Every family has those few meals that are the go-to’s, the crowd pleasers, and are perfect for busy nights… Well this is mine! My simple and delicious fried rice is always a guaranteed hit with my husband and any company we might have. Its perfect either all on its own or served with other Asian style meals. Don’t even get me started on leftovers because I swear this is always better on day two!
You will only need a few cheap ingredients, some of which you will probably already have on hand, so this is perfect for families looking to cut back on the grocery budget.
- rice (2 cups uncooked)
- eggs (2-3)
- frozen veggies (2 cups)
- green onions
- yellow onion (1/4 minced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- bacon or any other type of meat (entire package)
- soy sauce
- spices of choice (I use garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper)
In our home we love jasmine rice! It pairs well with whatever dish you are making and is so fragrant! When making fried rice its best to use day old rice that has had a chance to stiffen a little in the fridge but you can make it fresh and it will still taste delicious. If you have leftover rice from another meal this a perfect option to make a meal out of it!
First thing is first, if you don’t have any cooked rice on hand, put some to boil or into the rice maker. Doing this first will give you time to prep the rest of the ingredients and ensures you will be eating within a half hour!
Once that is done you can go ahead and prep your bacon. In our home since I try to avoid eating as much red meat as possible we use turkey bacon, but regular bacon or other types of meat such as pork work just as well!
You can fry the bacon as normal but I find it is much easier to pre cut it into smaller pieces and then go ahead and fry in the pan. This way you can do it all at once. Just set the temperature at medium heat and stir frequently so it doesn’t burn.
Once you have started the bacon go ahead and prep your frozen and fresh vegetables. We buy the frozen vegetables that can be steamed in the microwave, which cuts down on my cooking time and the amount of dishes I have to wash! Once the microwave is going I start on my fresh veggies.
I mince up about a 1/4 of a yellow onion, and then mince up 2 cloves of garlic. In another pan I let these cook with a little olive oil till the onions become translucent. While that is cooking I dice up the green onion. You can add the green onion directly to the finished fried rice and stir it all up together or just use as a garnish. I love green onions so I do both.
Once my veggies are prepped its time it add it all together. In a big wok, or a very large fry pan if you don’t have a wok, add the rice to the fried bacon and then add the minced onion and garlic. Stir together well and then add your steamed vegetables. Once this is done add seasoning and soy sauce to taste. I wish I could give you the exact amount I use but I just eye ball it every time.
Once you all have it stirred together with a spoon or ladle create a large hole in the middle of the pan, pushing the rice to the side. This is where you will add your eggs so they can cook.
** I totally forgot to take a picture of this step but I’m sure yall get the idea!
Once you have the eggs cracked and in the middle of the rice scramble with a fork and let cook, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn or stick to the pan. When the eggs are fluffy and cooked all the way through you can go ahead and mix the rice all together so the eggs get distributed all throughout.
And viola!!! Delicious and simple fried rice!