July 27, 2014

fried rice

 This fried rice will change everything you thought you knew about fried rice.  It is a spin on the traditional dish and more of a "deconstructed" version.  The garlic and ginger are an extra step beyond what you are used to but they are worth every second, and rather than cooking the rice in tons of soy sauce and sesame oil, both are conservatively drizzled on top at the end like droplets of a pan sauce.

Servings 4-6
Total Time

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • sea salt (or kosher)
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
  • 6 cups rice, I used jasmine but brown rice would also be delicious
  • 4-6 large eggs, depending on number of servings
  • sesame oil (for some heat but the same awesome flavor, use hot sesame oil)
  • soy sauce (if making this gluten-free, make sure to choose a gluten-free soy)


 In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.

Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. 

Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender. Season lightly with salt.

 Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through. I cooked this slightly longer because I wanted my rice to pick up a little more color and crunch.  I added about 1 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground pepper, but season to your taste.

In a nonstick skillet (it just makes it easier) fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.  If you aren't a fan of runny eggs feel free to cook them until they are well done.

Divide rice among dishes (I pressed the rice into a child's bowl and then inverted it onto a plate to get my perfect mounds). Top each with an egg and drizzle lightly with sesame oil and soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.  Enjoy!!!

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