20-Minute Umami Fried Rice Recipe Is a Tasty Budget Dinner or Side Dish by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

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4 months ago
20-Minute Umami Fried Rice Recipe Is a Tasty Budget Dinner or Side Dish

During the week families need meals that are fast, cheap and easy. If I make rice I always make additional and set some aside just for this fried rice recipe

Add sautéed shrimp or grilled chicken, and there you have it – dinner. To enhance the umami flavors (our fifth taste sensation) use Dashi broth instead of water when making rice.

Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter  
  • 1 large yellow onion, very finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrots, peeled and diced very small
  • 6 cups day-old short-grain Japanese rice, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, cooked (optional)
  • 3 - 4 green onions, sliced in 1/4-inch diagonal slices

Here's how to make it:

  1. In a large wok or sauté pan, heat the butter. Add the onions and carrots. Cook until the carrots and onions begin to brown and the natural sugars start to caramelize, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.
  2. Add the rice and stir until the carrot, onion and garlic are incorporated well. 
  3. Add the beaten eggs and toss the rice quickly to cook through. Stir well. After everything is incorporated turn up the heat to high and allow the rice to begin browning string constantly, about an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with the soy sauce and add fresh cracked black pepper, if desired. Remove from the heat, add the cooked peas, and scallions and toss to fluff the rice up.

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Donna John
Mmmmmm! Love fried rice, Chef Gigi Gaggero ! Cannot wait to try this! Would using regular long-grain rice work?
Kristan Wager
Looking forward to trying this. We love rice!
Dan Scott
I'm on a rice binder I will have to make this :-)
Tiffany Zook
This was delish! And we have plenty for leftovers . So colorful! And healthy! (Substituted corn, my daughter ate all the frozen peas right out of the freezer)

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