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Hot Breakfast: Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Updated on September 23, 2014

Easy Fried Rice Recipes

When my girls were little, I would often fix fried rice for breakfast - it was fast, easy and contained good things to start their day off right.

Sometimes I would fix the rice with shrimp or chicken, sometimes just with a little bacon. But always the girls loved it and eat it down quickly. We still fix fried rice for breakfast now that there is just the two of us again.

One of the main tricks of this dish is to use cold, cooked rice. So cook your rice the day before or 2-3 days before. Place in the frig and wait for the chance to cook this simple, wonderful dish,

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Shrimp Fried Rice or Chicken Fried Rice?

Sauteed Veggies and Chicken
Sauteed Veggies and Chicken

The first thing you cook are your vegetables and meat. Heat your wok with cooking oil. I like to use coconut oil. It tolerates high heat that is best for cooking fried rice and it is healthy for you.

You can use a wide selection vegetables and left over meats like chicken, beef or pork. There is nothing wrong with using shrimp or bacon if you want to start from fresh. But for breakfast, I like to use chicken or bacon.

Take your veggies and cut them up into small pieces. I like to use peppers, green peas, carrots, onion (green or sweet), corn and anything that you must like to add.

One of the great things about this easy fried rice recipe is that you can make as much or little as you want. Sometimes, I make a huge batch and freeze a part for a later meal. Either way, this is easy and fast to make. And your family will love it!

Homemade Fried Rice

Do You Fix Fried Rice?

You need a Wok!

Gas or electric - your stove needs a wok!

Whenever you are cooking fried rice, you will find that a wok is the best pan for the job. I brough one back from Japan, but broke down and got a new one this past winter (the first one listed) and I love it! No more rusty old pan and sticking to the sides of the pan.

No fooling, I love my new wok - works great!

Frying the Rice

You need to have rice that was cooked at least the day before and has been in the refrigerator overnight. I have cooked fried rice with rice that was hot and fresh and it will work, but your fried rice is so much better if you start with cold rice. So when you fix rice for dinner, be sure to cook a goodly amount of extra rice for fried rice.

At this point you have started your vegetables and with your wok hot, add more oil and heat.. Add all your rice ( the dish will be about 1/3 to 1/2 more in volume than your rice, so judge how much you want to make,) to the hot oil. Stir the pan so that the rice does not stick, add more oil if necessarily. Cook untill the rice is hot. Look for steam coming up off the rice and you can see some color change.

Now it is time to add your eggs.

Best Coconut Oil

This is the best type of oil for cooking that I have found. I found it due to an article on Alzheimer's that I was reading. It has some surprising benefits.

I highly recommend you switch to using Coconut Oil!

Adding the Eggs

Once your rice is hot, make a well in the middle of the rice and pour in 2 to 3 eggs that are well mixed.

With the rice being hot, the eggs will cook quickly. Stir until the eggs are cooked and can be found in small pieces throughout the rice.

Quick Fried Rice

Now add your meat and veggies back into the egg-rice mixture and stir. Add your soy sauce, a little at a time.

You can taste your rice as you add until you have the right flavor or go by color. After you have made this a few times, you will go by color - you will know when it is just right.

Remember, you can add nearly any vegetable you want (don't forget things like water chestnuts or peanuts!) and use left over meat. This is a great quick hot meal that you can use for breakfast or dinner - your choice.

Note: If you are using this for breakfast, you might use a few more eggs in the mix than you use for dinner time.

Kikoman Soy Sauce - there is no other!

Whenever you are cooking Asian food, you need soy sauce - and Kikoman's is the best, in my opinion.

Soy sauce is fermented soy which puts in in the class of the good soy.

It is available in different sizes. I buy the gallon size and refill a smaller bottle to use at the stove or table. Saves a lot of money that way. (Especially with free shipping from our old friend, Amazon)

Serve it up

This meal can go from the ingredient stage to the plate in less than 10 minutes - every fast, very easy and very good!

We use this meal for any meal - breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Now eat and enjoy!


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