I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.
Fried rice is an easy-to-cook dish that is typically made with leftovers. There are countless variations of this dish, from traditional recipes to homemade creations. Fried rice is a popular street food in most Asian countries.
Today, I found four leftovers inside my refrigerator. They were steamed rice, sauteed corn kernels, carrots, and frozen cooked mushrooms (the carrots and mushrooms were left over from a previous meal). So I came up with the idea of making fried rice using these leftovers—plus a few pieces of my favorite breakfast meats. And now I'd like to share my affordable and delicious recipe for fried rice with leftovers. Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups steamed rice
- 1/8 cup cooked mushroom, cubed
- 3 tablespoons sauteed corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons carrots, cubed
- 1 hot dog, cubed
- 1 piece ham, cubed
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Oil, for cooking
- 1 large bowl
- 5 small bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Flipper spatula
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- Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Stir-fry the hot dog and ham.
- Add the carrots and mushrooms. Cook for about 2 minutes.
- Mix in the corn kernels and rice.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Continue cooking until the rice is heated through.
Tips and Techniques
For Leftover Rice:
- Use leftover or a day-old fluffy rice. Leftover rice is easier to handle.
- Break up clumps of rice using your hands. This helps the rice cook evenly.
For Freshly Cooked Rice:
- Rinse the rice to remove some of its starch. This prevents the rice from becoming overly clumpy.
- Spread cooked rice in a pan or a baking sheet to let the moisture comes out.
- Allow the cooked rice to rest for at least 1 hour before using it for fried rice.
For Extra Flavor and Texture:
- Add your favorite seasoning mix to give an extra flavor to your fried rice.
- Toss in some scrambled egg to make it like Yangchow fried rice.
- Sprinkle chopped scallions on top for additional aroma, taste, and texture.
- Spice up this dish by adding chili oil.
For Corn Kernels:
- Try my recipe for sauteed corn kernels.
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