Oct 21, 2014

Vegetable Fried Rice

When you live in rice-growing country, you're bound to have a lot of leftover rice hanging out in the fridge.

One of my favorite things to do with leftover rice: fried rice.

I'm no fried rice expert.  What I do isn't authentic.
I use frozen mixed vegetables after all.

Vegetable Fried Rice | Ms. enPlace

But I am certain that the best kind of rice to use for fried rice is the leftover kind.
Save those little bits of leftovers in the freezer until they pile up and fall on your toes when you open the door.

Vegetable Fried Rice | Ms. enPlace

Vegetable Fried Rice is good for making big batches to take to work for lunches.  It's also good for meatless night.

Sometimes I make Vegetable Fried Rice along with Crab Rangoon for an Asian night.
(Doubly insulting to Asian food purists, I'm sure.)

My version is pretty easy since it uses frozen mixed vegetables and leftover rice.

My "secret ingredient" is fish sauce.  It is so powerfully, horribly stinky.  But it adds something you can't put your finger on.  (Your nose, yes.  But not your finger.)  However if you don't have it or can't find it, it isn't the end of the world.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

4-5 cups cooked rice (leftover, cold rice is best)
3 eggs
1 Tbsp butter
3 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (mix of corn, carrots, green beans, peas)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Whisk together the eggs, green onion, and garlic in a bowl.  Heat the butter in a large skillet until foamy.  Scramble the egg mixture, breaking the egg up into small pieces.  Remove from skillet.

Add the vegetable oil to the skillet set on medium high heat.  When oil is hot, add the rice and "fry" for about 10 minutes.  Make sure to stir the rice to coat with oil.

Stir in the soy sauce, fish sauce, vegetables, and red pepper flakes.  Cook until vegetables are heated through.

 More with leftover rice...
Dirty Rice | Ms. enPlace
Shrimp Creole Calas | Ms. enPlace
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Feeding Big The 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
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Two Little Cavaliers Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
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Weekend Bites


  1. Your fried rice looks delicious, Michelle. Your tip to freeze the leftover rice is a game changer. I can't wait to try that. I am also excited about trying fish sauce in your fried rice recipe. I know it is going to be great. I love that smelly stuff.

  2. Saving the rice in the freezer? Why did we not think of THAT? The fish sauce is a great idea too! BTW have you tried Shio Koji yet? It might just blow your mind:-)

  3. love all things asian will definitely try pinned it thanks for sharing visiting from freedom fridays

  4. freezing rice has been such a big help to me!

  5. Hi Michelle! Another delicious recipe:) I love fried rice and make it often using left over rice.......have never thought to freeze rice!!! Duh? (hit myself in the head:) Lynn

  6. I have to agree---leftover rice is the best for fried rice! that's what my mom always did. I love fried rice and haven't made it in a while. Your's looks delicious!

  7. Michelle, I too make fried rice with left over rice. Love it, is is great one pot meal by itself, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  8. Hello gorgeous! What an amazing recipe. Oh Yum! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  9. Your Vegetable Fried Rice looks scrumptious, Michelle! I love that you have used the fish sauce in it, it would really add a fantastic depth of flavour. Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinning and sharing :-)

  10. I love this... its a great quick side dish or main meal if you add a protein. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites.

  11. Hi Michelle,
    We just love fried rice and your recipe looks delicious, I can't wait to try it. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your great post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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