bacon fried rice

by amy on 18 August 2011

after making + writing about so many healthy tomato-related recipes lately, i was ready the other night for some serious meaty comfort food. i don’t know about you, but when i think meat + comfort food, the first thing that pops to mind is BACON! i had bookmarked a few bacon fried rice recipes + decided that if ever was there a time to try out those recipes, the time was now.

sweet heavenly moses, did this hit the spot. the savory onions + garlic work perfectly with the salty bacon + soy sauce, while the peas + ginger add some lovely bright notes. i literally could not stop eating this, having it for dinner one night, breakfast the next morning + a late-night snack the following day. it reheats nicely (always a plus!) + pairs well with grilled chicken or fish (or your morning coffee). definitely put this one on your to-make list — you’ll be happy you did!

bacon fried rice

makes 4-6 servings, adapted from love and olive oil

ingredients

3 cups leftover white rice (i used jasmine rice)
4 slices bacon, diced
2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce, to taste
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

directions

cook bacon over medium high heat in large skillet until browned. drain all but two tablespoons of fat from pan + add onion, scallion. cook until softened, stirring occasionally, then add the garlic + cook for 1 minute more. add frozen peas + cook for another 2-3 minutes. transfer mixture into a bowl.

in the same skillet, lower heat to medium, add eggs + scramble. add eggs to the bowl with the bacon mixture. wipe out any residue from skillet + add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. turn heat to medium high. when oil is hot but not smoking, add cooked rice in an even layer in the pan. let rice sit, stirring occasionally, to allow it get brown + somewhat crispy. stir in bacon/onion mixture, egg, + soy sauce. remove skillet from heat + serve immediately.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessie August 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

This looks SOOO good … I need to try making this ASAP!

2 amy August 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

you will love it – it’s seriously delicious. let me know how it turns out for you! =)

3 Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 18, 2011 at 10:24 am

I made a healthy fried rice…and then discovered how insanely delicious it is with bacon. So much for healthy, but it’s totally worth it!

4 amy August 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

ha! i think i remember seeing that recipe on your blog a while back — am heading back to check it out again now. =)

5 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} August 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

Yum! I love making homemade fried rice…and I love bacon!! Definitely going to try this next time!

6 amy August 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

this was my first time making homemade fried rice + i was surprised at how simple it was. definitely adding fried rice to my easy-to-make side dish list!

7 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

Yummy!

8 Ally Garner August 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

The recipe is much simpler than i imagined after reading the title. I love it! Asian dishes can be so complicated & require items i rarely use. I REALLY appreciate that this one doesn’t require me to drive across town to the Oriental Grocer haha! It looks delicious Amy.

9 amy August 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

ally, it was super easy + amaaaazingly delicious. i didn’t even need to go to the store since i already had every ingredient in the house. win!

10 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I’m loving it! We make fried rice often at home, but I never thought of adding bacon. My husband is going to love this idea (he LOVES bacon but rarely gets to eat it since I do the shopping and typically buy turkey bacon–I know, soooo not the same). Can’t wait to try this!

11 amy August 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

i tried to like turkey bacon but haven’t been able to yet – maybe i just haven’t found the right brand. =) definitely give this a try for your husband – i wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, but it honestly turned out amazing, way better than i expected!

12 Stacy August 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Don’t have peas but have the bacon: ) making for snack later

13 amy August 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

awesome – you’re going to love it! you could substitute scallions, mushrooms (or really any other vegetable) for the peas, or just skip the veggies entirely. i won’t tell anyone. =)

14 Maris (In Good Taste) August 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I can see me making and loving this rice. I love the addition of the bacon. Must be so flavorful

15 amy August 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

maris, it’s delicious! you have to try it!

16 Marina August 19, 2011 at 2:13 am

This is fantastic.. I can’t wait to try this!

17 Curt August 19, 2011 at 6:25 am

That sounds really good. Bacon, eggs, onion, peas, rice, and not to mention I love ginger. A lot of things all combined that I like.

18 amy August 19, 2011 at 7:42 am

ditto – i love all the ingredients so i almost always have all of them in the house. extra perk of this dish — no need to go to the store for ingredients!

19 amy August 19, 2011 at 7:43 am

i can’t wait for you to try it either!

20 Vivek August 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

LOVE this idea!

21 amy August 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

it really was delicious – i think the smokier + thicker the bacon, the better for this dish. *you* could even make/use your own home-cured bacon. =)

22 tracey August 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Girl,ya had me at BACON!!!!I would totally eat this for breakfast with a nice fried egg(or two)right on top,Yummmmy.

23 amy August 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

excellent suggestion for my breakfast tomorrow morning! thank you very kindly. =)

24 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

super idea! My kids will be all over this one! They are obsessed with bacon. But really, who isn’t?

25 amy August 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

i know that i am! bacon definitely makes everything a little bit better.

26 dana @ my little celebration August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Ooh decadent! And oh-so genius!

27 amy August 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

it’s decadent + indulgent indeed. you gotta treat yourself sometimes!

28 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

YES!! My hubby loves ham fried rice – so why not bacon? Everything is better with bacon!

29 amy August 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

i would argue that this is even better than ham fried rice, although i’d love that, too. =)

30 CrumbGuy August 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

this. sounds. amazing.

can’t wait to try it!

31 amy August 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

listen, i’d be willing to fry you up a big ol’ batch of in exchange for some crumbteenies. just sayin’! =)

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