Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garlic Fried Rice for National Garlic Day

Garlic Fried Rice

Among the many perks I have being married to Mrs. Stuntman, one is my mother-in-law who is of Chinese descent. One evening she demonstrated my favorite Chinese dish, fried rice. There were a couple of things that stuck with me from it. First, it is imperative that the mise en place is completed before starting this dish because it cooks quickly. In fact, if you're preparing a protein to accompany this side dish, start this dish while you allow the protein to finish carryover cooking. Second, use little oil, or else the dish becomes a greasy mess.

The Challenge

Successfully execute an authentic Chinese staple.

The Source

This is a Crazy Foodie Stunts original recipe, adapted from my mother-in-law.


1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 large egg, beaten
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
3 cups cooked white long-grain rice, cooled
1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Flat leaf parsley sprigs, for garnish


1. In a large wok or non-stick skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the egg and cook until it solidifies, breaking it up into bite sizes pieces as it cooks, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Once completed, remove from the pan and set aside. Add the garlic to the hot oil and cook until it starts to brown, then add the rice and stir to incorporate the garlic with the rice, breaking up any clumps of rice along the way with your spoon. Add the frozen peas and carrots and stir until heated through, then add the eggs back in and the soy sauce. Stir to incorporate. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary, then serve on a warmed plate garnished with parsley sprigs family style.


I normally take pictures while I am preparing my food but in this case, I didn't have any time to do so because, as I stated above, the dish cooks quickly. This dish is also a great way to clean out the refrigerator because almost anything can be added to it. Got leftover chicken? Dice it up and throw it in with the peas and carrots.

Oh, I almost forgot to note, this dish was prepared to celebrate National Garlic Day and this post is part of a group of bloggers organized by Heather of girlichef. Please check out the other garlic dishes below. In addition, there's a giveaway of some pretty cool items and the details are below.

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  1. Oh my gosh, D.B... this looks CRAZY good!

  2. All I can say is yum,yum,yum! I love the sound of your garlic fried rice! Happy National Garlic Day!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  3. Family recipes are the best recipes, DB! I love garlic fried rice, and yours sounds and looks absolutely delicious! So happy that you joined in the National Garlic Day goodness ;).

  4. Yum! I've never been great at making fried rice - I'll have to give your recipe a try.

  5. We adore fried rice, DB, and after so many years in Asia, it's one of my quick go-to supper dishes. How great that you have a built in tutor in your mother in law. So glad you could join us for National Garlic Day!

  6. This sounds wonderful. I know what you mean about stir frying. My kitchen can look like a hurricane hit it when I'm done if I'm not careful.

  7. This looks just perfect. Thank you for sharing. Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  8. The one time I've tried to make fried rice so far it ended up a failed, burned up mess. I need to muster the courage to try again.

  9. Fried rice is one of my favourite things to cook and I don't know why but I've never thought of using garlic. What a fool I've been! This sounds delicious, DB. I can't wait to try your recipe. And you're absolutely right about the mise en place. Fried rice cooks so quickly that everything needs to be all organized and ready to go.

  10. I love fried rice and garlic sounds like a great addition.

  11. I'm excited to try Kudos Kitchen's Vampire Garlic Dip!


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