Hey. How is your day? Do you have plans to go hard for weekend brunch yet? Save that up, for here is a hella
Hey. How is your day? Do you have plans to go hard for weekend brunch yet? Save that up, for here is a hella easy Kenyan fried rice recipe. The perfect plan to spruce things up from the same old plain rice you’ve been having all week long.
This Kenyan fried rice is ready in just under 20 minutes. So it is perfect for those lazy days you don’t want to lift a finger to cook. I see you. Those days when you feel bored to death with cooking but you still want to enjoy a nice meal. I too have such days.
I mean, on some days I feel very industrious – I could cook for 5,000 men for several hours on end. But then comes days when just frying a single egg becomes quite an uphill task. Such are the days when I thank God for fried rice and the cooked rice that is always lying in the fridge.
Kitchen Pro Tip: Always have cooked rice lying in the fridge. It will come in handy in many occasions not forgetting recipes that call for cooked rice.
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The Best Kenyan Fried Rice
Let me be upfront with you, I make the best fried rice. Full of big flavors and irresistibly delicious.
Now, before you judge me for my arrogance, I’ll have you know that I’ve spent several years perfecting this fried rice. Consequently, I have mastered a couple of tips over the years that you can implement to transform you from a regular fried rice person to a world class fried rice expert. You might as well add that title to your CV. A world class fried rice expert.😃
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Tips to Making the Best Fried Rice
OK, let’s jump straight in, shall we?
Tip 1.) Always use ‘old’ rice – I am not talking about the rice planted by ancient Egyptians in 3100 B.C. I am talking of rice that you cooked a day or two before. Never use freshly cooked rice. It will only come out looking mushy and clumpy (so not cool) If you are in a hurry (or have an on the spur fried rice craving) spread the fresh batch of cooked rice in a baking sheet or any other pan and stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Tip 2.) Use veggies and herbs – A good bowl of fried rice is one that has all sorts of nice colors popping. Apart from color, vegetables bring in more flavor, texture and nutrients. Fried rice with not enough veggies sucks. Carrots and peas are the most common veggies. However go forth and mix in whatever vegetables you prefer. Just don’t turn it into a vegetable party. Easy, you are making fried rice not some vegetable salad.
Tip 3.) Onion and garlic – onions and garlic combine with the vegetables to provide the base for the fried rice. Don’t you hesitate to make it a little more intense here. Or should I say a little more garlicky? You will find it irresistible. Just chop the onion and garlic ultra-finely so they don’t mess up the texture.
Tip 4.) Eggs – Eggs add flavor, fluffiness and protein to make fried rice a balanced meal. A great tip with eggs is to first scramble them into big curds and set them aside. Then add them later on after stir frying the rice. By doing this, you get to maintain the fluffy texture of the eggs. A big mistake many people commit is beating the eggs into the rice. This only mushes things up.
Tip 5.) Soy sauce and fish sauce – Sauces are non-negotiable when it comes to fried rice. Soy sauce and fish sauce really do the rice a favor, or should I say they do the rice a flavor.
Fried Rice Variations
The beauty with fried rice is that you can always go wild and experiment with whatever you like and have on hand. The options are only limited to your imagination. Common variations include;
Shrimp Fried Rice – Sauté peeled, raw shrimp in a separate pan while you make your fried rice. Then add the shrimp to your rice.
Chicken Fried Rice – Shred or dice sautéed chicken to your fried rice.
Pork Fried Rice – Dice sautéed boneless pork to your rice.
Ham and Bacon Fried Rice – Start by sautéing bacon in a large pan till crispy and set aside. Use the bacon oil in the pan to stir fry your rice then add in the bacon.
Broccoli Fried Rice – Mix in fresh broccoli
Pineapple Fried Rice – Fresh pineapple is common in Chinese and Thai fried rice. Simply chop and stir in.
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Kenyan Fried Rice
- 3 tbsp olive oil divided
- 2 eggs whisked
- 1 handful peas
- 2 medium carrots peeled and diced
- 1 onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 cups rice precooked
- 3 green onions sliced
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce optional
- salt and pepper
- Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan. Add egg and scramble. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate.
- Add an additional 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add diced onion, carrots, peas and garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onion and carrots are soft. Add salt and pepper.
- Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoon oil followed by rice and stir till well combined. Keep stir frying for an additional 3 minutes.
- Add soy sauce, fish sauce, green onions and eggs and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately
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John is a passionate foodie and an advocate for balanced eating and healthy living. Healthy African Foodie is where he shares his wholesome recipes, cooking tips and kitchen tool reviews to make a healthy lifestyle an easier, more convenient choice for individuals and families.