Step By Step Your Way To Bacon Fried Rice!
This recipe is pretty near and dear to my heart. For starters, I am married to a wonderful Filipino man which means that he has a deep love for rice. In fact, one might argue that it is a need. Secondly, many, many moons ago I was told that I couldn’t cook. That I didn’t have the talent to do so. Deep down I so desperately wanted to learn, but I suppose I was scared to try. At the time, all I wanted to do was master fried rice. And why not? It’s so often ordered in Chinese takeout restaurants or eaten at a buffet. So why not learn this super simple dish in your very own kitchen?! 🙂 And that’s just what I did. Today I’m here to share my recipe with you. As with many other dishes, each chef will tell you that their fried rice is “the best”. But I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’ll say that: A. I love bacon and I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t, and B. the bacon grease adds a ton of flavor to the rice and soy sauce which takes this standard dish to another level. However, if you are vegetarian or can’t eat bacon for health purposes, simply omit it from this recipe and it will taste just fine! You can also add 1 teaspoon of fish sauce to the rice (when adding the soy sauce) to give a more salty flavor to the dish. So enjoy this delicious, bacon fried rice recipe everyone and let’s get cooking! 🙂
Bacon Fried Rice Step-By-Step
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups rice
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup frozen vegetables
- 1 pack bacon, fried, drippings reserved
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- Salt to taste
Step 1: Get a pot of rice going. The general conversion is 1 cup of rice to 1 1/2 cups water. For this recipe, I used 2 cups rice and 3 cups water. Place in a pot on the stove (with a lid), or in a rice cooker and let simmer until completion. (If cooking on the stove it should take about 15-18 minutes simmering, covered).
Step 2: While the rice is cooking, fry up your bacon in a skillet. Make sure before you lift the cooked bacon out of the pan to shake off as much grease as possible. You’ll want to save it for the rice. Set the bacon aside on a mixing bowl and cut with kitchen shears.
Step 3: When the rice is nearly cooked, grab a large wok and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and begin to heat it on high heat. Then add in 1 cup of frozen vegetables and begin frying them. (Note: If you’d also like to add 2 whisked eggs to your rice, now would be the time to add it in).
Step 4: Once the vegetables are cooked, add in the cooked rice and begin gently tossing the oil and vegetables through the rice. Then, add in the bacon grease from the skillet, the chopped bacon, and 1/2 cup of soy sauce to your wok. Continue mixing and frying over high heat. You’ll notice the rice will want to stick to the bottom of your wok. That’s okay! Just gently scrape the bits away. As the soy sauce reduces and is absorbed by the rice, slowly lower your heat until it’s completely absorbed.
Step 5: Season with salt to taste, serve hot, and enjoy! 🙂