Pork Fried Rice
Favorite Fried Rice

Restaurant fried rice is usually loaded with unhealthy oil.  By using leftover rice and the correct amount of healthy Unflavored Olive Oil, your fried rice will taste better and be healthier.  Plus, you get to use up your leftovers!  I love this dish with char siu pork, but any protein or even no protein will work.

2 eggs

3 green onions, separated into white and green parts, divided

Freshly ground black pepper

About 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, divided

Cooking spray

1 clove garlic, grated

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

2-3 tablespoons Unflavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup cooked edamame*

1 medium carrot, shredded

2 cups cooked char siu pork, small shrimp or other protein

4 cups leftover rice (jasmine, white or brown)*

1 1/2 tablespoons Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar

 

This dish cooks quickly; have everything ready before your begin cooking.  In a small bowl, combine the eggs, half of the white parts of the green onions, the pepper and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce. 

 

Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium and then spray with cooking spray.  Pour in the egg mixture and let cook without scrambling.  You can swirl the egg to get it cooked evenly.  Then dump out on a cutting board and chop when cool enough to handle.  Set aside.

 

Place the skillet back on the heat and add the olive oil.  Add the ginger and garlic and saute 15-30 seconds until fragrant.  Add the edamame, carrots and pork; saute until glossy and well-heated, about 1 1/2 minutes.  Add the rice, vinegar, and soy sauce to taste, and toss everything.  Thoroughly heat the mixture and then let the rice sit for 2-3 minutes so some of the rice crisps up on the bottom.  Stir it and repeat for another minute or so.  Add the green onions and serve.

* Be sure your rice is dry.  That's why leftover rice is so good in this dish.  Our Delta Blues jasmine and brown rice are wonderful in this dish.

* Use any vegetables you wish such as celery, red bell pepper, or water chestnuts.  

* If you haven't tried the frozen individual packets of edamame, they're an excellent quick snack and great in dishes like this.

* Char siu pork is great in fried rice or egg rolls.  You can buy char siu sauce, but it's easy to make:  Combine 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, 4 tablespoons ketchup, 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon soy sauce.  Cut well-trimmed pork butt or other pork into 4x2x2 inch pieces.  Place on a rack on top of a foil lined baking sheet.  Roast, turning a time or two in a 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes.  Cool.  I keep this in my freezer for last minute fried rice or to elevate scrambled eggs.