Bacon Fried Rice is loaded with delicious smokey goodness. It’s the perfect way to utilize leftover rice and is ready in only 15 minutes, which makes it perfect for weeknights or even breakfast!
If you are looking to jazz up your fried rice, Bacon Fried Rice is a fantastic solution! The bacon adds a unique yet irresistible smokey flavor. Bacon Fried Rice pairs well with most stir-fries, but awesome enough to stand alone as the main dish.
It takes only about 15 minutes to put this dish together so it is a perfect solution for a quick weeknight dinner, or even for breakfast. What a delicious way to enjoy your bacon and eggs!
Fried Rice Secrets
Making fried rice is a great way to utilize that leftover cooked rice in the fridge from last night’s takeout. In fact, rice that has been sitting in the fridge for a day or two yields excellent fried rice. The refrigerator dries out the rice just a little – this allows the rice grains to separate in the wok to get properly seasoned.
Take the rice out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking. Wash your hands, then use your wet fingers to break apart the clumps in the rice.
Got a sudden craving for fried rice today and can’t wait for the rice to sit in the fridge overnight? No problem! Cook the rice with about a cup less water than you would normally use. When cooked, fluff the rice with a pair of chopsticks or a fork, then let it sit uncovered until you are ready to fry the rice.
One of my favorite features of fried rice is its versatility. You can easily make this recipe your own by substituting shrimp for chicken, pork or beef, or by adding more of your favorite vegetables.
How to Make Bacon Fried Rice
Crack 3 eggs into a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper, then beat lightly.
Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a wok over medium heat. As soon as the wok is up to temperature (it will start to smoke), pour the eggs into the wok. Leave the eggs untouched for about 20 seconds to allow it to set at the bottom before scrambling them.
Use your wok spatula to scramble the eggs. As soon as the eggs are cooked, remove them from the wok and set aside.
Add 4 strips of bacon (cut into 1/2 inch pieces) to the wok. Stir-fry the bacon until cooked. If you prefer your bacon crispy, keep frying until the bacon is a darker brown.
As soon as the bacon is cooked, add 1/2 an onion (chopped) to the wok.
When the onion turns slightly translucent, add 1/3 cup of frozen peas and carrots. It’s alright to add the peas and carrots straight from the freezer, but ensure that the wok is hot again before adding the shrimp.
Add 1/2 pound of medium shrimp. Tip: cut the shrimp into halves or thirds to get more shrimp in each bite.
As soon as the shrimp are cooked, add 4 cups of white rice to the wok. As mentioned earlier, the rice should be leftover rice that has been sitting in the fridge overnight. Give all the ingredients a good stir to combine them.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce to the rice.
Use your wok spatula to give the rice a good stir distribute the seasoning.
This would be a good time to give the rice a quick taste test. Season with more soy sauce or salt to your taste if needed.
Return the scrambled eggs to the wok, and add 1/2 cup of chopped scallions.
Stir well to combine all ingredients.
That’s all there is to it! Serve the Bacon Fried Rice with your favorite stir-fries, or on its own as a main dish.
Bacon Fried Rice
- 3 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 strips bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1/3 cup frozen peas and carrots
- 1/2 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined
- 4 cups cooked rice left in the fridge overnight
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Season with a dash of pepper and a pinch of salt, then beat lightly.
- Heat cooking oil in a wok over medium-high heat. When the wok starts to smoke, pour the eggs into the wok. Leave untouched for about 20 seconds to allow the egg to set at the bottom.
- Scramble the eggs, then remove them from the wok.
- Add bacon to the wok. Stir-fry until slightly brown. Fry till dark brown if you like your bacon crispy.
- Add chopped onion to the wok. Stir-fry until the onion turns slightly translucent, then add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir-fry for about 1 minute.
- Add the shrimp to the wok. Stir-fry until cooked (this should take less than 1 minute).
- Add the rice to the wok, then stir to combine all ingredients.
- Drizzle the soy sauce over the rice. Give everything a good stir to season all of the rice. Do a quick taste test; add more soy sauce or salt to your taste if needed.
- Return scrambled eggs to the wok, followed by the chopped scallions. Stir well to combine all ingredients.