Pea & Egg Fried Rice

Pea & Egg Fried Rice

If there is one thing I learned from making egg-fried rice it is that the rice should be stone cold.

At first I used to boil the rice, then immediately fry it. The results were a bit mushy and not so satisfying. Also, don’t fret if you don’t have a wok. Our last wok’s non-stick surface started flaking bit by bit until one day so much food bits got stuck to it that I chucked it in the bin and yelled at it not to come back. Since then I haven’t been bothered to buy another wok and wondered if I couldn’t just use a good old fashioned frying pan instead. Guess what? It works!

Pea & Egg Fried Rice
Serves 2 as a side dish
Preparation: 5 mins – Cooking: 10 minutes
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 10ml (2 tsp) sesame oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) groundnut (peanut) oil
  • 500ml (2 cups) of cooked white rice, cooled completely
  • 125ml (½ cup) frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  1. Put the eggs, sesame oil and half the salt in a small jug or bowl, mix a fork and set aside.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat. Add some groundnut oil and when it is slightly smoking, add the rice, remaining salt and peas and stir-fry for 3 minutes, or until it is heated through.
  3. Next drizzle in the egg and oil mixture and continue to stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until the eggs have set and the mixture is dry.
  4. Toss in the spring onions and stir-fry for another 1 minute then serve at once.
Serving Suggestion
  • This classic rice dish goes well with just about any Chinese main course.

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  1. says

    Hi Michelle! I agree with you that cold rice is the way to go! The pan/wok must also be hot. I think you did a very good job there!

  2. says

    Oh wow – that looks so beautifully Spring-like! I simply don’t have space for a wok in my cramped little kitchen, so I’v also always made do with a frying pan and yes – it works!

  3. says

    Unfortunately I didn’t have any sesame seed oil or groundnut oil so used rapeseed oil instead and increased the amount of peas – it worked well and will definitely be doing this again probably with the sugested oils next time. Having cooked the rice it was easy to cool it down by washing it through with cold water in a seive – agood tip to use cold rice.

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