This basic fried rice with Chinese sausage is super easy to make, and requires no phone orders or pick up! Enjoy it right off your own stove.
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Fried rice guys. Am I right? It’s the cornerstone of Chinese cooking. I’m not totally sure that’s true, but it sure does sound good!
I love fried rice. When we get Chinese food, if there is an option to substitute fried rice (as there usually is with Americanized Chinese restaurants), I choose it.
For years I have been working on the perfect fried rice recipe. Years. I’ve made many a mushy, gloppy pan of rice. You know the kind. By the time you’re done cooking, it’s almost as if you’ve made mashed potatoes…where did those rice grains go???
To make a true Chinese takeout meal, serve your fried rice with any of these amazing dishes:
First off, day old rice is a MUST. Seriously guys, if you don’t have day old rice, don’t bother making this. It’ll be mushy. Another even better option is to use day old brown rice. Brown rice tends to be less mushy than white and really cooks up nice. And the best tip? Grab some white rice from your local Chinese takeout and let it sit for a day. Their rice is always better than mine.
You also need a wok. Or a large pan that gets incredibly hot. Personally, I use a cheap wok pan right now until I am gifted my new hand made wok from China. I made my desires pretty clear to the boyfriend. We’ll see what Christmas brings this year. Either way, the pan you use needs to get blazing hot.
This is the wok I asked for. If I get it, I’ll let you know how I like it! Related Recipe: Kimchi Fried Rice
And the Chinese sausage. YUM. I don’t know how many of you have cooked with Chinese sausage before, but it is so amazing. Slightly sweet, fatty and filled with delicious umami flavors, it’s hard for me not to use this sausage in everything. You can leave it out in this recipe, but I seriously recommend trying it. You should be able to find it in any Asian grocery store or you can buy it through this link.
Did I mention this basic fried rice with Chinese sausage is super easy to make? It is. If you’re intimidated by fried rice, don’t be. It takes less than 10 minutes. It’s easy. Promise.
Let’s do this.
Start by heating the pork fat in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the diced Chinese sausage and fry until the edges start to crisp.
Then add the garlic and stir fry for about 30 seconds, or until the garlic starts to lightly brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic or your rice will be bitter.
Add the cooked rice and quickly toss to avoid the rice getting mushy. If the rice is in clumps, break the clumps up before adding to the pan. You can do this with a fork, but it will be easier and faster done with your hands. “Hands on” cooking guys. It’s fun. Just go for it.
Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, white and black pepper, and sesame oil and toss to combine with the rice. Move the rice to one side of the pan. Add the beaten eggs, cooking for 1-2 minutes until lightly scrambled. It’s ok if they are under-cooked, the heat from the rice will finish the cooking. Mix the scrambled eggs into the rice and serve hot.
Basic fried rice with Chinese sausage guys. This stuff’s the best. Really. Try it, you’ll love it.
- 4 tbsp. pork fat
- 4 cups cold day old rice
- 3 Chinese sausages diced
- 3 tbsp. chicken broth
- 3 tbsp. light soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- Heat pork fat in a wok pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced Chinese sausage and fry until edges start to crisp.
- Add the garlic and green onions and stir fry for about 30 seconds, or until the garlic starts to lightly brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic or your rice will be bitter.
- Add the cold, cooked rice and quickly toss to avoid the rice getting mushy. Stir fry for 2 minutes, tossing the rice.
- Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, white and black pepper, and sesame oil and toss to combine with the rice.
- Move the rice to the side of the pan. Add beaten eggs, cooking for 1-2 minutes until lightly scrambled.
- Mix the scrambled eggs into the rice and serve hot. Garnish with extra green onions.
- Brown rice can be substituted for white rice.
- The Chinese sausage is optional but HIGHLY recommended.
- Day old rice is a MUST for this dish to come out right.