Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

When you want to shake up your dinner, lunch or breakfast, this bacon and egg fried recipe is a go-to option. It can be eaten any time of day and only takes 20 minutes to whip up.

History of Fried Rice

We don’t know the exact beginning of fried rice because it does date back to the 6th century. It’s believed to have been created at some point during the Sui dynasty. Fried rice is recorded as being in Yangzhou, a city in the eastern Jiangsu province at that time.

Yangzhou fried rice is still the standard base that most Chinese fried rice dishes are made from. Typical fried rice dishes contains peas, scallions, fluffy rice, prawns and roasted pork. This type is found in American-Chinese restaurants as a “special” fried rice.

Unique Characteristics of Fried Rice

When making fried rice, the key is to use previously cooked rice for the best results. Older rice is dryer which lessens the chances of you having a wet and sloppy recipe. You can use rice from a day ago, but ideally, you’ll want some from two to three days before.

Whatever rice you use, it’s good to run it between your fingers first and remove the clumps before you cook it.

It’s also recommended to use long-grain rice for these recipes. Of all the varieties, long-grain rice comes out fluffier and has less stickiness. Some recipes specifically call for scented rice like basmati or jasmine rice.

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice Recipe

Total: 20 min

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • Neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable
  • 3/4 cup diced bacon or ham
  • 3/4 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup snap peas, sliced, or other seasonal vegetables
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Freshly ground white pepper

Step 1

Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat, then add 2 tablespoons of oil and the bacon. Render the bacon for about 2 minutes until crispy. Stir in the onion, garlic, carrots and snap peas and saute for a minute or until the vegetables start to soften.

Step 2

Add the eggs to the skillet, then add the rice directly into the wet egg. Using the back of a spatula or spoon, press the rice into the egg, fold and repeat until the rice is completely coated and heated through. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir to coat the rice. Season with a pinch of salt. Cook over high heat, stirring, until the rice is heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the green onions and some white pepper.

Food Network also published a video that shows another way to make this bacon and egg fried rice recipe.

Greg’s Kitchen also shares ways to make this simple dish more enjoyable.

Variations

The best thing about fried rice is that you can add just about anything to it and the recipe still takes good. Consider swapping out the vegetable oil in the directions above with sesame oil for a more authentic taste.

It’s also possible to add whatever vegetables you enjoy. Consider shredded lettuce, peppers or zucchini. Even mushrooms go well with most fried rice recipes. There’s also the option to mix in other types of meat from chicken to hot dogs. There’s no stopping you from putting in any meat option you enjoy.

Finally, consider adding some cheese to this dish if you enjoy the gooey texture. This is a fantastic way to get picky eaters to consume it.

Enjoy the Meal

The biggest question is what meal of the day will you eat this with? Does this look like a good breakfast or dinner for your family? Maybe you want to eat it one night for dinner and then reheat the leftovers for a quick breakfast option. It’s that versatile.