Friday, September 18, 2015

Cooking on a Boat with Kirsten: Episode 4 Fried Rice

This recipe is a favorite on the boat...really yummy and satisfying even if you have run out of meat options.

I originally found this recipe, that I have tweaked over time, on the web, though I don't know where anymore so....thank you to whoever originally posted this recipe.

Thai fried rice


4 medium-ish servings. If you have a hungry crew of 4, double everything and maybe you'll have some leftovers.

4 cups cooked cold jasmine rice (cold rice is essential so the grains will not stick together when stir frying)
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves freshly minced garlic
1 1/2 cups chosen protein (chicken, crab, prawns, salmon)
3 eggs (6 eggs if you making it vegetarian)
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (no substitutes)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 medium carrots sliced
1 head of broccoli


1. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat.
2. While pan is warming, toss the cold rice with your hands, making sure to separate the grains from any clumps.
3. Add the garlic to the heated pan, and stir until fragrant and slightly golden.
4. Add protein and stir fry for about 1 minute. If you are using prawns, remove them from the pan after about 1 minute. If you are using crab, I would add it just before the rice is finished to warm it through.
5. Push the meat and garlic up the sides making a well in the middle and add eggs.
6. Scramble eggs for 1 minute in middle of pan then, incorporate all ingredients together, stir frying for another minute.
7. You may need more oil in the pan to cover rice. Add rice, turning over rice with pan ingredients several times to coat and stir frying for 2-3 minutes. You want the rice to begin to have a toasted smell, making sure that all the ingredients are constantly being moved around the pan for even cooking.
8. Sprinkle in the sugar and add the fish sauce and oyster sauce.
9. Stir fry all ingredients together until sauces are absorbed and the rice begins to brown a little, 5 minutes-ish. Add carrots. Stir fry 3-4 minutes. Add broccoli. Stir fry until broccoli is bright green and a little tender, 4-5 minutes longer.
10. Eat. Yum!

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