Jasmine rice is fried in a hot skillet along with soy sauce and sesame oil, then mixed with peas and corn, plenty of ham, tender eggs, and a generous handful of mushrooms to make this Fried Rice with Ham and Vegetables. When I tell you that this recipe is “Better Than Take-Out,” I’m not exaggerating. This wound up being our favorite meal all week.
As this rice was cooking, every single one of my boys wandered into the kitchen and asked what smelled so good for dinner. I let each of them “taste test” for me and they all rated it two thumbs up. My family polished this rice off at dinner without hesitation.
I’ve been making rice skillets and my own versions of fried rice for as long as I can remember. When I stumbled onto my friend Julie’s method of cooking the eggs first, basically in a flat pancake, and then dicing that up, I couldn’t resist trying it right away. Another thing that sets this method apart is the longer cooking time (over 5 minutes) with just the rice in the skillet with the sauce. It lets the flavor permeate each grain of rice and it crisps up a bit as well.
And when I say “longer cooking time,” don’t let that scare you away. Start to finish this entire recipe is still going to be done in 15-20 minutes. The extra 5 minutes spent with just the rice in the skillet makes all the difference!
This is hands-down the best fried rice I’ve ever made and it’s better than any fried rice I’ve had in a restaurant. It is top notch, not to be missed, better than take-out fried rice, and I will be making fried rice this way every time in the future.
The most important thing to follow in this recipe is making sure that the rice is COLD COLD COLD. I typically double the amount of rice we need anytime I’m cooking rice. That way I always have plenty of leftover cold rice to use a few days later.
Here are some more fried rice recipes you might like:
Salmon Fried Rice by Simply Recipes
Thai Fried Rice with Broccoli and Mushrooms by Oh My Veggies
Spinach and Pea Fried Rice by Simply Ella
Vegetable Sriracha Fried Rice by Bake Your Day
Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice by Just a Taste