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Fried Rice Experiment

Homemade Fried Rice

On Saturday we had Chinese take out with relatives.  The only problem was that the restaurant would not substitute fried rice for white rice for us and the kids don’t like white rice unless it has cinnamon and sugar on it.  So we ended up with a lot of leftover rice.  I’ve often wondered how to make fried rice and have bought some “add water and simmer for 8 minutes” convenience versions, but they are never very good.  Since I figured this rice was likely to go to waste, I decided it was the perfect time to try my hand at homemade fried rice.  Now I wish I had know how easy it was a long time ago.  The kids loved it!  I used the basic recipe below with a few modifications.

Next time (and there WILL be a next time since it was so simple) I’ll probably tweak it a little more until I find the perfect balance.  I added a small handful of baby carrots to saute with the onion and a handful of peas when I added the eggs.  I think next time I’ll add a little bit more of each of those, a little more onion and maybe a few mushrooms.  I might even try it sometime as a main dish and add some diced pork.

If  you have a recipe that’s very different, I’d love to hear it so I can experiment again.


Fried Rice


1/3 C. Chopped Onion

¼  C.  Butter or Margarine

4 C.  Cooked Rice

3 T.  Teriyaki Sauce (I didn’t have any so I skipped this)

2 T.  Minced Fresh Parsley (I used dried)

1 tsp.  Garlic Powder

1/8 tsp.  pepper (just now realized I didn’t add this – oops!)

1  Egg, lightly beaten (I used leftover scrambled eggs from the frig, already cooked)



In a skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender.

Stir in the rice, teriyaki sauce, parsley, garlic powder and pepper.  Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the egg; cook and stir until egg is completely set, about 3 minutes.


Like I mentioned above, we had this as a side dish, but it could easily be a main dish if it was bulked up with a few more veggies and maybe some pork or chicken.

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