Crispy Fried Rice Way Better than Take Out
If you lean on leftovers to rescue dinner, we've got your savior in the form of 9 fried rice recipes.
Making a meal out of leftovers doesn't get much easier than homemade fried rice. With leftover rice and whatever else you have on hand, these 9 recipes guide you through to an easy dinner that can be on the table in just a few minutes.
Very Veggie Fried Rice
By the title of the recipe, you know this a healthy recipe, but what it doesn't tell you is that it goes beyond vegetables to make it healthy. This calls for brown rice instead of white rice. But you can use whatever kind of rice you have. To give it flavor, this recipe calls for both sesame oil and soy sauce, but to make it a dish of convenience, it incorporates both fresh and frozen vegetables. The best part? It can be on the table in 20 minutes.
15 Minute Cauliflower Fried Rice
If you've never tried making fried “rice” with cauliflower, rather than the typical grain version, Pinch of Yum shows you how you can make an extremely healthy and low carb alternative to this classic side dish. Making "rice" out of cauliflower with a food processor is easy — it's just a matter of sticking florets in the bowl and hitting "pulse." But most grocery stores have started carrying pre-riced cauliflower to make this dish extra easy. And as this blogger says, it's worth the weirdo factor.
Teriyaki Fried Rice
This recipe is for those who really like to get their hands dirty in the kitchen. Iowa Girl Eats makes her own teriyaki sauce — but you don't have to; store-bought is just fine. She also strays from conventional recipes by using brown rice prepared with chicken broth to give it extra flavor. Stir-fried with shrimp and vegetables, it can be served as a side dish or a one-dish meal.
Easy Chicken Fried Rice
This is a great fried rice recipe for beginners — and the method is pretty close to what they do at a Chinese restaurant. Day-old rice, cooked chicken, frozen peas, beaten eggs, and various sauces all come together in under a half-hour.
Spam Fried Rice
If you're Spam-curious, this is a gentle introduction to the often-maligned tinned meat. It's a Hawaiian and Filipino favorite and this blogger grew up on this Spam Fried Rice recipe — it's from Damn Delicious, so you know it's good.
Pineapple Fried Rice
This recipe is for those who have a hard time deciding between sweet and savory but want a taste of the tropics. This is a pescetarian version, but if you want it to be vegetarian, you can leave out the fish sauce (though this blogger advises against it) or you can use a vegan fish sauce. Cashews add a little bit of protein and a lot of texture to the mix.
Spicy Chicken Fried Rice
This easy fried rice recipe is made with an extra kick, thanks to the addition of sriracha, but she really turns this recipe upside down with one ingredient. First, she heats the frying pan over high heat and instead of canola oil or vegetable oil she throws in a pat of butter before adding the cooked rice and vegetables to the pan. It's unconventional, but adds savory richness to the finished dish.
Easy Better-Than-Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice
This is an equally simple dish to put together using shrimp as the protein. However, this blogger has one trick she uses to make it easy when she doesn't have cold rice to use up: She uses cooked and ready-to-serve long-grain rice. Other than that, the only thing to remember is to cook the shrimp separately from the rice.
Bacon and Asparagus Fried Couscous
For a delicious spin on classic fried rice, try this version made with couscous. Couscous is pan-fried in bacon fat then tossed with asparagus, giving you a one-pot meal you can’t resist. Simply top with sliced green onions, and enjoy.
Hungry for more?
There are so many more crispy fried rice recipes out there, we had to throw in a few more as a bonus for you to explore!