Vegetable Fried Rice

Wow!  This dish is already famous and I haven’t even posted it yet.  A little while ago, I posted a picture of my vegetable fried rice and almost immediately people started asking me for the recipe.  Well everyone, the wait is over.  Here it is!

As I have previously discussed, I love Asian food.  I was craving Chinese food the other night, so I decided to take a stab at making fried rice.  Now, I would like to preface this post by saying I have never made fried rice before.  I am somewhat intimidated by Indian and Chinese food.  I keep thinking someone’s grandmother would be insulted by my creation.  But, I decided to try it anyway.

I looked all over the internet for recipes.  I watched videos of men cracking eggs into pans.  I scoured pictures of shimmering bowls full of beautiful combinations.  But in the end, I decided to just make a simple, home-grown version of fried rice.  I know this is bold.  But I didn’t I didn’t stray far from the basic combination of rice, vegetables, and egg.

Just to make the process clear, I took step-by-step photographs.  And I have a couple of tricks of the trade.  Firstly, I noticed that most people advise using leftover rice.  I would agree with this, but only if its sticky, already somewhat moist.  I used brown rice that had gotten nice and sticky while cooking and it worked well.  Secondly, the key to making good fried rice is all in the timing.  I tried to give the approximate times for everything.  However, it is important to note that the times will not help if the food is not evenly chopped.  Plus, this recipe takes very little time to cook, so take care to properly prepare the ingredients ahead of time.

A Delectable Endeavors Original:

1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3 scallions, sliced lengthwise and chopped

2 Tbls of oil

2 1/2 cups cooked rice

2 Tbls of soy sauce

2 tsp garlic salt

Like I said, make sure to prepare all your veggies ahead of time.  See all the nicely chopped vegetables?  They are evenly cut so each piece is approximately the same size.  This way they all cook evenly.

Heat oil in a large pan on medium-high.  Start by cooking the carrots.

Take about 3 minutes to cook the carrots.  Or, until they are slightly darker.  However, make sure they are not fully cooked.  They will be in the pan a bit longer.  Add onions.

Cook onions until they are begin to turn transucelnt.  This should only take a couple of minutes.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Crack an egg into the pan.  Use a spatula to vigorously break up egg into small pieces while it cooks.  Only spend about a minute or two doing this, then add scallions.  Cook scallions in mixture for a minute, then add rice.

Mmmm now its starting to look like fried rice.  Cook this mixture for a minute while breaking up rice and evenly distributing the ingredients.  Then add soy sauce.

You can add this to taste, adding as much as you would like.  I added about 2 Tablespoons.  Mix this in, then add garlic salt.

Mix up this delicious mixture while you salivate.  It is ready to serve!  As you can tell, this is a very basic, simple version.  But, I think it tastes fairly authentic.

Obviously, this makes a LOT of rice.  It would easily feed 4 people plus.  But leftovers are delicious!  You can make some as a side for dinner and save the leftovers for a delicious lunch the next day.  At least thats what I did.  🙂

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