I love me some rice. Pretty much any type of rice, I’m game for. I especially love fried rice. This is a super easy, quick, cheat route to fried rice that ends up having a similar taste as the yummy fried rice you get at hibachi restaurants!
4 Cups of cooked white rice (see note below)
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 minced or grated garlic cloves
1/2 Tsp garlic powder
2 Tsp chopped fresh parsley
1/t Tsp ground pepper
Note: If you have leftover white rice that is perfectly fine to use, just zap it in the microwave to loosen it up a bit. If you are cooking your white rice, use any method that you are comfortable with. My go to is the 5 minute white rice that you cook on your stove top. It’s easy and the perfect texture. If you are cooking your rice swap out the water you are supposed to use with chicken stock. You will get a much better flavour!
Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and melt your butter. Once the butter has melted add in your rice and garlic. In this particular dish I just grate my garlic right into the pan on top of the rice with a micro plane or zester. Mix in your garlic and the using a fork or spatula press your rice down into the pan into a single, even layer. Add in your garlic powder and pepper. Let it cook for about 3 minutes and then check it to see if the bottom is getting a little brown. Once it starts crisping up add in your soy sauce. Depending on your preference you don’t need to add in the entire 1/4 cup. Start with half of that and mix it around and then you can decide if you would like to add more- it is a lot. Once your soy sauce is in flatten the rice and create that layer again for 1-2 minutes. Top with parsley, serve and enjoy!
This is the basic base recipe for friend rice, but often I will add in eggs or pea. If you want to add in any of these ingredients then follow below:
Splash of milk
1/3 cup of fresh or frozen peas
Before you even begin cooking your rice, whisk your eggs and milk in a small bowl and set them aside so that they are ready to go. Add in your peas and whisked eggs right after you added your rice into the pan. Scramble the egg within the pan and then add in your garlic and flatten your mixture to get crispy.