Gardens are fun inspiration for new food combinations in the kitchen, aren’t they? I really enjoyed the zucchini in this version of fried rice. I was in the mood for fried rice and this was a great way to use the morning’s harvest.
It is always nice to find a different way to serve the zucchini that has been appearing at our table several times a week.
The rice and vegetables alone would make a great side dish with fish or chicken. I chose to serve it even more simply with just eggs, scrambled for the kids and runny on top for the adults. This was a delicious one dish summer meal.
Zucchini Fried Rice
- 1/2 large red bell pepper cut into 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 yellow onion cut into 1/2" pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 " piece ginger peeled and cut into very thin matchsticks
- 3 small squash cut into 1/2" pieces, about 2 cups worth
- 1 large handful baby spinach about 2 cups worth
- 2-4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups cooked cold rice I used Jasmine rice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and cook the eggs, scrambling them gently, just until set. Remove to a cutting board and set aside. Combine the vinegar, soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a very large skillet, over medium high heat, warm the oil. Add the bell peppers and onion and saute for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic and ginger and toss to combine. Continue tossing and cooking for 2 more minutes, until the peppers are beginning to soften.
- Add the squash and cook just 2 or 3 minutes, until it is barely softened. Add the cold rice and toss to combine. Cook for 2 minutes or so, just until the rice is warm. Add the spinach and stir or toss to combine. Cook a minute or 2, until the spinach begins to wilt.
- Add the sauce mixture and stir to coat the rice and vegetables well. Continue stirring, for just a minute, until the liquids are absorbed. Roughly chop the waiting eggs on the cutting board and add them at this point OR skip the scrambled eggs and top the vegetables and rice with a runny egg. Enjoy!
17 Comments Leave a comment or review
This sounds delicious – and so does the zucchini bread that you posted a year ago! I'm going to check out that recipe too.
Tricia @ saving room for dessert says
Very nice Mary! I love fried rice and this is a great addition. Thanks for your inspiration!
This looks fantastic, Mary! What a great twist on such a common dish 🙂
Athena @ Lifes Abundant Adventures says
Oh doesn't that melty egg on top look delish!! That's my kinda dish!
Sue/the view from great island says
I love the one year ago today feature, I got lost in your zucchini bread and muffins links!
Jed Gray (sportsglutton) says
Great combination of flavors and the egg on top is perfection to me. 🙂
Hope you've been well Mary while I've been away from the blogging world. Cheers!
This looks so much more flavorful than what we normally get at our Chinese restaurant. Thank you for brightening my day…and making my stomach grumble (just before lunch…perfect!) I hope you have a fabulous week!
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Homemade fried rice is one of my favorite things! YUM! I also love the idea of the egg on top instead of mixed in…YUM!
I love the bright colors that come out of gardens, and fried rice is a great use for them!
Just a gorgeous bowl! Can you believe it is June and I have no zucchini in the fridge?
This is truly not your typical fried rice recipe. I love how light and summer-like it looks. I'm passing your recipe along. 🙂
Words Of Deliciousness says
This a great way to use your zucchini. I love the colors of the dish.
Very summery with beautiful colors and flavors!
nancy at good food matters says
I found 2 little zucchinis in my garden yesterday, with more on the way. In another week or so, we'll have a bounty. we need lots of good recipes for this abundant summer squash–and this one looks delicious, especially with an egg on top!
Looks great! When you say "runny egg", do you mean an already runny egg or should a raw egg be dropped on the rice mixture and be allowed to "poach" until it's runny?
I cooked the eggs in a skillet just until the whites were cooked through and the yolks were still runny. Good Luck!
Your zucchini fried rice has become a favorite in my house, and we add a little bit of chicken to that to stretch it and bulk it up. My husband requested it on my meal calendar for three weeks in a row!