A simple breakfast fried rice using leftover rice for a delicious, wholesome egg and rice breakfast combination! All you need is six ingredients (plus toppings) and 15 minutes for a dish you can enjoy as a breakfast or any time of the day!
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. You can do this directly in the pan later, but I like to do it in a separate bowl in-case I drop in any shells.
Heat a large skillet with olive oil and add the minced garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
Add the eggs to the pan and often stir, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook for around 2 minutes until mostly cooked.
Add the rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil and mix well to combine. Optionally, add some grated ginger for extra flavor.
Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until everything is warmed through, then serve.I served mine on a bed of lettuce and topped it with a sprinkle of omega seeds, chili sauce, finely sliced green onion, and avocado slices.
To Make Ahead and Store
Make ahead: This egg and rice breakfast already uses leftover rice to cut down on the cooking time, but did you know you could also prepare the entire thing (without the egg) the night before and reheat it on the stovetop in the morning and add the egg.Store: As this dish already uses cooked and cooled rice, I prefer only to reheat it once and eat it then and there. However, I have had success storing leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Why use leftover rice? Leftover rice dries out slightly and will absorb flavors better and not be as 'mushy.'
For crispier results, start by spreading the rice in a flat layer over the skillet and allowing it to cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp (after sauteeing the garlic). Then stir in the eggs until scrambled.
Readers tip: You may be able to make this breakfast fried rice with freshly cooked rice - just use slightly less water when cooking it for 'drier' rice and allow it to cool down a little (20-30 mins). The result won't be the same, but it'll do in a pinch.
You can use frozen rice - Just allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge (or use the microwave).