Growing up in Hawaii, it was very typical to eat rice with just about every meal. For breakfast we may have fried smoked sausage, scrambled eggs, and rice, or an omelet with rice. There was even spam musubi, which is a block of rice topped with a slice of fried spam, and wrapped with seaweed (like sushi!) Spam is really big in Hawaii. I know that probably sounds a bit gross and very unhealthy to you.. Just do me a favor, next time you find yourself in Hawaii, try it and let me know what you think! It’s a must-try local food!
Anyway, back to the recipe. Some mornings, my dad would cook up a big batch of fried rice with bacon or any leftover meat we had in the fridge. He never followed recipes, he just cooked by taste. Even thought it would be different each time, it always tasted amazing! It’s truly a comfort food for me. It reminds me of my childhood:) Do you have any dishes that bring back childhood memories?
Making fried rice is a lot like making a salad. You just need the basic ingredients and then can customize it by adding whatever else you have on hand.
This is my basic fried rice. I usually don’t measure (I cook a lot by taste) so some of the ingredients have a range where you can adjust it according to your preference. You can add extra veggies or a protein too, whether it be tofu, chicken, or shrimp. One of my favorites is Bacon Fried Rice. I included the recipe below!
I begin by sautéing the onions and garlic in some butter to bring out their flavor. You can use butter/ghee, refined coconut oil, or any oil of your choice. I say refined because it doesn’t have the coconut flavor, plus it can withstand a higher temperature than extra virgin coconut oil. However, if you just love that coconut flavor, feel free to use extra virgin coconut oil.
After the onions and garlic have softened, mix in the rice and break up any large clumps. Add peas and thoroughly combine with the rice and onions.
Push the rice off to one side of the pan and add the beaten eggs to the open skillet. Stir the eggs and cook until fluffy. Mix the egg in with the rice mixture.
Pour in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and season with pepper. Add salt only if needed. Soy sauce tends to have lots of sodium.
Top with a fried egg, chopped green onion, and serve. You can also drizzle a little sriracha sauce on top, if you like it spicy! Enjoy, friends!
Try this fried rice variation with bacon! It’s a complete breakfast in one pan!