Fried rice is possibly one of the easiest dishes to come out of Chinese cuisine. It takes very little time to make and is packed with protein, so it definitely works to fill you up! Our version of fried rice works well when you need to whip up a quick weeknight meal for your friends and family. [You can also make it ahead of time and freeze it!]
Fried rice with mushrooms and shrimp. Photo courtesy of SOS Norway.
- 4 cups long-grain rice [jasmine rice is particularly delicious, but brown and white rice work just as well!]
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oil [peanut or canola]
- 8 cups boiling water
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 shallot, minced
- ½ lb mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cups broccoli, cleaned and chopped
- 1 bok choy, cleaned and chopped
- oil for frying
- ½ lb peeled, deveined, cooked shrimp
- salt, pepper to taste
Mix the rice with the powdered sugar, 1 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan. Turn on to medium-high heat and cook until rice is just lightly browned. Pour the boiling water into the frying pan and cover, allowing the rice to simmer until the water has evaporated and the rice is tender.
Meanwhile, sauté the onions, shallots, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, and bok choy in oil until tender and translucent. Add the cooked veggies and shrimp to the rice and cook for an additional five minutes.
Note: the shrimp can be substituted with chicken, sausage, beef or pork. [Makes 4 servings]