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Fried Rice

Exceptional and easy to make! This recipe is worth a look even if you've made fried rice in the past. You can make this in less than 15 minutes depending on your tastes and if you already have some leftover white rice in the fridge!
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Before we get started, let’s go over a few variations that you can experiment with depending on your menu and skill level in the kitchen.

Any kind of white or brown rice will do. Your rice MUST be precooked and chilled. Freshly cooked rice will clump together and will not get that traditional crispy texture that you find in Chinese takeout. If you don't have leftover rice, don't panic. You can cook some fresh rice, run it under cold water in a colander until it stops steaming and then put it in the fridge for at least a half an hour until it's completely chilled.

YOUR SECRET WEAPON IS BUTTER! Using butter instead of oil will help your rice achieve that brown crispy color and texture. We know that it's a strange thing that an Olive Oil Store is advising against using Olive Oil to fry rice but it's simply better this way.

We love to use fresh vegetables when we can and we have the time to prep them but, frozen vegetables work really well if your in a hurry. When using frozen vegetables, you can skip the part of the recipe where sautéing them is addressed. You can add them when you add the eggs back in. Be sure to cook them as per the manufacturers directions.

You can find interesting premixed frozen vegetables in the local supermarket.

Traditionally, you would use Carrots, Onions, Peas and Scallions but there are no rules, so mix it up!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to homemade fried rice variations, so feel free to get creative and use up other leftover ingredients you may happen to have on hand. That said, here are some classic add-ins:

  • Chicken Fried Rice: You can either sauté some chicken in a separate sauté pan while making your fried rice. Then shred or dice and add to your fried rice.
  • Pork Fried Rice: Sauté a boneless pork chop in a separate sauté pan while making your fried rice. Then dice and add to your rice.
  • Beef Fried Rice: Sauté steak or brown ground beef in a separate sauté pan while making your fried rice. Then crumble or dice and add to your rice.
  • Shrimp Fried Rice: Sauté half a pound of peeled, raw shrimp in separate sauté pan while making your fried rice. Then add the shrimp to your rice.
  • Vegetable Fried Rice: Any stir-fry friendly veggies would be great in fried rice! Just sauté at the same time that you cook the onions, carrots, peas and garlic. Then stir to combine with the fried rice.
  • Pineapple Fried Rice: Fresh pineapple can be traditional in Chinese or Thai fried rice. Just chop and stir it in to combine.

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s get started.

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