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What’s for Dinner?

Last night I was in a rice kind of mood… there was white wine in the fridge and shrimp in the freezer, so I was planning on making shrimp risotto.  But then I spotted my friend Heather‘s status on Facebook… first she was craving sushi, and then she got her wish–dinner at our favorite sushi steakhouse restaurant.  Color me jealous (and a little homesick)!  So when I asked Twitter and Facebook which it should be–shrimp risotto or chicken fried rice–Heather voted for the latter and it was decided!

I had some leftover chicken from the other night, so I just needed to add some fried rice for the authentic Umi experience… well, a huge open griddle and a chef would be really authentic, but I had to make do without!  I’ve never made fried rice before, but there’s a Benihana Fried Rice recipe going around Pinterest, so it’s been on my mind recently.  (By the by, Pinterest is awesome… but that may be the subject of another post!  Follow me if you’re on it–my username is ladykatie32)  I just googled “Benihana fried rice” and followed this recipe, but I heeded the comments and made a few tweaks myself.  I didn’t have carrots on hand, so I added peas instead, and everyone said day-old or cold rice worked best, so I put the rice in the fridge for about half an hour.

So basically, the recipe below is slightly adapted.

Fried Rice


  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion (I don’t like onions, so I used about 1/4 cup and froze the rest of the chopped onion)
  • 1 cup carrots and/or peas
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce (I don’t think I used this much, I just splashed it around a few times)


  1. Cook rice according to package directions, and set aside in fridge.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet.  Add onions and carrots/peas; saute until onions are translucent.  Set aside.
  3. Lightly grease another skillet.  Beat eggs.  Pour into hot skillet.  Cook as you would scrambled eggs.

  4. Combine rice, vegetables, and eggs.  Add soy sauce to taste.  Stir.

    (The recipe said to add salt and pepper to taste, but the soy sauce made it plenty salty for me, so I left that out.)
This recipe is for Heather–miss you!  Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “What’s for Dinner?

  1. I love making fried rice! I did it once and meticulously followed a recipe, but I’ve gotten to where it’s one of the few things I feel comfortable just throwing together, because the proportions don’t matter a whole lot. I’ve found some frozen mixed vegetables (with corn, peas, carrots, and green beans) work well. Also, cold rice is definitely the key to make it “fry” and not just clump together. Yum! 🙂


    1. After making it once, I can definitely see how it’s a “wing it” recipe–but next time I’ll make it with leftover rice.. three pans is too much to clean for one side dish when I don’t have a dishwasher!


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