Fried rice is one of those recipes that took me quite some time to get just right. It seems like a dish that should be so straightforward, and yet my husband and I suffered through a number of not-so-hot batches over the years. From downright mushy to just not enough bulk, it certainly wasn’t pretty (or tasty).
After a lot of research, along with plenty of trial and error, I’ve found that there are a few things that really help deliver the best fried rice.
Cold rice // I know it’s tempting to just cook up some rice and use immediately, but that results in a mushy texture in the final dish. So be sure to cook the rice in advance and give it time to chill. I love to make the rice on the weekends when I have time, so it’s ready to go during the week. You could also use leftover rice if you have that on hand.
Frying the rice // After the veggies are cooked, the cold rice is added to the skillet and cooked until hot and “fried.” It’s important to let it cook for the full three to four minutes, stirring and tossing frequently, as this allows the rice to develop that toasted and fried flavor.
This version of fried rice uses both baby bella mushrooms and broccoli. But you could certainly switch up those veggies if desired. I also like to serve my rice with some garnishes, like lime wedges, extra chopped or crushed peanuts and sliced cucumber. But again, you can customize this to your taste.
One final piece of advice – start with less soy sauce and then taste and add more to your liking. How much you end up adding will also depend on whether your peanuts are salted or unsalted. Just remember, you can always stir in extra sauce but can’t take it out!Print this recipe
Recipe time does not include time to cook and chill the rice. Be sure to plan ahead.
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