Monday, October 4, 2010

Simple "Fried" Rice

This fried rice is great as a simple side or can be added to in order to make a full meal.  When we have this fried rice as a meal I often add scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, cooked chicken, and additional vegetables.  Really this "recipe" is just a starting point feel free to add whatever you love.  Growing up my Dad was a master at turning leftovers and odds and ends into a wonderful meal - Those meals and his technique for fried rice are where this dish comes from. 

Simple "Fried" Rice

4 to 6 cups of cooked and cooked rice (jasmine, brown, long grain - really any kind is fine)
1 medium onion, chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 to 3 tbs olive oil
1/4 to 1/3 cup soy sauce (La Choy is gluten free)
1/4 to 1/3 sweet chili sauce
1 to 1 1/2 cups frozen peas

In a large skillet heat the oil almost to the smoking point.  You want it to be VERY hot!
Add in the onions and cook until well browned.  The onions should look dark don't be afraid!
Toss in the garlic and the rice.
Continue frying until the rice begins to brown.
Add the soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, and frozen peas.
Continue to cook until the peas are heated through.

Optional Ingredients (Choose as many or as few as you like):
3 scrambled eggs  (Add in fully cooked eggs just before serving)
1/2 to 1 1lb smoked sausage, chopped into 1/2" pieces (Add in with the onions to brown)
1/2 to 1 lb fully cooked chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces (Add in with the peas)
1/2 to 1 lb pressed tofu, chopped into bite sized pieces (Great if marinated - Add in with the onions to brown)
Various vegetables such as bok choy, diced carrots, nappa cabbage, celery, etc really anything you like (Add in according to length of cooking time)


  1. This sounds really good. I will have to try it.

  2. What kind of smoked sausage do you use? I just fond your blog and I am in LOVE! I am a year gluten free and only 1/2 a day dairy free, so I'm having serious withdrwals. You are amazing :)

  3. I use Hillshire Farms Beef Smoked Sausage usually. However, you can use any smoked sausage that is gluten and dairy free!


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