Recipe by Kim (Cooking Together)

Most of us love takeaway food, especially Chinese.

At home we all especially like fried rice, so I’ve come up with my own version of it so it’s much healthier than buying it from our local takeaway. When I make it, I cook a lot at any one time as it freezes and defrosts really well. It’s a really useful dish to have in your freezer as a side or main meal if you want to add different meats etc. This particular recipe is just for a basic fried rice.


  • Basmati/Long grain rice. (A handful per person)
  • 1-2 Onions
  • Handful garden peas (tinned or frozen) I use frozen petit pois peas
  • Chinese 5 spice to taste about half to a teaspoon
  • Salt n pepper to taste
  • Light/dark soy sauce to taste (optional) Soy sauce does give the rice an extra flavour and colour. You could also substitute Worcester sauce or similar if you have that in.
  • 3-4 eggs

These amounts are just a guideline, you can add or lessen any of the ingredients. Try experimenting with different ingredients to add to the basic recipe, Just make sure it is all cooked thoroughly.

Cook rice as directed. Tip If using brown rice, it does take longer to cook than normal basmati rice.

I use my wok to cook my fried rice, but any good sized saucepan should be ok, (preferably non stick).

  • Beat eggs together with some salt and pepper.
  • Sauté the onion in the wok/pan until tender over a medium heat in a very small amount of oil. (I use olive oil, but any will do). Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly through the onions until it starts to cook. (You may need to turn the heat down further so it doesn’t burn).
  • Add the seasoning, soy sauce drained garden peas if using a tin and gently mix together
  • Now start to fold in the cooked rice. Ensure it is thoroughly mixed.

Improvise and play with the recipe. If you like fried rice, you’ll love this especially as you won’t have either the cost or the calories that goes with buying it from your local takeaway. Think about adding cooked chicken, prawns, mushrooms or peppers.

Please be really careful when storing cooked rice as it can be a source of food poisoning if not stored correctly. Any leftovers should be transferred to the fridge asap to prevent the growth of bacteria. After defrosting etc you should ensure it is thoroughly reheated throughout, if you have a food thermometer the temp should be a minimum of 75 degrees


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