Fried rice is one of my oldest’s favorite dinners yet somehow it’s been ages since I made it. It’s a great way to use up bits of vegetables and meat, in this case some leftover steak and a handful of raw asparagus.
It works best with leftover rice but in a pinch I’ve made it with freshly cooked rice. I’ve read that freezing rice works great for this since you don’t need to plan ahead–just pull out the frozen rice and let come to room temperature. In this case I did plan ahead, making extra rice a few nights ago.
You don’t really need a recipe for fried rice but it helps to have some proportions guidance. I like the rough recipe in How to Cook Without a Book by Pam Anderson. You can use raw or cooked meat, raw or cooked veg. Although the carrots were raw, I added them first as they take a bit longer to cook.
Fried Rice with Steak, Asparagus, Carrots and Onion
- 1 onion, halved lengthwise, then each half cut in 6 wedges
- 4-6 ounces leftover steak or other meat, cooked and cut in bite sized pieces
- 4-6 ounces vegetables, cut in bite sized pieces
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 eggs, beaten together
- 4 Tablespoons soy sauce, divided
- 4 Tablespoons oil, divided
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 4 green onions, chopped
- Set a heavy-bottomed pan over low heat while you prep everything.
- Marinate the meat in 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce while you prep the vegetables.
- Increase the heat to medium high. (Turn on your exhaust fan!)
- Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to the pan and then the onion wedges, stir-frying until the onion starts to turn color but is still crisp, about 1-2 minutes. If you’re using raw meat or vegetables, add them first, stir-frying a minute or so before adding the cooked meat or vegetables. Cook another minute. Add the garlic and stir in, cooking just briefly, then remove everything to a plate.
- Add the remaining 3 Tablespoons of oil to the pan. When it’s hot, add the rice, stirring to break up any clumps. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring the whole time. Add the beaten egg, pouring it around on top of the rice, not just dumping it all in one place. Stir another minute as the egg cooks. Add the cooked meat and vegetables plus the 3 Tablespoons soy sauce and green onions. Stir to combine and then serve.