you can have the best fried rice right at home! Just like Chinese take out fried rice. Perfect for when you have leftover rice OR make it quick from scratch with a few tricks!
- 4 ounces (125 g) bacon, diced
- 4 large eggs whisked
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided (or olive oil)
- 2 medium carrots diced
- 1 onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup frozen peas thawed
- 4 cups cooked and chilled rice (white or brown rice)
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
- Sliced green onions for garnish if desired
Fry bacon in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate with paper towel. Set aside.
Wipe pan over with a paper towel and heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add the eggs and scramble until fully cooked. Transfer to the plate with bacon and keep warm.
Heat remaining oil in the pan. Add carrots and onion to the pan and cook until tender, (about 3-4 minutes). Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
Add in the cold rice and peas and cook for 3-4 minutes until the rice begins to soften.
Add the eggs back into the pan. Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, butter, sesame oil and hoisin sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes to melt butter and heat the sauce through the rice.
Garnish with green onions and serve.
Originally published March 26, 2018. Post updated with video.
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