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Extra Special Fried Rice

Fried Rice servedThis Chinese cafe inspired Fried Rice was a dinnertime favourite when my kids were growing up.

Learning to make successful fried rice was not so simple, however, it turned out to be one of my first cooking achievements without using a recipe.

Covered electric frypans were THE kitchen appliance must have when I was a newlywed, and I remember trying to make fried rice in my brand new pan, but ending up with pan of inedible glug.  Lesson well learnt. It’s important that the rice is left to dry out in the fridge for 24 hours before you attempt to fry it.

1 onion, diced

1/3 red capsicum, diced

1/2 carrot, diced

1 stick celery, diced

6 small mushrooms, diced

3 rashers bacon, diced

4 cups (24 hour old) cold cooked rice

3cm fresh root ginger, grated

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh peas

1/2 cup corn kernels

6 snow peas, sliced

100g cocktail shrimps

2 spring onions sliced

2 eggs lightly beaten

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons tamari approx

Heat your wok or large frypan, and cook the egg as a thin omelette, remove when cooked and set aside. Cut the omelette into thin strips.

Pour the remaining oil into the pan then add the onion, capsicum, carrot, celery, mushrooms and bacon. Stir fry the vegetables for a couple of minutes then add the rice, ginger and garlic. Continue to stir fry the rice for a couple of minutes then add the tamari and sesame oil. Toss to combine then toss through the shredded omelette, shrimp, spring onions and snow peas. Taste the rice for seasoning and add a little more tamari if necessary. Serve immediately.


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

3 comments on “Extra Special Fried Rice

  1. Leo Cotnoir
    June 11, 2013

    Thank you for following my blog, Diner chez Leo. That, however, is a placeholder I set up ahead of a change in my real blog which is Dinner at Leo’s ( I would be honored to have you follow that one.


  2. Fried rice is a great favorite in my home too,


  3. marymtf
    November 30, 2012

    That’s a great tip about keeping rice in the fridge for 24 hours. It seems to me that even when you were a young bride you could cook. I once attempted fried rice by placing uncooked rice into a casserole dish, grating some veggies and dotting with butter, then placing in the oven. The smell was simply putrid and don’t even ask about the result.


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This entry was posted on November 25, 2012 by in FODMAP diet, Food, Gluten Free, Light Savoury Dishes, Main Meals, Rice dishes and tagged , , .
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