Fried Rice (still not perfect) faster than delivery


  • Several Cups of cooked Rice – see this amazing article. Instant Pot Rice. 
  • Protein pre-cooked- What ever you have lying around. Chicken, Shrimp, Pork Carnitas in about an hour, ham
  • Frozen or Fresh Vegetables – I have frozen vegetables in the freezer to throw in and make it pretty.
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Eggs
  • Cooking Oil – Anyone who guessed I use Costco Olive Oil, take a shot.


  • Throw some oil in the Ikea wok you have had lying around since college
  • Heat it up.

We have an electric stove top. I usually set it at 3 out of 10. It should probably be at 6 or 7. I couldn’t live with myself if I wasted 25 cents worth of rice. Maybe someday I will put on my big girl panties and turn up the heat.

  • Add in the rice. The idea is to “lightly brown” it.
  • Park the rice on the sides of the wok. Put in the vegetables except for the peas. Stir-fry the onions, garlic, and carrots until tender.
  • Make a hole in the rice and vegetables to put in the eggs.
  • Stir up the eggs. Pour them in the hole. Scramble them.

This is the other place I am messing up. I start thinking to myself.

“You just poured raw eggs into cooked rice… Is it going to get hot enough to cook to a safe temperature? “

This may be how every zombie movie starts. Then I have to cook the all the rice throughly. The eggs are completely dispersed. It ruins the whole effect.

  • Add green peas. Let them heat up.
  • Stir it all together.
  • Serve and eat.
  • It’s not even close to “Nailed It!”

This is a work in progress. It doesn’t look right. It tastes fine. If you care about how it looks, don’t start here.

Why bother?

Fried rice is how you clean out your fridge.

Fried Rice isn’t the most expensive thing on a restaurant menu, but it has to be the least expensive thing to create. Left over rice? 10 cents worth of frozen vegetables? Oil? a couple of eggs? Left over chicken.

It’s family.

My sixteen year old will make his own. He is sixteen. If he was younger, he could help. If he was picky, he could make it custom with no onions.



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