This easy, ham fried rice recipe is such an awesome weeknight meal. It uses simple seasoning and frozen veggies, and is done in under 30 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
Why I love this ham fried rice recipe
Things have been so crazy in our house lately. Between work, school and volunteer stuff, I’ve been struggling to get dinner on the table.
I know it seems ironic, because cooking is literally my job, but life with two little kids is no joke, especially now that we have extracurriculars in the mix.
Thankfully, we keep our fridge stocked with useful ingredients like Smithfield® Anytime Favorites® diced ham and frozen veggies so I can throw together meals like this in a hurry.
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Last week, we had one of those days, and I threw together this fried rice recipe in under 30 minutes.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
- Large skillet or wok
- Measuring spoons
- Cutting board
- Chef’s knife
Fried rice ingredients
- Leftover rice
- Smithfield Anytime Favorites diced ham
- Frozen peas and carrots
- Green onion
- Sesame oil
- Pantry basics like garlic, soy sauce and cooking oil
I always recommend having a well stocked pantry to make cooking easier. If you need help stocking your pantry and fridge with basics ingredients, check out my basic grocery list.
How to make fried rice with diced ham
Mise en place. This recipe cooks really quickly, so I recommend getting everything prepared before you start. Chop your onions, measuring your liquids and even scramble the eggs in a small bowl ahead of time.
This will help you feel less overwhelmed when cooking and even help keep your mess to a minimum.
Sauté the ham, green onions and garlic. Start by heating a large skillet or wok to medium-high. Add the oils and let the heat until they’re shimmering.
Add the green onion, ham and garlic to the pan and sauté until for a few minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent burning.
Add the rice and soy sauce to the skillet, and stir until the rice is evenly coated with soy sauce and the oils from the pan. Break up any clumps in the rice up as you go.
Cook the egg. Create a small well in the fried rice by pushing the ingredients to the sides of the pan, and pour the scrambled egg into the hole. Allow the egg to cook, and gently stir within the well, until the egg has cooked.
Don’t worry if you accidentally pull in some of the other ingredients. It’s all going to get mixed in once the egg is cooked.
Add the frozen vegetables. Once you’ve mixed the cooked egg into the rice mixture, add the frozen veggies. It will take them a few minutes to cook, so give them time and stir as needed to prevent burning.
Adjust seasoning and garnish. When the veggies are hot, give the fried rice a taste, and adjust to your liking with additional soy sauce or salt & pepper. Before serving, garnish with extra green onion and sesame seeds (totally optional).
FAQs and tips for making the best ham fried rice
Typically, fried rice is made with a medium grain rice, but we almost always cook with jasmine rice so that’s what we used for this recipe.
While you’re preparing your ingredients, spread the rice out on a plate or baking sheet to let it breath. You can also rinse your rice before cooking it (several times) to remove the starches that cause it to be sticky.
Most likely, it’s a moisture issue. Either you didn’t use dry enough rice or you introduced too much moisture when cooking. Never cover the rice after frying it.
Not necessarily, but using cold rice will help prevent the moisture and starches from coming out when frying, which will prevent mushy and clumpy rice.
Yes, you can absolutely freeze fried rice! I would recommend reheating it on the stove in a frying pan to keep it from getting mushy.
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For the fried rice:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 package Smithfield® Anytime Favorites® diced ham
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- 3 cups cold, cooked rice
- 2 – 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 large eggs, scrambled
- 1 1/4 cup frozen peas and carrots
- Green onion, thinly sliced
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Heat a large skillet or wok to medium-high. Add olive oil and sesame oil and heat until shimmering.
- Add ham, garlic and green onion. Sauté until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
- Mix in rice and soy sauce, breaking up rice as needed, until evenly coated, about 5 minutes.
- Make a well to cook the eggs in the middle of the pan. Add scrambled eggs, and stir within the well until cooked. Once cooked, stir egg into rice.
- Add frozen peas and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
- Adjust seasoning to taste and garnish before serving.
To make this recipe gluten free, substitute tamari for the soy sauce.
Keywords: easy, dairy free, gluten free option
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