Okay, so it’s not really better than Benihana’s fried rice, but my picky six year old told me it was, so I’m running with it. I, of course, know that there’s no rice better than Benihana’s fried rice… I think it ranks up there as one of my top 5 favorite foods. But, in a pinch, this is a good substitute! It’s also an easy meal to prep ahead of time for a quick throw-together meal. You can do this with chicken (or shrimp or beef for that matter), or leave it plain. If I’m making it as a side dish, I usually leave the meat out, but if I’m making it as our main course, then I usually add in some diced chicken.
2 cups uncooked white rice, cooked according to package directions
1/2 large carrot, shredded
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
cooked, diced chicken pieces, if desired
2 Tbs. butter
2-3 Tbs. soy sauce
First cook your rice and let it cool in the refrigerator. Day old is even fine if you want to make your rice ahead of time the night before, then you’re good to go when it’s dinner time.
Once your rice is cool, scramble three eggs into tiny pieces and add it to your bowl of rice. You are also going to add in your vegetables. This is a meal I love to use my microplane grater for. I grate the carrots, onions and garlic. It helps when you’re feeding kids because the flavor is still there without the unwanted “chunks” of “stuff” – and if you’re a mom I’m sure you understand. The microplane is a life saver.
Give it all a good stir. Add your ground pepper and meat, if desired. (FYI, I don’t add salt, because I already had salt in the rice from following the package cooking instructions, and there’s plenty of salt in the soy sauce, so you won’t miss it.)
Next, melt your butter in a pan on high. Wait until your butter is completely melted, then throw in your rice all at once. Add your soy sauce and cook for 6-8 minutes stirring frequently.
And there you have it. The perfect fried rice. There are never leftovers in this house, and that’s quite an accomplishment around here.