This incredible recipe for Zucchini and Egg Fried Rice is a quick, easy, and mouthwatering dish that can be whipped up in just 20 minutes. Whether you want a satisfying lunch or a delicious addition to your lunchbox, this recipe is perfect.
The Versatility of Fried Rice
Fried rice is the ultimate comfort food for those of us who rely on rice as a staple in our diets. It’s a fantastic way to use up any leftover rice you might have sitting in the refrigerator. With just a few simple ingredients and some creativity, you can have a hot and delicious meal ready in under 20 minutes.
Choosing the Right Vegetables
While there are several classic combinations of ingredients that work well in fried rice, the possibilities are endless. You can experiment with a variety of firm vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, green beans, green peas, and peppers. However, it’s important to avoid using tomatoes or cucumbers as they release too much water, resulting in soggy fried rice.
Interestingly, zucchinis are a fantastic addition to fried rice. They have a firm texture and pair perfectly with eggs, making them an ideal ingredient for this super quick and easy Zucchini and Egg Fried Rice recipe. In fact, I first discovered the deliciousness of zucchinis in fried rice while visiting a distant relative in Sydney, Australia. Ever since that day, I’ve been hooked!
Adding Protein to Your Fried Rice
When it comes to protein options for fried rice, there are many quick and easy choices. You can use bacon, ham, sausage, roasted meats like char siu, shrimp, or even canned meats like Spam and sardines. These proteins require minimal prep work and add incredible flavor to your fried rice.
The Role of Eggs in Fried Rice
Eggs are a beloved addition to fried rice, and many consider them an essential ingredient. However, it’s important to note that you can still prepare delicious fried rice without eggs. Eggs are affordable, readily available, and require hardly any preparation.
There are three popular methods for incorporating eggs into fried rice, and each has its own merits. The first method involves beating and frying the eggs into an omelet, which is then broken or torn into small pieces using a spatula. Some people even remove the omelet from the wok and add it back towards the end of stir-frying.
The second method entails cracking the eggs directly into the wok (or lightly beating them) and adding the rice on top. This allows the rice to be coated with the eggs and stir-fried until it’s dry, fluffy, and fragrant.
The third method simply involves frying an egg and placing it on top of the fried rice.
Personally, I prefer method #2. I love the way the egg coats the rice grains, making them incredibly aromatic and flavorful. That’s why you’ll often see me adding the rice onto the barely set egg. Unless I’ve already consumed enough eggs for the week, I rarely prepare fried rice without them.
The Importance of Cooked Rice
To ensure your fried rice turns out perfectly, it’s crucial to start with the right rice. Soggy or clumpy fried rice can be a disaster. The best rice to use is day-old or leftover rice from the refrigerator, as it has had a chance to dry out slightly. If you don’t have any leftover rice, try cooking your rice with slightly less water than usual. After the rice is cooked, let it sit for 10 minutes, fluff it with chopsticks or a fork, and leave the lid open until it cools down. Once cooled, you can place it in the refrigerator, uncovered, until you’re ready to use it.
Recommended Tools for Making Zucchini and Egg Fried Rice
Here are some handy tools that can make your experience of preparing Zucchini and Egg Fried Rice even better:
- Hand Hammered 14 inch, Round Bottom Carbon Steel Pow Wok with Bamboo Handle
- Traditional Heavy Gauge Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok (14 inch, round bottom)
- Carbon Steel Wok, Hand Hammered (14 inch, round bottom)
- Carbon Steel Hand Hammered 14 inch Flat Bottom Wok (Gauge – 1.2mm)
- Carbon Steel Wok 12-inch, flat bottom
- Traditional Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok (12 inch, Round bottom)
Quick and Easy Zucchini and Egg Fried Rice
When you’re short on time but still want a delicious meal, give this Zucchini and Egg Fried Rice recipe a go. It’s a quick, easy, and incredibly satisfying dish that will leave you wanting more.
Note: This post was originally published on January 25th, 2013, but has been updated with minor changes to the recipe, a new write-up, and a video.
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