Egg-fried rice is the ultimate last-minute dinner. You can throw it together with leftover or cooked rice and a handful of basic ingredients. It can be as indulgent or healthy as you like, depending on what ingredients you add, and it’s a recipe both kids and adults enjoy. Any budget-savvy cook should add this recipe to their repertoire. You can bulk up your rice with a whole range of tasty titbits – feel free to raid the fridge and experiment.
But first, check out our guide on how to reheat leftovers safely for information on how to cook with leftover rice.
What you need for the basic recipe
- Cooked rice, or microwaveable rice pouch
- A wok
- Sunflower oil
Fry your chosen additions such as veg or prawn in a wok, or pan, until cooked. Then, add your rice and warm through. Push the rice to one side of the wok and pour in the egg. Once the egg hits the bottom, it will begin to cook. When it’s set, you can chop and scramble with a spatula then mix with your rice. Alternatively, you can make your eggs into an omelette in a separate pan, then chop and fold through your rice.
This oriental egg-fried rice recipe uses cooked American long-grain rice, Chinese five-spice, veggies and chopped bacon for a satisfying midweek meal. If you’re using leftover rice, try this prawn and ginger version for a speedy family supper.
Veggie egg-fried rice
Special fried rice with prawns and chorizo
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