Cooking is one of the most relaxing activities out there. Although, it can get boring to cook the same thing every day. With this, I have a specialty recipe that can be easily experimented with. Today I’ll be teaching you how to make fried rice. Fried rice is a seemingly complex dish but it is quite simple when you get the hang of it. With the right ingredients, friend rice can still be a nutrious and healthy option. In addition, you don’t need to limit yourself to one form of fried rice. Plus, it makes a great dish to meal prep as it is filling, healthy and delicious. With that, let’s get started.
Now before you begin cooking you’ll obviously need to cook the rice. Its best to do this the day before to get the best consistency and texture. I personally prefer jasmine rice and although it is still nutritious, it isn’t the healthiest option. To get the most nutrition out of the meal, I recommend brown rice. I also recommend cooking 2 cups worth of rice as it will allow you to cook the most rice and give you the most with meal prepping.
Once you actually begin prepping the fried rice, you need…
- 1 pan
- 2 Tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce
- 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- Butter (tablespoon of olive oil for healthy option)
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of Olive oil
- Protein of choice
Healthy Ingredients to add
- Green onions
To make the actual sauce for the rice, mix every sauce and the sesame oil together. If needed, add more soy or teriyaki depending on the taste. If too salty add teriyaki, if not salty enough add soy.
Next thing you’ll need to make is the eggs. Take all 4 eggs and beat them in a separate bowl. Heat up the pan to a high heat and put the butter in to melt (or olive oil for healthy option). Once the butter is melted, place your beaten eggs into the pan. Scramble them, but not to where they are cooked all the way. Once done, place them in a separate bowl for later.
Next is where the protein of choice and experimentation come in. Now my personal go-to is chicken, but that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself. You can make fried rice with either chicken, steak, or shrimp. They all can be seasoned the same way but with chicken and steak just cut them into thin and small pieces. Either way, cooking for each is roughly the same. In that same pan, put a tablespoon or two of olive oil, and then your select protein. For those choosing to add vegetables, throw in your veggies with more olive oil. Once the protein is cooked on the outside fully, season with salt and pepper and then you add your rice.
Stir about 3 scoops of rice in the same pan and mix it well with your protein(and veggies if added). Once mixed, add the sauce mixture around the rice. Stir the sauce mixture until there is little to no white rice left. If needed, feel free to add more teriyaki and soy sauce. Once the rice and sauce have mixed, re-introduce the egg. Continue stirring for about another 5 minutes and then it’s done. You have a great fried rice dish ready to eat. Serve as much as you want on your plate and enjoy!
The rest that’s on the pan you can store away for another time. The beauty of fried rice is that it’s also a great meal prepping dish. Hopefully this recipe walkthrough helped you learn how to make this amazing dish, healthy, or the traditional way.
Story by Anthony Rodriguez, Creative media for Campus Live
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