I am looking for good fried rice tips and recipes. I have tried a few times but I always end up with a gooey mess of rice.
You must start with COLD rice. Usually you make fried rice with leftover rice! Make your rice the day before and store in fridge. Be sure to run a fork through the freshly cooked rice before storing it in the fridge. Have every thing you wish to put in the fried rice chopped before you start. Usually you stir fry the meats/veggies first, then add the rice at the end. If you put egg in yours, scramble in a separate pan and add after you put the rice in. Add your soy sauce last.
I agree with Becky..
Before I cook the rice I add real butter (my uncle used lard) to keep it from sticking, AND don't cook it for a long time. it sounds like you may be using too much water in your rice. quick cooking rice isn't always the easiest to stir-fry. I use medium grain rice. I heard that you shouldn't use salt in the water while cooking as it keeps the grains from cooking all the way through. (07/12/2005)
To make a great Mexican rice: Fry rice and minced onions in oil. Add dash of mustard and then add tomato sauce,
water or chicken broth and a tablespoon or two of salsa and cook it covered.
Use tomato and broth and measure those both to equal liquid you need one cup rice to two cups liquid (07/12/2005)
I found that I MUST use cold, cooked rice for fried rice. If you forget to make the rice the day before, just dump the hot rice in a colander or sieve and run cold water on it and let it drain WELL, maybe while you are cutting up your veggies. For an oriental rice, I scramble a couple of eggs, and set aside and add at the last. Here's my favorite recipe:
Always have everything you need ready beforehand because this goes really fast!
In a wok or large iron skillet: Heat to very hot and add a couple of tablespoons of peanut oil (vegetable or olive is OK but peanut tastes best)
Then add 1 cup of chopped onion and stir a minute, at least 1 tablespoon garlic and stir, 1/2 or more celery, chopped and stir a minute, a bit of green pepper, chopped and stir, three to four cups COLD cooked rice, 1/4 cup soy sauce and mix it all, constantly until well coated and the rice is heated through. Then add scrambled egg. You may also add bean sprouts and water chestnuts or any cooked meat. Add 1 cup chopped green onion and stir for another minute and serve.
Right now, our favorite things to go with this is fried chicken livers and a peanut sauce made of:
Heat in microwave until boiling, stir in a couple of tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. YUMMY! This is easily doubled and stores well in the fridge.
My favorite tip is precooking your eggs before putting them in at the last minute. The other posters stated that they scramble them and put them in later - I have a recipe that has you beat the raw eggs, and pour them into a very large frying pan so they spread really thin. When cooked, you slide them out of the pan, roll them up, and slice really strips of eggs, almost spaghetti like. Once the rest of your recipe is done, you mix these lightly into the finished product. Its easier than trying to cook the raw egg over the rice, and it gives it a nice touch. (07/13/2005)
This is a recipe a Japanese lady gave my mother when we were living in Japan. So it is Japanese Fried Rice.
Start the rice to cook. Break up and cook the ground beef in a large frying pan or wok and add soy sauce to taste while frying. (if you have a cast iron frying pan for this it tastes better). While the ground beef is cooking, chop the onion(s) and celery. When the ground beef is thoroughly cooked and broken up take it out of the pan and put it aside.
Add a little vegetable oil if necessary to the pan and add the chopped onions. Let the onions cook until clear. Add the chopped celery and cabbage and cook to your preference. I like the celery crunchy others like it cooked more. Add more soy sauce to the onions and celery now if you want. When you are satisfied with the celery, add the ground beef back in and season with some salt and pepper if desired.
Mix the vegetables and ground beef in the pan until the beef is warmed. By now the rice should be cooked. In a large bowl put approximately 1/3 of the rice and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture and mix this. Repeat with thirds until all the ingredients are mixed.
Can be used either as the entre or as a side dish. Experiment with any other type vegetables you like or leave out any type you don't like (with my family it is cabbage, YUCK!) and add with the celery. This is best when vegetables, other than the onions, are still crunchy
Stir fry onions with 1 Tbsp. oil over low heat till brown for 8-10 min.* Remove from pan
Mix the egg, 3 drops of soya sauce and the sesame oil. Add 1/2 tbs. oil to the pan and pour in the egg mixture, swirl in the pan so it covers the bottom and sides. Cook till the egg is puffy, turn and cook the other side briefly. Remove and chop fine
Heat 1 Tbsp.. oil, add chicken, carrots, peas, and cooked onion. Stir fry 2 minutes. Add rice, green onion, mix and stir fry 3 minutes. Add soya sauce and chopped egg mixture.
*It's important for the taste to cook these onions long and slow. When they are done, you'll see and smell why.
I'm of Asian descent and have seen/made fried rice since I was a little kid. As long as you have soy sauce, you can make fried rice with any vegetables you want. Cut them up small and saute them til they're cooked but still a bit crisp. As for the rice, I use the recipe below:
Bring water and salt to boil in 2 qt. sauce pan. Stir in rice. Return to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Cover; cook without lifting lid to prevent steam from escaping until rice is done (15-20 minutes -- check toward end of cooking time). Rice should be studded with steam holes when done. Let stand, covered, 5-10 minutes and fluff with fork.
There are other posters who swear by using cold rice. I use hot or cold, depending on what day I want to make fried rice. If you want to add eggs to your fried rice, I always cook them (thin omlet style) first and then cut them into little pieces. Add them to the fried rice mixture after the veggies are cooked.
So, basically. Cook the rice. Saute the veggies (carrots, peas, onion, garlic, etc) in a frying pan with a tiny bit of oil. Add rice. Add soy sauce and seasonings (garlic powder, sesame seed). Add egg, if desired. Mix all together over low heat and until soy sauce turns rice brown. Voila! Fried rice.
Another thing I do. If you have little packets of soy sauce or sweet and sour sauce from take out restaurants, use those.
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