Restaurant-Style Pork Fried Rice

This is a fairly easy recipe, and it works in bulk too.

Now, there’s 2 ways to make this dish. The first is more time-consuming, but will help you achieve a flavor closer to that of the restaurants. The second is an abridged version for convenience (you can skip to the bottom for that one).

Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes | Usage: Best as a main course

Fried Rice

To get a flavor that really tastes like the restaurants, it’s all about ingredient management. You have to cook all the pieces separately. The ingredients list here is to make about 4-5 servings.

Ingredients:

– 2 cups white rice
–  3.5 cups water
–  1 stick andouille sausage
– 1.2 white or yellow onion
– 1 large carrot
– 1/4 lb. of green beans
– 3 large eggs
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1 piece of shallot
– 2 stalks green onion
– Soy sauce
– Sesame oil

The first thing to do is to cook the rice. You can use longer grain rice for more texture, or shorter rice for a softer feel. Throw it in your rice cooker. If you don’t have a rice cooker, check out how to cook rice from scratch. The rice to water ratio up there should leave you with stickier rice — perfect for frying.

While that’s cooking, it’s time to prep the rest of the cast. Peel your carrot and then slice it into 1/2 inch discs. Then, cut these disks into 4 quarters. Do the same with the andouille sausage. Then, take the stems off your green beans and cut them into 1/2 inch segments. Slice your onion into about 1/2 inch pieces too. Cut the green onions into thin slices. Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them as if you’re about to scramble them. Finally, chop your garlic and shallots into fine pieces.

Now that the prep work is done, it’s time to get to cooking! Heat up some olive oil on a large, flat pan and warm it up over a medium-high heat. Throw the garlic, shallot and green onions into the oil and let it cook for 2 minutes. It should smell delicious!

Next, throw the carrots and green beans into the mix. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of water into the pan and cover it. Let the mix steam (covered) until the water is gone.

When that’s ready, pour the mix into a bowl. Pour some more olive oil into the pan and start cooking the sausage on medium-high. Let it cook for about 5-6 minutes and pour that into the bowl with the vegetables. Now, you need to cook your eggs. Treat them the same as if you were scrambling them. Pour the finished product into the bowl.

Your rice should be ready by now. Hit the pan with some more olive oil and fill the pan with rice. Let it heat up a bit (should help to dry it out). Pour soy sauce onto the rice. You don’t want to go crazy with it, but you want to make sure the rice is pretty brown all over. Stir the rice around to evenly distribute the soy sauce. Let it heat for another minute or so. Then, pour all of the other ingredients on top of the rice and mix it up.

BOOM! Restaurant style fried rice. Enjoy.

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THE ABRIDGED VERSION

Cook your rice in a rice cooker or follow these steps if you don’t have one.

Cut your carrots and sausage into 1/2 inch discs, then cut these into quarters. De-stem your green beans and cut into 1/2 inch segments. Cut the onion into 1/2 inch pieces. Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them. Cut the green onions into thin slices. Finally, chop your garlic and shallots into fine pieces.

Throw some oil on a pan and cook the sausage for 5 minutes on medium-high. Then, put the garlic, shallots. green onion, carrots, green beans and onion in. Put 3-4 tablespoons of water in the pan and cover it. Cook for another 5 minutes (covered) on medium-high. Once the water is gone from the pan, remove the cover and pour the egg in. Stir the eggs until they are scrambled.

The rice should be ready by now. Add it to the pan and stir everything together. Add enough soy sauce to turn the rice a nice, light brown color. Continue to stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Enjoy!

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