Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce

Fried RiceFried rice is a favorite food of many people. However, few people feel comfortable preparing fried rice on their own. They reserve this delicious dish for when they visit their favorite Chinese restaurant or Japanese Steakhouse. You can make fried rice at home. This is a delicious recipe for fried rice with sweet soy sauce that will compliment both chicken and shrimp or can be served alone with some radishes and water chestnuts on top. The most difficult task is to make the rice. Pay attention to the package directions to prepare your rice. You don’t need salt or chicken broth for the rice as the soy sauce and vegetables will flavor it well. Try our fried rice with sweet soy sauce for a restaurant quality treat that you can easily make at home.

Ingredients for Rice

  • Two or three tablespoons peanut oil
  • Four cups cooked rice (prepare according to package directions)
  • Four eggs (well beaten with a dash of salt and pepper)
  • Three shallots, finely chopped
  • One chili pepper, sliced and deseeded
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • One lemon or lime, halved

Ingredients for Soy Sauce

  • ¼ cup soy sauce (you can use low sodium soy sauce)
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  • Heat one tablespoon peanut oil in a large sauté pan or WOK.
  • Pour in the beaten eggs and stir until just set. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the peanut oil and reheat the pan.
  • Add the shallots, pepper and garlic and sauté for three to five minutes.
  • While the shallots, pepper and garlic are cooking, add the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger to a small sauce pan and heat on medium, stirring occasionally, until the brown sugar melts.
  • Add the prepared rice. Turn with a non-stick or wooden spoon to incorporate the ingredients and brown the rice. This will take about four minutes on medium/high heat.
  • Add the eggs to the rice and chop the eggs while turning the rice until the mixture is well blended. Tip: Use the flat side of the spoon or a spatula to mash the rice down in a repeating motion after you have the egg mixed it. This will help the rice brown evenly.
  • Add the soy sauce mixture and stir.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon or lime into the rice.

Serve the fried rice with sweet soy sauce with a splash of lemon or lime on top along with a little chopped basil and cilantro. For added scrumptiousness, make an extra portion of the sweet soy sauce to use as a dressing for some pan cooked shrimp or chicken.  Add a tablespoon of peanut oil to a skillet and heat on medium high. Then add some shrimp (peeled and deveined) or chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes. Cook until done (shrimp will be pink and chicken should be 165 degrees internally) and finish off with the sweet soy sauce. Serve this on top or to the side of the rice.

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