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Fried Rice with Arugula and Ground Beef

Updated on October 9, 2014
fried rice
fried rice

I find myself cooking at home more and more often these days. I like knowing what goes into my food and because I work at home, it saves me a lot of time compared to going out to get a bite to eat. So it's no surprise that my repertoire of quick-and-easy meals has been growing. Most days, I want to be in and out of the kitchen in less than 30 minutes or less.

In most Asian countries, a meal without rice is not considered a meal and although I don't necessarily fall into that group, I do like to have a stash of cooked rice in tupperware containers in my freezer. This makes it easy to whip up meals in minutes. It's especially easy if you freeze your rice in individual one-cup portions. That way you'll always have a serving of rice on hand.

Fried rice is one of the quickest meals that you can literally create in minutes. As I looked around my kitchen, I found a bunch of arugula that I needed to use up. Although arugula isn't a common ingredient used in fried rice, I figured why not try it. With a few other non-traditional ingredients thrown in, this dish tasted new and fresh. A squeeze of lemon was the perfect finish to this fried rice dish.

This dish took me around 15 minutes to make from start to end. I only needed a handful of ingredients, making this one of the quickest dish I've ever made in my life.


  • Have your arugula chopped before starting.

  • If you're using frozen cooked rice, zap it in the microwave until piping hot before use.
  • Experiment with your favorite ingredients

Stir-Fry (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library)
Stir-Fry (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library)

I always find cookbooks by Williams-Sonoma to be of very high quality and this book is no exception. I love that they include stir-fried dishes that are non-Asian, which shows you that stir-frying is not only for Asian food.

Beautiful photos of each dish will help you envision what the finished product will look like.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2


  • 1/2 cup arugula chopped
  • 1/2 cup ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lemon wedges


  1. If you're using frozen rice, zap in the microwave until defrosted and warm.
  2. Add a teaspoon of cooking oil to a frying pan and saute the ground beef until no longer pink.
  3. Add chopped arugula and cook for a minute.
  4. Add cooked rice to the mixture and stir-fry for a minute.
  5. Make a well in the center of the rice mixture.
  6. Add egg into the well and scramble until half cooked.
  7. Mix the egg into the rice mixture until combined. Cook for 30 seconds more.
  8. Add soy sauce and pepper. Mix to combine.
  9. Add salt to taste if needed.
  10. Serve with lemon wedge if desired.
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    • DChance LM profile image

      Dawn 4 years ago

      Love making rice dishes.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I have never tried this, but the picture makes it look really good.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      You dishes always look perfect. Such a flare you have! Love fried rice, so will be trying this one for sure. Thanks for sharing Smine!

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      georgepmoola2 4 years ago

      A very scrummy looking dish. Nice lens.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      your recipes always look and sound fabulous - I love arugula :)

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 4 years ago

      I've never tried arugula in fried rice before. I'm going to have to give it a go.

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love stir fried dishes. I'll have to try your recipe soon. Sounds wonderful and I do love arugula.