Fried rice is a super easy frugal dish to use up leftovers.
My family loves it and it only takes minutes.
The base is onion, carrot, and peas.
I like to use radishes too.
Leftover meat chopped finely and any other veggies are great.
Saute onions and carrots and add the meat to warm it up.
Crumble in the cold dry rice.
If I don’t have leftover rice, popping it in the freezer gets it cool and dry quickly.
Add sauces and Chinese Five Spice. Also extra garlic and ginger is great.
The rice steams and the whole house smells delicious.
Toss the frozen peas in and top with sesame oil.
My kids don’t really like the scrambled eggs on top and we were out of green onions this time.
- 4 T butter or oil for frying
- 3 cups cold dry rice
- 1/2 cup chopped cooked meat
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup peeled chopped carrot
- 1/4 cup chopped radish or daikon
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1-2 T Chinese Five Spice Powder
- 4 T soy sauce
- 3-4 T dry sherry
- 1-2 T Mirin
- 1 T sesame oil at the end
- 1-2 scrambled eggs for topping
- 2-3 chopped green onions for topping
Melt butter or heat up oil in large frying pan or wok.
Add chopped onion, carrots, radish and saute until onion is translucent. Add chopped meat.
Crumble cold rice on top. Add soy, sherry, and mirin to steam the rice. Sprinkle with 5 Spice. Mix well.
Add scrambled egg if using. Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle chopped green.