Simple, healthy and delicious fried rice. Is it possible? Our friend Leah Singer of Leah’s Thoughts (she’s also Red Tricycle’s San Diego Editor) shared with us her favorite kid-approved fried rice recipe, which is broken down into 5 easy steps. So the next time you want to order out greasy Chinese food, opt for Leah’s version instead.

2 cups rice, cooked (both brown and white rice works equally well)
2 Tbsp. oil (peanut or vegetable oil)
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. minced ginger (I use pre-crushed jarred ginger — so much easier!)
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (more if you want it spicy)
1/2 tsp. sesame oil (dark)
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 egg
2 scallions, chopped
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

OPTIONAL: Chopped cooked chicken, shrimp, bacon

1.  Heat the oil in a wok or large saute pan. Turn the heat down and add the garlic and ginger, stirring quickly so they do not burn.

2.  Once the spices are browned, add the cooked rice and toss to coat. Add to the rice mixture: red pepper flakes, sesame oil and soy sauce. Stir together.

3.  At this point, make a hole in the middle of the rice and crack an egg into the hole. As the egg heats, scramble it together; and once it’s cooked, combine with the rice. Turn off the heat, and add the scallions and sesame seeds.

4.  If you want to add meat to this dish and make it a main course, add chopped cooked chicken, shrimp or bacon now.

5.  Taste the rice to see if it needs more soy sauce, salt or pepper. Do not add salt until after you’ve tasted because soy sauce can be quite salty.


Leah Singer is Red Tricycle San Diego Editor, a freelance writer and a practicing speechwriter. She shares many family-friendly recipes, as well as stories of motherhood, craft ideas, writing, and other such topics at Leah’s Thoughts. Read more about Leah at: