This Bacon Fried Rice brought to us by Olivia Mesquita at Olivia’s Cuisine: Food Without Borders, is a tasty recipe for you to repurpose last night’s extra rice. Made with bits of thick-cut bacon, peas, and scallion, this flavorful dish is not only easy to make but perfect for topping with a sunnyside up egg. The runny yolk will complement the crunchy bacon and crispy grains exquisitely.
Over medium heat, heat up a wok or non-stick pan until very hot, about 2-3 minutes.
Sauteé the bacon in oil for about 4-5 minutes, until golden brown but not yet crispy. Drain extra fat out of the pan leaving only 2 or 3 tablespoons.
Add scallion and onions, sautéing for 2-3 minutes until softened. Follow by adding minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Form a hole in the middle of the pan by pushing the mixture to the sides and crack the eggs. Stir to scramble them and cook for 30 seconds to1 minute until almost done. Combine the eggs with the onion and bacon my stirring everything together.
Stir in frozen peas and cook for about 2 minutes, until no longer frozen.
Add chilled rice and toss to mix with other ingredients. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes making sure not to over-stir so that the rice can begin to crisp. Flatten using a spatula or a spoon to ensure all of the rice can interact with the hot pan for even crispiness throughout.
Add soy sauce and freshly ground pepper, stirring well so everything is evenly coated with sauce.
Serve immediately and drizzle with sesame oil for added flavor and sliced scallions for garnish.
Any time you have leftover rice, you have the perfect base for your favorite fried rice recipe. The cooked and chilled grains are great for these types of recipes because they’ve not only had time to dry out and can better absorb the dish’s different flavors, but they are just right for reaching a slightly crispy consistency giving your fried rice the ideal texture.
If you want to make better than takeout fried rice, put these tips and tricks to practice:
1. Choose the right rice: we recommend using long grain varieties, like Mahatma® Long Grain & Jasmine Rice Blend. Remember, the key is cooking Jasmine Rice the day before or using leftover rice for best results.
2. Stir fry on high heat and stir until rice, bacon, and veggies are browned.
3. Add some signature flavor by drizzling in some sesame oil and soy sauce.
Once you nail this Asian delicacy, continue discovering more rice classics like a Mexican Rice recipe or a Spanish seafood or Vegetarian Paella. If you really enjoy Mexican cuisine try our tacos dorados recipe. Looking for a fun dinner idea? Try what is arroz con leche.