During the week families need meals that are fast, cheap and easy.
If I make rice I ALWAYS make additional and set some aside just for this recipe. My family loves this fried rice and I do too because it is practically a meal-in-itself. Add sautéed shrimp or grilled chicken to the dish, and there you have it…. dinner. Using day old rice is not only to speed the preparation process, it’s important because fresh cooked rice can continue steaming itself to mush during the stir fry process. Still good, but even better if the rice sits in the fridge overnight.
If you can’t get your hands on Japanese rice, feel free to substitute with other types of short grain rice. You can also use Jasmine or Basmati. To save additional time, I often use my mini food processor to chop the onion, garlic and the carrot.
6 Tablespoons butter or butter substitute
1 large yellow onion, very finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrots, peeled and diced very small
6 cups day old short-grain Japanese rice, room temperature
2 eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1/8-1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup frozen green peas, cooked and held warm (optional)
3-4 green onions, sliced in 1/4 inch diagonal slices
Sesame seeds for garnish
In a large stove top wok or 12-14 inch large sauté pan, heat the butter. Add the onions and carrots. Sauté until the carrots and onions begin to brown and the natural sugars start to caramelize. About 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.
Add the day old cooked rice and stir until the carrot, onion and garlic are incorporated well. Add the beaten eggs and toss the rice quickly to cook through —stir well. After everything is incorporated turn up the heat to high and allow the rice to begin browning string constantly. About an additional 3-4 minutes.
Season to taste with the soy sauce and add fresh cracked black pepper if desired. Remove from the heat, add the cooked peas, and scallions – toss to fluff the rice up and serve immediately. Garnish with sesame seeds.
To enhance the umami flavors ( our fifth taste sensation ) use Dashi broth instead of water when making rice!
Makes approximately 6 to 8 servings.