Have you ever wondered how Chinese restaurants achieve that crisp and perfectly browned fried rice? Or how much oil goes into the pan to get the rice to that salty, umami perfection? I’ve tried so many methods to concoct the dish: I used to douse my rice with soy sauce and drown it in oil, scramble an egg and call it good. I’ve messed around with cold leftover rice, prodding the grains apart in the hope they’ll develop into distinctness, rather than the sodden mess I usually ended up with.
I’ve learned this isn’t necessary — and in fact, all the above techniques are counterproductive. Try this no-fail recipe for the rice you’ve been trying to recreate, the rice you don’t have to call take-out for.
Perfect Fried Rice Recipe
4 T sesame oil
4 cups pre-cooked jasmine rice
Note: leftover rice is fine, but warm in microwave before proceeding
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth, more if needed
1 cup frozen peas
salt to taste
Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add eggs, stirring continuously with a wooden chopstick for about 10 seconds, scraping eggs away from sides of skillet.
Add warm rice, patting it down to form a flat layer. Cook for 30 seconds, then toss rice and egg mixture, breaking up clumps. Continue to smooth rice and then toss for about 3 minutes, or until rice separates into individual grains and eggs are scrambled.
Add scallions and incorporate into rice. Sprinkle sugar over rice evenly. Continue cooking and tossing until scallions are tender, about 2 minutes.
Pour broth into skillet and sprinkle with frozen peas. Continue cooking and stirring rice until broth is absorbed and browned, crusty texture forms on bottom of pan, about 6-8 minutes. Salt to taste.
Serve alone or with protein of your choice. Pass soy sauce to season according to taste.
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