I make a lot of rice. Brown rice, white rice, sushi rice, arborio rice, basmati rice, black rice…I have yet to meet a rice I haven’t liked. 😉 As a consequence of making so much rice, I tend to have a lot of leftover rice, which comes in very handy for making fried rice. As with most things I cook, this recipe is more just a suggested guide than a set of hard-and-fast rules, since it is made mainly from leftover rice (and sometimes meat) and whatever vegetables I have in the house. For example, I don’t really like egg in fried rice, but many people do (I don’t know why I have this egg issue; I will eat it if it is in fried rice that someone else made, but I just don’t like adding it to fried rice I make.) If you like eggs, go crazy and add as many as you want. The version pictured below is made with just rice and veggies:
Cast Iron Fried Rice
- Vegetable or Olive Oil, plus a little drizzle of Sesame Oil (sesame oil adds a lot of flavor, so use sparingly)
- 2 Cups Cold Rice
- Chopped Onions and Garlic
- Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
- Chinese 5 Spice Powder
- Chopped Vegetables of Choice, I used carrots, mushrooms, celery, and cilantro because I had them on hand
- Add 2-3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil to cast iron pan, plus a drizzle of sesame oil, and slowly heat.
- When oil is heated, add onions and garlic and cook until onions start to turn translucent.
- Add rice and stir well, making sure oil and onions are mixed through.
- Let the rice fry for a few minutes before stirring. Repeat as needed. (If you want your rice very crispy, you can repeat this process until desired crispiness is achieved.)
- Drizzle rice with liquid aminos or soy sauce and stir.
- Add 5 Spice Powder to taste and stir.
- Begin to add vegetables, with the slowest-cooking ones first. (I added the carrots and let them cook for a moment before adding the mushrooms, and then the celery, and finally added the cilantro at the end.)
- If needed, add more 5 Spice Powder to taste and stir.
- Cook another moment longer, then remove from heat and serve. Enjoy!