Make the ultimate takeout night with these quick & super easy recipes that's better than takeout! From irresistible appetizers all the way through indulgent desserts, here's what to serve with fried rice for dinner tonight!
Fried rice is an absolute staple in Asian cuisine. It's cheap, quick, & deliciously filling - what's not to love??
Every cuisine (& even family!) has their own version to serve it as a quick dinner side or breakfast from leftovers!
Decided to eat out instead? Box up any leftover white rice for these quick Veggie Fried Rice or Egg Fried Rice recipes for breakfast the next day! If you're feeling fancy, you could wrap the fried rice in fluffy eggs for Adobo Fried Rice Omelet or Japanese Omurice!
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The best dishes to serve with fried rice are orange chicken, char siu pork, hot & sour soup, wonton soup, egg drop soup, steamed fish, sweet & sour pork, Beijing beef, beef & broccoli, honey walnut shrimp, ginger beef, sweet & sour chicken, chicken teriyaki, sesame chicken, or eggplant tofu as the main course.
If you have the extra time, some of the best side dishes & appetizers are green green beans, bok choy with oyster sauce, egg rolls, spring rolls, & dumplings!
The best part about fried rice is that it's SO versatile. Whether you're creating a full spread or quick meal with a fried egg, you really can't go wrong.
👩🏻🍳Expert Tips for Homemade Fried Rice
- Day-Old Cold Rice is Best: For that flakey Chinese restaurant-style fried rice, long grain rice is best, especially cold leftover rice. This is because it's drier than fresh rice & rehydrates by absorbing the sauce seasonings for super flavorful fried rice!
- Repurpose Leftovers: In case you need it, this is your sign to use up any leftover protein or veggies hanging out in the back of the fridge! Fried rice gives you a chance to transform leftovers into a whole new meal!
- Cook Fast & Furious: When making fried rice, remember to cook on a large wok/pan on high heat for best results so your ingredients properly stir-fry. If the temperature is too low or the pan is overcrowded, your fried rice could end up soggy from steaming, instead of toasting on high heat!
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Long-grain rice, such as Jasmine rice, is a popular choice for fried rice. Leftover cold rice is even better for that flavorful flakey restaurant-style fried rice! This is because cold rice is drier & rehydrates by absorbing all of the seasoning sauce for an even more flavorful dish.
Instead of soy sauce in your fried rice, you can swap it out with tamari, fish sauce, or oyster sauce. All of which add saltiness and umami!
And don't forget a drizzle of sesame oil for a deep nutty flavor that gives that signature fried rice flavor. You can finish with sesame seeds for a little extra flavor & crunch too!
Like with anything, especially if you have health restrictions, enjoy with moderation. If you'd like to have a low carb option, you can swap out regular rice with quinoa or cauliflower.
Yes! Fried rice is freezer friendly for a super quick & easy meal for days you're tight on time.
Once the fried rice is cooked, let it cool down completely, then transfer it to an airtight container. You could even divide them into single serving portions for quick meals!