This Beef Fried Recipe is a taste of your favorite Chinese restaurant in the comfort of your own home.
Fried rice is easy to make, but there are two keys to cooking restaurant quality fried rice:
- use cold rice
- cook in a searing hot wok or skillet
Leftover rice is better than freshly steamed rice for fried rice because of the sticky starch. Even if you rinse the starch off of the rice, fresh rice can still stick to the pan and absorb the oil and make a mess.
BUT… you can make fresh rice for this dish and spread it on a baking sheet then stick it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before preparing.
I do not have a wok, but use my cast iron skillet on high. You want to sear the outside of the meat and rice instead of steaming it. Work in batches if you need to. If you overcrowd the pan it will cool off and you don’t get the right consistency.
Beef Fried Rice
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
- 1 pound flank steak thinly sliced in strips
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 medium carrot thinly sliced on a diagonal or chopped
- 2-3 thinly sliced green onions separating white and green parts
- 5 cups cold cooked rice
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
Prepare the beef
- Crush 6 cloves of garlic and shallot with a mortar and pestle (or with the back of a wooden spoon). Mash in salt and pepper. Put in a gallon size zip to lock bag. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, honey and flank steak. Shake to combine and coat the beef. Marinate at least 1 hour.
Prepare the Fried Rice
- Heat a wok or large skillet (preferably cast iron) on high heat. Cook the beef for about 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to the pan and reheat. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and white part of the green onions, cook for another 2 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the rice and peas and cook until heated, 3-5 minutes.
- If there is room in your pan, push the rice to one side and add eggs to the empty side and cook like scrambled eggs.
- If your pan is too crowded, either remove the rice and scramble the eggs in the pan, or scramble the eggs in a small skillet.
- Add the rice, eggs and beef to the pan with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and cook for a few minutes until everything is hot. Serve with the chopped green onion tops.
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