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How to Make Fried Rice and Fried Rice Recipes

Updated on September 1, 2016
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Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

Fried rice is of course traditionally an Asian dish but it is now popular and prepared all around the world. The basics of how to make fried rice are not complicated but it is very easy to make a simple mistake that will cause your fried rice to be somewhat less than perfect. It is therefore essential to follow all the correct processes in the correct order if you are to make the perfect fried rice.

How to Make Basic Fried Rice

The first place where people can go wrong in determining how to make fried rice is in not realising that the rice has to be cooked prior to being fried. It is necessary to boil the rice exactly as one would normally in salted water and drain it thoroughly. It should be basmati or long grain rice which is used and the rice must be allowed to cool completely before it is put near the wok.

When the rice is completely cool, the wok should be brought up to a smoking hot heat and corn or peanut oil added. When the oil has heated through, the cooled rice should be added to the wok and stir fried continuously for two to three minutes until the rice is dried and has begun to darken in colour.

Note that as always when stir frying, it is important not to put too much rice in the wok at the one time as the heat will be consequently spread around more matter and reduced overall.

How to Make Egg Fried Rice

Making egg fried rice is not that different from making plain fried rice, it simply requires that a further task be undertaken beforehand. There will be many who think that egg fried rice is made by adding the raw egg to the wok with the rice but this is not necessarily the case.

The first step in making egg fried rice is to make a plain omelette. This can be done in the wok but I prefer to do it in a small frying pan. Simply beat the desired number of eggs together in a bowl and melt a little butter in a non-stick frying-pan. Add the egg mixture and proceed to draw the mixture in from around the edges towards the centre, until the eggs begin to set. Once the eggs are fully set, the omelette can be removed from the pan and put on a plate until required.

The fried rice should then be prepared as normal and just before it is ready, the omelette should be chopped up as roughly or finely as desired and stirred through the rice to reheat.

Stir Fried Pork, Apple and Red Pepper on Fried Rice Recipe

This incredibly simple stir fried pork, apple and red pepper recipe is served on plain fried rice. The rice is prepared as above and then kept warm in a serving dish while the stir fry is subsequently cooked.

Ingredients (Serves 3 to 4)

1lb of diced pork

1 red bell pepper (roughly chopped)

1 Granny Smith apple (cored and chopped)

1 tbsp dark Soy Sauce

1 tbsp corn oil


Bring the wok back up to a high heat then add the corn oil to heat as before. Add the pork and stir fry for a couple of minutes until cooked. Add the onion and the pepper and cook for another minute. Add the apple for not more than thirty seconds to a minute at the outside and the Soy Sauce. Serve atop the fried rice.

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