We decided to opt for a quick and easy dinner tonight, a basic fried rice. Usually, we make our favorite fried rice, Pineapple Fried Rice (as featured in this season's Penzey's Catalog!!), but tonight we stripped it down to its basic essence, using items we happened to have on hand.
To season the rice, we added a few shakes of a Hawaiian seasoning my parents brought us from their trip to Hawaii last year. The seasoning is called "Macadamia Nut Hawaiian Seasoning" and can apparently be purchased through the ABC Store chain. While the seasoning didn't pair particularly well with this rice, it would be quite delicious sprinkled on some chicken or fish. The seasoning is a bit spicy, crunchy, and has a little smooth sweet touch thanks to coconut.
We generally use a rice seasoning called "Furikake" typically found in Asian grocery shops. Amazon.com carries a good selection, alternately Mitsuwa Marketplace (Chicago, New Jersey, or Southern California), or Pacific Produce right here in Milwaukee.
The fried rice is a great simple meal, and we like it a lot because it can contain pretty much whatever you have hanging out in your fridge. We used some leftover frozen veggies and a scrambled egg. To round out the flavor, we threw in a little soy sauce, Mirin wine, and a splash of sesame oil. I hope you'll be inspired to make your own speedy version on fried rice!
Basic Fried Rice
-1 tablespoon olive oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
-1 cup rice, cooked (we used plain white rice)
-1/2 to 1 cup vegetables (we used frozen pea/carrot mix)
-1 egg, scrambled
-1 tablespoon soy sauce
-1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
-1/2 tablespoon Mirin cooking wine
-Desired rice seasoning
Cook rice in a rice cooker (or on stovetop).
Put olive oil into a skillet with raised sides, add vegetables and allow to cook 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat.
Add cooked rice to skillet, along with egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, and Mirin.
Stir to combine, then allow rice to rest for a minute, then stir, then allow to rest again. Rice should begin to brown a bit.
Once the rice has browned slightly, it is ready to eat! Season as you wish and enjoy!