This is one of the meals that I classify as an emergency meal. You need to feed a lot of people (kids in particular) fast, but don’t want to stop and get take out food. This recipe is easy to make and a crowd pleaser for sure, but does require that you have some cooked protein on hand, unless you want to make the vegetarian version, which we do quite a bit too. When adding animal protein, chicken is our #1 choice, but leftover steak, pork or seafood could work too.
The picture above is with cauliflower rice, not basmati rice. This version is somewhat more time consuming because you need to rice the cauliflower, which add a few extra steps. I made this recipe at one of my cooking classes this spring and it was a HUGE hit! We did the vegetarian version and considered it a side dish. You can serve along with any type of grilled protein, especially something with an asian flair!
Fast Fried Rice
Prep Time: 8 – 10 minutes (for basmati rice, add 10 minutes for cauliflower rice)
Cook Time: 8 – 10 minutes
Servings: 5 – 6
2 1/2 cups cooked rice (I used frozen) or cauliflower rice (1 medium – large head, riced in the food processor)
- 2 sweet peppers, diced
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 bunch scallions, diced or 1 cup diced onion
- 1 1/2 – 2 lbs. cooked chicken or other protein you have on hand, diced (optional)
- 6 eggs, scrambled
- 2/3 – 3/4 cup coconut aminos
- 3 – 4 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 – 2 tsp. fish sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional add ins – Snap peas, water chestnuts, broccoli, mushrooms
- Warm sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat.
- Add veggies to quickly sauté.
- In a separate small frying pan, scramble the eggs and set aside.
- Add the basmati rice and combine well. (DO NOT ADD cauliflower rice yet if you are doing that version)
- Add the chicken or other protein and the eggs and combine.
- Add all the liquids, salt and pepper, then if you are making the cauliflower version, add it now.
- Combine well and reduce temperature to low.
- Make sure the seasoning works for your crew, if not add a little more of what is missing.