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Sara's Quick Fried Rice

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Rising food prices have forced consumers to become creative when it comes to making meals. But increased food costs don't mean you have to compromise on healthy meals.

Chef Sara Moulton has truly creative ways to save on your food budget, and the right recipes to make it happen.

This is not at all a traditional recipe for fried rice. I just made it up one night after opening the fridge and spying a leftover carton of take-out Chinese rice. The kids loved it, especially since I made a point of sautéing the rice until it was crispy.

Consider this recipe a blueprint for leftovers. In fact, whenever you boil rice, make a double recipe to guarantee leftovers. That way, you have an exciting side dish or the base for dinner a few nights later. This recipe calls for peppers, bacon, eggs, and peas. You could substitute broccoli, ham, and Cheddar cheese -- whatever you have kicking around in the fridge. Almost anything tastes good cooked in fried rice.


  • 6 thin slice bacon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked rice (can be leftovers from night before)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, or to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • Cooking Directions

    Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning often, until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces.

    Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion and peppers. Cook, stirring often, over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and reserve.

    Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the rice to the skillet, turn up the heat to medium-high, and stir until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

    Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the eggs, onion mixture, bacon, and peas. Cook stirring, until the eggs are cooked, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Turn out into a warmed serving bowl and garnish with the sliced scallions.

    Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton from her book "Sara Moulton Cooks at Home"; Broadway Books, 2002.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: rice, bacon, bell peppers, peas, soy sauce

    Course: Dinner, Main Course, Lunch

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