Fried rice has the best texture when prepared with cold cooked rice, making it an ideal use for leftovers. Tiny rounds of thinly sliced green beans add flecks of color and crunch.
4 cups cold cooked long-grain rice
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup thinly horizontally sliced green beans
3/4 cup diced ham (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (1-inch) slices green onions
How to Make It
Break up rice with hands to remove large clumps, if necessary.
Heat a 14-inch wok over high heat. Add canola oil to wok, swirling to coat. Add 1 1/2 cups onion and garlic to wok; stir-fry 1 minute or until onion begins to brown. Add beans and ham; stir-fry 2 minutes or until ham begins to brown.
Reduce heat to medium-high. Add cold rice to wok; stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper. Push rice mixture up sides of wok. Pour eggs in open space in center of wok; cook 30 seconds or until set, stirring to scramble. Gently stir scrambled eggs into rice mixture. Sprinkle with green onions.
My husband likes to cook with the wok so he cooks these types of dishes and he found this one to be really easy. Another great use for leftover ham and we liked the green beans in it for a change of pace. He gave it a 10 for easy of cooking and flavors. The leftovers were fought over for lunch the next day, he won them since he did the cooking, and he said they were just as good.
My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. I've tried other fried rice recipes and not cared for them - this one is a WINNER! I did use egg substitute and it worked beautifullly. Also subsituted turkey for the ham. It also worked just fine.
For some reason every time I attempt fried rice it turns out mushy and I can't figure out why. Aside from this which I think is a user flaw, for leftover holiday ham it's a great recipe. Although I'd double it if you want leftovers :-)
This was a nice weeknight dinner. I used leftover honey-glazed ham from Christmas - the sweetness of the ham was a nice touch. I subbed frozen peas for the green beans, and omitted the green onion. Served with chicken egg rolls and stir fried vegetables.