Japanese Fried Rice

Japanese Fried Rice Recipe

Japanese fried rice is as easy to prepare as it is economical and is a great way to use left-overs. Short grain rice is more authenic but any rice can be used. For a healthy, low G.I. variation try using brown rice.

Tips for making perfect Japanese fried rice

  • Use Japanese soy sauce. It is sweeter than other varieties and has a unique taste.
  • Start with cold rice so the egg does not cook prematurely and become lumpy.
  • Use less oil by microwaving the mixed egg and rice before adding to the pan.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2 T oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 C cooked rice
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 C vegetables (e.g. bean sprouts, snow peas, spring onions, scallions, corn etc.)
  • 1/2 C chicken, pork, fish, prawns, crab meat (cooked or raw, optional)
  • 1 red chilli & garlic to taste (optional)
  • Beat the eggs together.
  • Mix the rice with the eggs so every grain is coated with egg.
  • Chop the onion, vegetables.
  • Chop or shred the meat or fish.
  • Deseed and slice the chilli.
  • Peel and thinly slice the garlic.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or non-stick pan.
  • Fry the onion until translucent.
  • Add the chilli and garlic & stir fry 1 minute.
  • If using meat, add and fry until almost cooked.
  • Add the chopped vegetables. Stir gently until cooked.
  • Add the mixed rice and egg. Stir gently until warmed through and the egg is cooked.
  • If using fish or seafood, add and cook until it it changes color. This way it will not be over-cooked.
  • Add the soy sauce and gently stir through .
  • Serve and enjoy.
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