The best fried rice is the kind that you make with all the leftovers in your fridge. Got a handful of vegetables? Toss it in! Need to use up some meat from last night’s meal? Add that too! Day-old rice is the best for fried rice because it’s a little bit dry.
I made this rice with Portuguese sausage, roasted broccoli, and some delicious homemade kimchi that my sister-in-law Seisha made. The recipe below leaves a lot of freedom for you to add whatever you like into your fried rice. Season it, taste, and season a bit more. Trust your tastebuds.
This can be a stand-alone meal, or can work as a sidekick to something else.
Kimchi Fried Rice
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Prep time: 10 minutes
Yield: about 6-8 servings
- Vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup diced onions
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 large eggs
- 4-5 cups cooked rice
- 1 1/2 cups cooked vegetables (such as carrots, peas, or broccoli), chopped
- 2 cups cooked meat (such as sausage or Spam), chopped
- 1 cup kimchi, chopped
- Soy sauce to taste
- Sesame oil to taste
- Oyster or hoisin sauce to taste
- Salt & pepper
Heat about 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium high heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook about 1-2 minutes until onions are translucent.
Move onions and garlic to the outer edge of the pan, making a large clear area in the center of the pan. Crack eggs into the pan, stirring to scramble. Once eggs are scrambled, add rice, vegetables, meat, and kimchi. Stir to combine.
Cook until everything is heated through. Remove from heat. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster or hoisin sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.