Monday, April 9, 2012

Stir-fried Rice

Missy, here. I hope you all had a beautiful Easter!!

I'm going to share a quick, simple, throw-in-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type recipe. Or maybe I should call it a clean-out-the-panty recipe. Or even a wing-it recipe!

I was in a pinch one night (what's new??) and decided to throw together stir-fried rice. I thought back to how my grad school roommate had taught me to make it, but I didn't  have one of the main ingredients I needed. She always used Chinese sausage, and I haven't looked for it anywhere locally (now the search is on my to-do list). I also couldn't even remember what all she had me put in the fried rice, so I decided to wing it.

As I went digging in the fridge, I remembered I had a package of summer sausage! And it was a pretty close likeness to the Chinese sausage. So, here's my kitchen sink fried rice...

Cook rice as directed.
Chop sausage into small cubes.
Chop onions and garlic and cook in small amount of oil until onions are translucent (don't burn the garlic!).
Add the sausage to the pan to heat and render some of the fat.
Add in shredded carrots (not shown in ingredient photo) and any other veggies you may like (I wanted frozen peas but didn't have any).

I also tossed in some pre-cooked chicken.
Stir in the cooked rice.
Add sauces as desired. I used a good bit of soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil, and a dash of rice wine vinegar. Heat and serve!

Okay, so this is the leftovers! I forgot to photograph it before the family dug in. :) But I can tell you they really enjoyed it!


  1. Ahhhh...I can totally do this recipe with marinated tofu. (I know your are all drooling now!) Funny, but I don't think about using rice very often. Other then yummy rice pudding that is! But this is a great way to use up odds'n'sods of veggies, isn't it? And the other good thing about this recipe is it's easy to cook for one.

  2. Good morning Missy and all!

    How did you know I had stir-fry on the menu tonight? One veggie I like to add is cabbage. An easy way to do it is to buy the coleslaw mix - pre-shredded!

    I've also found it works better to cook the rice ahead of time and let it cool (you can cook it the day before). That way it isn't as sticky when you add it to the stir-fry.

    That reminds me - I'd better start cooking my rice for tonight!

  3. Hi ladies of the cafe.

    It's always so fun to read here and see what's cooking and especially what's hiding in the frig. I'd never find sausage in my frig because I only buy with particular meals in mind. I guess that's a result of living in the city and walking to the supermarket. I tend to buy for just a day or two at a time.

    I'm SO excited today. Lent's over so I get to make Kav's Lazy Dazy cake. I've been dreaming of this all through Lent. Made it an extra sacrifice to give up cake so it was good for my soul, I guess. ;)

  4. Kav, I did NOT have to wipe any drool! I'm sorry. LOL

    Cabbage sounds good in it, Jan! I buy the pre-shredded kind as well. BUT I just invested in a mandolin type slicer, so I'll have to see about doing my own.

    Mary, I'm so envious. I think it would be so cool to walk to the market each day to buy produce and such. Although, I only have to drive less than a mile to get to a grocery store. Still, how fun to walk and make a selection!