Fried Rice Restaurant Style Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Rice: 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice (Day-old, chilled rice works BEST)
  • Oil: 2 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable, canola, peanut)
  • Aromatics: 1 medium yellow onion (diced), 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Vegetables: 1 cup frozen peas & carrots mix (or your favorite fresh stir-fry veggies)
  • Eggs: 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Protein (Optional): 1/2 cup cooked, diced protein of your choice (shrimp, chicken, pork, tofu, etc.)

Sauces:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce (optional, but adds great depth)

Equipment:

  • Large wok or skillet
  • Spatula

Instructions:

Prep is Key:

  • Cook & Chill the Rice: The day before is ideal; if not, cook and spread on a baking sheet to cool fast. Cold rice is essential to prevent mushiness.
  • Make Egg “Scramble”: Beat eggs lightly with a pinch of salt.
  • Chop It Up: Dice onions, mince garlic, and prepare your chosen protein and vegetables.

Stir-Fry Time:

  • Heat the Wok: Warm your wok/skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Aromatics: Sauté onion until softened (about 2 minutes). Add garlic, cook 30 seconds more.
  • Push It Aside: Push onions/garlic to the side. Add another tablespoon of oil to the empty space.
  • Eggs: Pour in beaten eggs. Scramble, then mix with the aromatics.
  • Protein: Add your protein (if using), and cook until heated through.

Fried Rice Spectacular:

  • Veggies: Stir in your peas, carrots (or other vegetables), and cook briefly until heated.
  • The Main Event (Rice): Add the chilled rice, breaking up clumps with your spatula.
  • Sauce & Toss: Drizzle in soy sauce, sesame oil, and oyster sauce (if using). Stir-fry for 2-3 more minutes until the rice is heated through and grains are separate.

Serve it Up!

  • Taste and adjust seasonings with extra soy sauce or sesame oil, if needed.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion (optional) and enjoy immediately!

Tips:

  • Customize It: Add-ins are limitless: bean sprouts, chopped broccoli florets, mushrooms, etc.
  • For extra flavor: A teaspoon of grated fresh ginger with your garlic is delicious.
  • Heat Control: Work with high heat for the best texture.
  • Wok Substitute: A large skillet works perfectly, just make sure it’s big enough.

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