When I was in 8th grade Social Studies, our teacher taught us how to make different ethnic recipes. One of our favorite recipes was Asian fried rice. Here are quick, easy fried rice recipes, including vegetarian, chicken and pork fried rice.
First, let’s discuss some rice making tips. It isn’t necessary to buy Minute Rice, as regular rice cooks relatively quickly and it more tender. White rice has often been polished or bleached, so consider natural brown rice or organic rice. Our family prefers Basmati or Jasmine rice over regular rice. Jasmine rice has a fragrant, delicious flavor, similar to popcorn. Also, whatever type of rice you choose, don’t overcook it. Overcooked rice becomes sticky. I don’t use a rice cooker (steamer), but those that do use a rice steamer really love it.
Vegetarian Fried Rice:
2 cups cooked rice
vegetable broth to cook rice
three-four eggs, beaten
one half cup olive oil, sesame oil or peanut oil
two tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Amino or soy sauce
several green onions chopped or one small onion or one half leek, finely chopped
two ribs celery, thinly sliced (or one teaspoon celery seed)
one tablespoon minced shallots or garlic or one clove garlic, chopped
thinly chopped nappa cabbage, celery cabbage, boy choy or green head cabbage
one pound frozen peas and carrots (or fresh diced carrots and shelled peas)
optional: substitute shelled edamame or wasabi peas (very spicy) for cooked peas
one teaspoon dried chopped chives
Steam rice and vegetables together is vegetable broth. Saute onion and celery in oil until tender. Pour rice and vegetables into sizzling oil. Add beaten eggs and stir fry until eggs are cooked. Toss with soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Amino. Season with coarse ground pepper. Serve topped with fresh alfalfa, clover, radish or onion sprouts.
Vegan Fried Rice: omit cooked eggs and add chopped miso or tofu to rice and vegetable mixture. Optional: add fresh zucchini, summer squash, baby corn, water chestnuts or bean sprouts to fried rice. This dish is perfect for people with cholesterol problems or egg albumen allergies.
Shrimp fried rice: Saute one pound deveined, shelled cooked shrimp with rice and egg mixture.
Chicken fried rice:
Cook rice and vegetables in chicken broth. Add one 12 ounce can cooked chicken or one finely chopped cooked chicken breast to rice and vegetable mixture.
Pork Fried Rice:
Cut grilled pork or ham into cubes. Substitute shaved or sliced pork or ham lunchmeat for cubed pork or ham, if desired.
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