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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ham Fried Rice

I first posted this recipe almost three years ago and re-post it now as a family favorite (and with a much-improved picture). My kids love this dish and I love that I can include so many vegetables in it, without them complaining.  It's also another of those delicious, wonderfully versatile recipes that's great on a small budget because you can use whatever you have. And if that doesn't include meat, it's still yummy.

Ham (or Shrimp) Fried Rice

4 c. cooked brown rice
2 large eggs
1 Tb. sesame oil (or canola, but sesame is best)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. canola oil
1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
2 c. or less diced ham or 3/4 lb. pre-cooked shrimp (I like it diced)
1 c. fresh bean sprouts or other vegetable
1/2 c. frozen peas or other vegetable
1/2 c. green onion, sliced (or other type of onion--which should be cooked with garlic at beginning)
soy sauce, to taste
  • Prepare rice.
  • Beat eggs with sesame (or other) oil and salt and set aside. (Note, I've tried a couple different oils and sesame oil is far and away the best kind to use for this recipe. It's an investment to buy a bottle, but since so little is used each time, the bottle lasts quite a while.)
  • Heat large fry pan or wok over high heat. Add canola oil and garlic (and white onion, if using) and stir-fry 10 seconds.
  • Add ham or shrimp (or other meat) and cook 5 min. or until warmed through.
  • Add rice and stir-fry 5 min.
  • Make a well in center of rice and pour in egg mixture. Cook without stirring for 1 min. Stir eggs into rice mixture.
  • Add bean sprouts, peas, and green onions, and stir-fry 5 minutes.
  • Drizzle soy sauce over top and stir in until tastes like you want. Serve.


Brandi M said...

I'll have to try yours... I made some last week and I wasn't too impressed with it. It seemed rather bland.

Katrina said...

Yeah, I think my best try was with ham, since ham has so much flavor already (though that's not the healthiest meat option, of course). The shrimp was a lot milder, so I probably added more soy sauce to make up for it.


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