Easy Fried Rice (Gluten Free) 基本のチャーハン

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  • This classic Fried Rice recipe with ham, egg, and green onion is a delicious one-pan meal that you can whip up under 20 minutes. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for a weeknight meal. 

    Fried rice with egg, ham, and green onion on a white plate.

    Whenever I need to get lunch or dinner on the table fast, fried rice often comes to mind. With just a few well-chosen ingredients in the pantry and some leftover rice, I’d be ready to cook up a satisfying bowl of meal in less than 20 minutes. It’s so fulfilling that it can carry me throughout the day.

    So, when you are thinking of a Chinese takeout to solve your dinner problem, remind yourself that it’s always a better idea to make fried rice at home. With my Easy Fried Rice(基本のチャーハン) recipe, you are guaranteed a delicious dinner and less waiting time.

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    This classic Fried Rice recipe with ham, egg, and green onion is a delicious one-pan meal that you can whip up under 20 minutes. It’s bursting with flavor and perfect for a weeknight meal.

     

    Fried rice with egg, ham, and green onion on a white plate.

    3 Tips for Making the Best Fried Rice

    1. Use leftover steamed rice from the previous day

    Fried rice in Japan is all made with short grain rice. It’s plump and sticky, and it has a chewy texture and more moisture content.  Therefore, the day-old rice that has been dried out slightly in the refrigerator is the perfect vehicle for making fried rice.

    Just make sure to bring the leftover, cold rice to room temperature so it takes less time for the rice to heat up in the wok.

    2. Do not put in too many ingredients

    A good bowl of fried rice is about simplicity. When I was first made fried rice in college, I tossed in way too many ingredients that my fried rice was more like a fried plate of mish-mash. The rice had no space to move around and it ended up with big chunks of rice with overloaded vegetables and proteins.

    So less is best for the case of fried rice.  Rice is the key ingredient and the rest should be kept in minimal. Use a big wok or a pan with sufficient space to toss and turn the ingredients, and giving each grain of rice enough contact with the heat. If you have too much food, your fried rice will be stuck together like a giant mess.

    Also, keep the veggies and meat/ protein in smaller sizes so they will get nicely cooked together with the rice.

    3. Make fluffy egg first

    Everyone has a different method to cook fried rice. Mine always start with making the fluffy egg.

    Pour the beaten egg in a pool of hot oil, and let the oil cook up the egg first.  Take it out while it’s still somewhat runny. This way, your egg is never overcooked, waiting for its turn to be added to the rest of fried rice.

    You can cook the other ingredients and rice, then add the fluffy egg back into the wok or pan. It’s a fail-proof method for everyone.

    Fried rice with egg, ham, and green onion on a white plate.

    Easy Fried Rice Recipe is Versatile

    What other ingredients would work for fried rice? I have listed some here, but you can add whatever you have in your fridge. Keep your concoction simple. 3-4 ingredients would suffice.

    • BBQ pork (Chashu)
    • Chicken
    • Chinese sausage
    • Crab
    • Edamame
    • Eggs
    • Green onion
    • Green peas
    • Ground pork
    • Ham
    • Iceberg lettuce (my favorite!)
    • Salmon (see Salmon Fried Rice)
    • Shrimp

    Fried rice with egg, ham, and green onion on a white plate.

    Make This Easy Fried Rice “Gluten-Free”

    To make this Japanese fried rice, I used Kikkoman®’s Gluten Free Tamari Soy Sauce. Kikkoman®’s soy sauce is known for an appealing aroma and rich color that stimulate the appetite. Their soy sauce works great when you add heat to it.

    GF Soy Sauce | JustOneCookbook.com

    Fried rice cooked with Kikkoman®’s soy sauce adds a distinctly savory aroma, which lasts longer than other soy sauce.  If you pack this fried rice in your children’s bento or your bring-to-work lunch box, you will get to enjoy the fried rice several hours later.

    If you do not have to make this recipe gluten-free, feel free to use regular soy sauce (I often use Kikkoman® Organic Soy Sauce).

    This classic Fried Rice recipe is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover rice, and it's ready in under 20 minutes.

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    5 from 4 votes
    Fried rice with egg, ham, and green onion on a white plate.
    Easy Fried Rice
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     

    This classic Fried Rice recipe with ham, egg, and green onion is a delicious one-pan meal that you can whip up under 20 minutes. It's bursting with flavor and perfect for a weeknight meal. 

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: fried rice
    Servings: 1 (as main dish)
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    • 2 rice bowls cooked Japanese short grain rice (Ideally a day old, See blog post)
    • 2 slices ham
    • 1 green onion/scallion
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc) (divided)
    • ½ tsp kosher salt (¼ tsp if using table salt)
    • white pepper (a must have for my fried rice!)
    • 2 tsp soy sauce (I use Kikkoman® Gluten Free Tamari Soy Sauce)
    Instructions
    Preparation
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Easy Fried Rice Ingredients
    2. To prepare steamed rice, microwave your one-day-old rice that’s kept in the refrigerator until room temperature or warm. If you do not have one-day-old rice, then you can cook the rice, spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and leave it out on the counter without cover for 1-2 hours. This will remove moisture in the rice.
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    3. Cut the white part of the green onion into rounds and the green part diagonally, dividing the white and green parts.

      Easy Fried Rice 2
    4. Cut the ham into ¼ inch square pieces.
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    5. Crack and whisk the egg in a bowl.
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    Cooking
    1. Make sure all the ingredients are ready to go. Heat the wok (or the large frying pan) on medium high heat. Once it’s hot, add 1 Tbsp oil and swirl around to make sure all sides of the work (frying pan) are coated with oil. Add the beaten egg and mix around so that fluffy egg will be created.
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    2. While some parts of the egg are still a little bit runny (not all the way cooked), transfer to a plate. We do not want to overcook the egg at this stage.
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    3. Add 1 Tbsp oil and start cooking ham and white parts of the chopped green onion. Stir fry and coat well with oil.
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    4. Add the room temp/warm rice into the wok (frying pan). Separate the rice with a spatula, without damaging the rice. Don’t make it mushy by pressing down, but fluff out the rice so it is coated with oil and gets nice wok char.

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    5. Add the cooked egg back in the wok and break into smaller pieces while you combine with the rice. If some of the rice sticks to the wok, don’t worry (it happens when the oil was not enough) as you can scrape it off easily and creates nice char taste).
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    6. Season with salt and white pepper. You can add more later after adding soy sauce, if not enough.
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    7. Add the soy sauce. The key action here is to toss the fried rice in the wok and make it fluffy instead of a big mess of fried rice sitting at the bottom of the wok.

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    8. Add green parts of the chopped green onion. And after tossing a few more times, transfer to a plate.

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    9. Fried rice at Chinese restaurants in Japan is often served in a dome shape. If you like to serve it this way, fill the fried rice in a rice bowl, pat down lightly to compact and invert onto a plate.

      Easy Fried Rice 13
    10. Sprinkle green onion on top, and serve!
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    Recipe Notes

    Japanese Ingredient Substitution: If you want to look for substitutes for Japanese condiments and ingredients, click here.

     

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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