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Asparagus Fried Rice

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Total time 25 mins

Serves 4 to 6

The trick to perfect fried rice is to use cold cooked rice (like leftover takeout) and stir-fry it long enough so that each grain dries out and puffs up. As with any stir-fry, make sure all your ingredients are ready to go before you fire up the pan.


  • 4 cups cold cooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 Chinese sausages (lop chong)*, diced, or 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 7 ounces asparagus, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Soy sauce (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 375
  • caloriesfromfat 54 %
  • protein 9.9 g
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 5.7 g
  • carbohydrate 33 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • sodium 501 mg
  • cholesterol 123 mg

How to Make It

  1. Break up large clumps of rice with a fork. Heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan (not nonstick) over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and sausages and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice and cook, stirring often, until each grain of rice is dry and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add asparagus and cook until bright green, about 1 minute.

  2. Push rice to outsides of wok to create a well in the center. Add remaining 2 tsp. vegetable oil. Pour eggs into well and cook, stirring occasionally, until large curds form and eggs are fully cooked, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add salt, white pepper, and sesame oil and toss rice until all ingredients are well combined. Sprinkle with green onion and serve with soy sauce if you like.

  4. *Find Chinese sausages at East Asian markets.