Fried rice is such a comfort food. I’m sure everyone likes it. It’s really a meal on a plate. I was very surprised when I came to Scotland and found that restaurants even sell egg fried rice…only with eggs! That shows how popular fried rice is in this part of the world. To me, I don’t think it’s any worth the money paid. Cooked at home, you enjoy all the good quality ingredients, eat your heart’s out and save a lot of money. I think my plate of fried rice will have to cost at least £15 here with so many king prawns, herbs and other good quality ingredients used. I have eaten a very simple country fried rice that cost about £8.20! There were very few ingredients in it. Home cooked food is still the best!
I am a great prawns or shrimps lover. You can find a lot of prawn recipes in my Recipes section. I love it cooked in all ways. When I saw a fried rice dish at Kathleen’s blog yesterday, RedKathy at Are You Hungry, I knew I had to cook it. There were so many prawns there. It just looked too good to pass. Talk about being impulsive, I can be a very impulsive shopper, cook and eater! I had to cook it for dinner which was just about 1 hour to go. By the way, Kathleen is a very friendly food blogger and has many wonderful dishes on her blog. Do visit her blog and leave comments in the comment box. You’ll make her day.
There are always prawns in my fridge or freezer. I was so happy that there was a big packet of ready cooked king prawns. That’s it….my secret ingredients. Then I love herbs, too….always some in the fridge. I love the smell of coriander, mint and basil. My family really loves my all herbs soup rice, Healthy Thunder Tea Rice (Lei Cha). We eat that at least once a week. It’s a very healthy rice meal.
Well, I’m sure king prawns and herbs fried rice will be a great meal on a cold winter day. The herbs give this fried rice a lovely aroma. If you don’t like herbs, then you won’t like this fried rice. You can substitute it with thinly sliced green beans or peas.
I also love to use fried shallots and it’s oil. It gives a lovely fragrance to any dish. For quicker cooking, I used the dried onions that I bought from Costco. It works like miracle…so easy to use. Just add some oil (I always use olive oil) and the dried onions to the pan together. Turn on the heat, low to medium heat, and keep stirring. It browns very fast. When it turns light brown, pour it into a heat proof container. It will continue to brown. But should it turn a little too brown, just add some cold oil to it. I love to sprinkle it on soup or salad.
Here is my King Prawns And Herbs Fried Rice recipe. It’s very simple, easy and quick to cook. This is enough for 3-4 persons.
1 & 1/2 C rice (washed and cooked)
400g cooked king prawns
1 long red sweet pepper (or chillies)
1 bunch of coriander (washed and chopped)
1 bunch of mint (washed and chopped)
3 eggs (beaten to make omelette)
Ingredients B (seasoning)
fried shallot oil
light soya sauce
Cook the rice first. I actually prefer to use rice that has just been cooked which is hot as opposed to using left over cold rice. I find it easier and quicker to cook. Add the fried onion oil and seasoning and fry until fragrant. Adjust the seasonings. I used more sea salt and little light soya sauce because I don’t want the rice to look dark. This is really individual preference. We like it more peppery so I added quite a lot of pepper powder.
I don’t use rice cooker to cook rice. It’s very easy to cook rice in a pot over fire. I can cook the other dishes while taking care of the rice. Time it well and everything will be cooked all at the same time and you can enjoy a hot meal. To learn how to cook rice in a pot over fire, click on How To Cook Rice In A Pot. This method of using finger is good when you cook Thai jasmine rice which is my favourite rice. If you use brown rice which absorbs more water, you have to add more water.
Add all the rest of the other ingredients to the rice.
Mix everything up. I like to work with 2 spatulas. It makes stirring easier. This should be fast. Dish up and enjoy. You can eat this with other dishes if you like. We had it with fried green beans and sticky pork ribs. What a wonderful dinner!
Other fried rice recipes that you may be interested in:
Delicious Spam Fried Rice
Special Fried Rice (cooked by daughter)
Malaysian Country Fried Rice
Fried Rice (cooked by daughter)
Delicious Fried Rice Parcel
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