How to Make Fried Rice with Egg

Egg fried rice, a cornerstone of Asian cuisine, isn’t just about leftovers. It’s a symphony of textures and flavors, achieved through simple techniques. This guide empowers you to create this restaurant-quality dish at home, complete with tips and tricks!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil (peanut, vegetable, canola)
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Cooked, cold, long-grain white rice (leftover is perfect!)
  • 1/2 cup Mixed vegetables (chopped carrots, peas, beans – optional)
  • 1/2 cup Diced scallions (green onions) – separated whites and greens
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil (optional)

Equipment:

  • Wok or large skillet
  • Spatula
  • Bowl

The Secret Weapon: Cold, Cooked Rice

Unlike mushy rice, cold, cooked rice is essential for perfect texture. It separates easily, preventing clumps and achieving that signature fluffy texture. Leftover rice works wonders! If you’re cooking fresh rice specifically for fried rice, spread it out on a baking sheet to cool completely before using.

The Art of Wok Hei

Wok hei, literally “breath of the wok,” is the smoky, caramelized essence that sets restaurant-style fried rice apart. While a home stove might not replicate a blazing hot wok burner, achieving a similar effect is possible.

  • Heat your wok or skillet over high heat for at least a minute. You want it screaming hot!
  • Use a high smoke point oil to prevent burning. Peanut oil is a classic choice, but vegetable or canola work too.

The Egg: The Hero of the Dish

  1. In a bowl, whisk your eggs with a pinch of salt. Don’t overmix – a few streaks of yellow are okay.
  2. Once your wok is hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Swirl to coat the bottom.
  3. Pour in the beaten eggs and let them cook undisturbed for a few seconds.
  4. Gently nudge the cooked edges towards the center with your spatula, allowing the runny egg to fill the gaps.
  5. Once mostly set but still slightly wet, use your spatula to break the eggs into fluffy curds. Don’t overcook!
  6. Transfer the cooked eggs to a plate.

Bringing it All Together

  1. Add another tablespoon of oil to your hot wok.
  2. Saute the white parts of your scallions and garlic for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  3. If using, add your mixed vegetables and cook for an additional minute, until slightly softened.
  4. Push the ingredients to the side of the wok, creating a well in the center.
  5. Pour in your cold, cooked rice and spread it out evenly.
  6. Let the rice sit undisturbed for a few seconds to get a nice sear. This creates those flavorful, crispy bits.
  7. Now comes the fun part – the tossing! Using your spatula, break up any clumps of rice and toss everything together with the vegetables and aromatics.
  8. Drizzle in the soy sauce, stirring constantly to distribute it evenly. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.
  9. Give it a final toss and add your cooked eggs back into the wok.
  10. Gently fold everything together until heated through.
  11. Turn off the heat and stir in the sesame oil (optional) and chopped green scallion tops.

Tips and Variations

  • Protein Power: Add cooked chicken, shrimp, tofu, or any leftover protein you like for extra oomph.
  • Spice it Up: Elevate your fried rice with a pinch of red pepper flakes or your favorite chili sauce.
  • The Fried Egg Twist: Feeling fancy? Keep the yolk runny in your scrambled eggs for a delightful contrast in texture.
  • Veg-centric Delight: Swap meat for a vegetarian twist with a wider variety of chopped vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli florets, or water chestnuts.
  • The Leftover Extravaganza: Egg fried rice is a great way to use leftover cooked vegetables, meats, or even cooked rice from a different cuisine like basmati.

Fried Rice: A Culinary Adventure Awaits!

With a little practice, you’ll be whipping up restaurant-quality egg fried rice in no time. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and seasonings to personalize your dish. So grab your wok, fire up the heat, and embark on this delicious culinary journey!

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