Donal Skeahan's what to eat now: ultimate leftover fried rice
I love fried rice but most people associate it with greasy takeaways after a night out.
This recipe couldn't be further from that! You can really amp up the flavours with vegetables so by all means mix it up. It works best when using cooked rice from cold, so use up those leftovers. Quick and delicious, it makes the perfect midweek meal or lazy weekend dinner.
You will need
1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 large free-range eggs, lightly whisked
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
Bunch of spring onions, thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
150g (5oz) cooked ham hock meat, finely chopped
150g (5oz) frozen peas
300g (11oz) leftover cooked rice, cold
Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan or wok and pour in the whisked egg. Allow to set briefly before drawing the edges toward the centre of the pan. After two minutes remove from the pan and slice the omelette into small strips.
Clean out the wok, drizzle with a little more oil and stir-fry the garlic, chilli and ginger for one minute. Add the spring onions, carrots and red pepper and stir-fry for a further 3 minutes. Stir through the sesame oil and soy sauce over the heat for one minute.
Add the ham and peas and gently mix through. Add the cooked rice and egg to the pan and mix to combine with the vegetables and ham. Cook for two minutes then serve straight away in a big bowl for a quick and tasty dinner.
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