What to do with frozen rice: Vegetable Fried Rice

From   |  November 30, 2011
In Cooking for One or Two, Frugal Food & Facts, Kitchen Basics
Featured Recipe: Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

Sometimes when I see a "convenience item" in the grocery that I have been making myself for years, I say a little - "uh huh" and smile great big. It's like I had some revoltionalry culinary secret that the manufacturers finally caught wind of and are now making thousands on. So the thousands are not mine, but the convenience and cost savings still is.

I've been cooking extra rice for years and freezing the extras for meals down the road. Cooking or steaming if you'd prefer the term, rice is easy. (I'm not a big rice cooker fan, frankly never saw the benefit of it, I simply haven't ever had difficulty cooking rice. But if you have and fret over perfect timing or burnt or mushy rice, rice cookers can be a solution.) But either way, it's just not that hard or time consuming to cook an extra cup or two or rice and freeze.

But if even that is more than you can handle, the manufaturers are cooking it for you now. Plain steamed (or cooked) rice is in the freezer section under several different brands. What's ironic is the cost of 4 cups cooked rice in the freezer is more than you'd pay for 10 pounds of plain dried rice at a warehouse store.

Anyway, the point is cook extra. Buy extra. But fix this easy vegetarian rice dish that will have you warmed up and filled up in less than 30 minutes.


From Jim B. - November 30, 2011

Vegan!!! THANKS...

From Alicia Ross - November 30, 2011

Jim - be sure and leave the egg out if you want vegan.....it's vegetarian dish if you leave the egg in...

From Mark - December 13, 2011

Hay... Yes, i agree with Jim...smile.

From Morgan - December 31, 2011

Thank you for sharing this insightful article.

From David - March 06, 2012

My best friend grew up helping at his uncle's Chinese restaurant near Chicago so, naturally, when I wanted to make some fried rice I gave him a call. His answer: "sure, call the Chinese guy when you want to make fried rice!" I stammered and stuttered until he began laughing at me. Mind you- this is the same guy who told me his uncle's egg roll recipe: "Step 1- go to Sam's Club. Step 2- buy the box of egg rolls..."

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