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How to Make Easy Fried Rice

How to make easy fried rice with bacon! Steamed rice is stir fried with crispy bacon and a mix of frozen vegetables. It will become your favourite weeknight meal!

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Easy fried rice! Oh, I love this name! In my busy world of being a mum to a toddler girl, housewife, and blogger, I’m always in need of quick and easy meals. But seriously, who doesn’t like the idea of quick and easy meals?!

And…whether you agree or disagree with me, I don’t think Korean food belongs in this category. Most Korean meals take a fair bit of time to prepare. This is particularly true if you’re preparing a meal “The True Korean Way”.

It includes rice, soup or stew and various side dishes. This can easily take 2+ hours for just one meal. (Though, if you make a large volume of everything, they can be easily served with like 5 mins prep time at the next meal and the next meals after that. Cool, ha?)

Anyhow, quick and easy to prepare one bowl meal, such as easy fried rice has been my best friend for a long time if not forever.  I particularly love making it with some smoked bacon and frozen mixed vegetables as they are easy to prepare.

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Some Facts about My Easy Fried Rice

  • The general Korean word for fried rice is Bokkeum Bap (볶음밥). Bokkeum = (Stir) Fried, Bap = Rice
  • This recipe is not necessarily how typical Koreans would cook it. It’s just how I do it at home.
  • Also, frankly, I don’t even use a measuring spoon when I make fried rice but I did this time so that you can follow it properly. 🙂
  • So easy and quick to make. It takes about 20 mins from the start to finish!  (so long as you already have some rice in your rice cooker on the bench or in the fridge as leftover.)
  • Like most fried rice dishes, it reheats well. So it will be perfect for your next day lunchbox.

So here’s my take on easy fried rice. I hope you enjoy it! And tell me, how do you cook your easy fried rice?

My take on 'Easy Fried Rice' - Cooked with crispy bacon and a mix of frozen vegetables. Ready in 20 mins. It's quick and easy! Delicious, of course!

Ingredients for Easy Fried Rice (for 2 large servings)

  • 2 cups steamed rice, cooled down – I used short grain rice but long grain rice should work as well.
  • 4 rindless bacon rashers (100g, 3.5 ounces), thinly chopped
  • Frozen mixed vegetables (150g, 5.3 ounces), thawed
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp msg free oyster sauce (can be substituted with soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Some cooking oil – I used rice bran oil.
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • Fine sea salt to taste (optional) – Though I didn’t use it.

*1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

How to Make Easy Fried Rice

1. Preheat a skillet/wok on medium high heat and once heated add a thin layer of cooking oil. Add the bacon and stir constantly until fully cooked (about 3 mins).

Easy Fried Rice - cooking bacon

2. Add the vegetables and cook until tender (about 3 to 4 mins). Stir constantly. Reduce the heat to low. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and mix them well and quickly with the rest of ingredients in the skillet.

Easy Fried Rice - cooking vegetables with the sauce

3. Add the rice and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients in the skillet. Add the green onion, sesame oil and sesame seeds and mix them lightly with the rice. Serve.

Easy Fried Rice - cooking rice with the rest of ingredients

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Note

  • Check this article to learn how to cook perfect Korean rice.
  • For stir frying, slightly drier rice cooks better without going gluey. So typically, it is recommended to use 1 to 2 days old rice. But if you can manage the water amount, you can use freshly steamed rice as well. Just make the rice intentionally drier by adding slightly less water when you steam it.
  • My mixed vegetables include broccoli, carrots, sweet corn and beans. Since I’m using packaged ones, I make sure at least all the ingredients are locally (Australian) grown. By all means, you can use fresh vegetables.
  • If you liked my easy fried rice with bacon recipe, you might also like my Kimchi fried rice recipe.


My take on 'Easy Fried Rice' - Cooked with crispy bacon and a mix of frozen vegetables. Ready in 20 mins. It's quick and easy! Delicious, of course! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

How to Make Easy Fried Rice

Super easy fried rice recipe with bacon and frozen vegetables
4.58 from 7 votes
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 1114

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steamed rice , cooled down – I used short grain rice but long grain rice should work as well.
  • 4 rindless bacon rashers (100g, 3.5 ounces), thinly chopped
  • 150 g Frozen mixed vegetables (5.3 ounces), thawed
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp msg free oyster sauce , can be substituted with soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp green onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Some cooking oil – I used rice bran oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • Fine sea salt , to taste (optional) – Though I didn’ use it.

Instructions

  • Preheat a skillet/wok on medium high heat and once heated add a thin layer of cooking oil. Add the bacon and stir constantly until fully cooked (about 3 mins).
  • Add the vegetables and cook until tender (about 3 to 4 mins). Stir constantly. Reduce the heat to low. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and mix them well and quickly with the rest of ingredients in the skillet.
  • Add the rice and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients in the skillet. Add the green onion, sesame oil and sesame seeds and mix them lightly with the rice. Serve.

Notes

1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

Nutrition

Calories: 1114kcal
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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24 thoughts on “How to Make Easy Fried Rice”

  1. I haven’t used bacon myself but it sounds tasty. I use 1 Tbsp. coconut oil to fry veggies at the beginning and it really gives nice flavour. I always cook enough rice so that I have some left over for the next meal, like fried rice. As you said it is very quick to fix and make an excellent side dish with grilled trout. I only use a little soy sauce, a little sprinkle of Herbamare, and of course some sesame oil and sesame seed to bring full flavour. Very simple. Oh, just in case you haven’t heard about Herbamare it is a mixture of many different herbs and sea salt. You can get it at heath food store. I use it for just about everything to give flavour.

  2. I cook a lot of Asian stuff and (very long story) belong to a Korean church

    Most Korean food around here is simply not of the same quality as Sue tells us how to do – one of her recipes I did for four friends and a week later was asked to repeat it for thirty!

    Also her style makes you WANT to do it well – you’re not just following a checklist

    Much so with this rice dish – it isn’t new but her instructions make it very hard to not succeed

    Some people earn respect. Sue is one of these

  3. I love that this is egg-free (I’m allergic)! I’m guessing the bacon helps with the proper amount of oil for fried rice. I’ll be giving this a try next week for sure.

  4. I do it pretty much the same but as a non meat eater, I add tofu or very rarely, fried egg. We never have left overs as we eat it ALL. I very much enjoy your meatless meals, but it is not difficult to just make your meals sans the meat. Keep up the good work, or as they say in the dramas, “fighting”.

    • Thanks Kathryn, We don’t often have leftovers either, unless I intentionally make it a lot with some leftover in mind for the next day. 🙂

  5. Hi Sue thanks for your easy version, l worked 6 years in a Chinese restaurant we would mix seasoning, fried egg with cold rice(24 hrs old) throw a serve in wok fry with bbq pork,ham,green peas,small prawns,a little soy finish off with chopped shallots.

  6. Well, I was making a simple chicken salad for dinner, but now I want fried rice. So simple, yet so satisfying. I don;t eat bacon, so I usually make mine with either shrimp or tofu and fried egg. I skip the oyster sauce and instead add a touch of mirin for the sweetness. And, for flavor, I used a dab of butter and/or sesame oil in with my regular canola or grape seed oil (grape seed oil is great because you can really crank up the heat without it smoking). Always use sesame seeds and vegetables. And, my secret ingredient: day old rice. It lends a fantastic texture to the dish that fresh rice just can’t. I use an electric skillet for maximum surface so the rice will brown. Mine takes about 30-40 minutes, but I do move slowly so it might be faster for you.

  7. I paid attention @ the word “Easy”, got hooked with the mention of “bacon”..

    At times I will pass on making fried rice because my recipe takes more work than I wish to put in at that time (old age will do that to you)..

    This is a simple, flavorful recipe for 2.. Perfect for us…

    Thank you… :O)

  8. What I like about this variation is the Roasted Sesame seeds. I had forgotten about Sesame seeds, but they do add an aroma and taste that is amazing. It makes this dish. Yum Yum Yum.

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