What Sam Eats

Leftover fried rice


I’m running out of food in the fridge and had enough leftovers from the week to put together some fried rice for a couple of days. I feel like I don’t need to tell you about fried rice, but I will tell you, “I told you so” re: having the ability to make more than muffins (read about my muffin adventures here and here).

This batch of fried rice was pretty great for something made up on the fly. Part of the reason why leftover fried rice is so good is because it’s different every time you make it. I had some leftover rice and lemon pepper Rotisserie chicken laying around in the fridge, some mushrooms, carrots, frozen corn, spinach, an onion, eggs, and some green onions I’m growing/experimenting with in a jar of water (I had a territorial green onion last week that I had to cut and cook to show him who’s boss) ANNNND as a bonus, I got a little cheeky and added some gelatinous chicken fat from the Rotisserie container. It turned out really well and tasted just as good as it looks in the picture.

If you want to make your own leftover fried rice, all you’ll need is:

  • day (or more) old rice (fresh rice is fine to use, but leftover rice is better)
  • any meats or veggies you have
  • a third/half of an onion
  • some minced garlic/garlic powder (optional, as much as you’d like)
  • about 1-2.5 T soy sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • chili flakes (optional)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • green onions/scallions (optional)
  1. Prep your cooked meats and veggies by cutting them up in even, bite-sized pieces. Dice the onions.
  2. Pour just enough extra virgin olive oil to cover your pan, place on medium-low to medium heat, and wait for the pan to heat up.
  3. Once the pan is heated, add the diced onions to the pan, stirring occasionally until they start to soften and brown.
  4. Add your prepped meats and veggies and stir occasionally to warm them through.
  5. Add the leftover rice, mix to incorporate with the meats, veggies, and onions.
  6. Slowly add soy sauce a tablespoon at a time and mix to incorporate. You want just enough so that the soy sauce covers all of the grains and the rice turns the iconic light brown hue.
  7. Add green onions, stir to incorporate.

That’s it! This particular recipe is based on what you have in your fridge and your preferences, so feel free to adapt this recipe however you’d like. If you end up making your own leftover fried rice, lemme know how it turns out in the comments!




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