Fried rice… the name of it often makes me think that it’s BAD food and that I need to stay away from it! And in most cases, it’s probably true, especially the ones from restaurants. But when my husband made an amazing fried rice recipe at midnight (that’s right, midnight) to take to work the next day, I was totally amazed! I could smell the fried rice from my bedroom upstairs; and I had to get up and come downstairs to try a bite… Well, let’s say that one bite turned to many more bites… It was delicious!
So the next day, I tried to create the same fried rice. And it turned out just as great! I was so excited. My kids love it, too. And this is somewhat healthier; meaning less oil, less calories than the fried rice that you get at restaurants.
I used beef and some broccoli coleslaw mix, too. But you can definitely use any veggies you like in it. I cut beef (I used the same kind of beef that you use for carne asada) thinly. Don’t cut it in small cubes. I find the meat a bit tough when I cut it in cubes. Instead, try cutting it thinly, about 1/2-1 inch wide.
I also used short grain rice, not the long grain kind. I find it even better with sticky rice. And the key ingredient in this recipe is “miso paste”. It adds a unique and nice miso flavor. It seasons the rice well and you don’t need to use so much soy sauce.
- 1½ tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 cup beef (thinly sliced) *you can use chicken, pork, ham, or seafood*
- your favorite veggies, chopped *I used about a cup of broccoli coleslaw mix; you can use carrots, onions, mushrooms, etc*
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3-4 cups cooked rice *I used short grain*
- ½ cup miso soup, warm
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine
- (optional) 2 tablespoons butter
- salt to taste
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- Heat sesame oil in large pan. When the oil is heated, add the beef and the veggies. Season with garlic salt and black pepper. When the beef is browned, add the rice and stir well. Add the miso soup to the rice, stirring. Finally, add the soy sauce, rice wine, and butter, stirring. Season with salt to taste. Sprinkle with green onions on top.
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