Breakfast Fried Rice

By • March 24, 2014 • 45 Comments



Author Notes: When you think of breakfast, fried rice is probably not the first thing that pops into your head. In fact, it may be nowhere on your radar. Growing up with a Japanese father, we always had a pot of cooked rice at the ready and when we had leftovers (which was often), my father would make breakfast fried rice in the morning. This is my take on a childhood favorite.Kathleen @HapaNom

Food52 Review: WHO: Kathleen @ hapanom is a food blogger from Atlanta.
WHAT: A delicious — and compelling — reason to eat rice for breakfast.
HOW: Fry up some bacon, then some scallions and rice — top it all with an egg.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a warm, filling breakfast we can actually see ourselves making before we dash out the door for work — it’s fast, without a ton of prep, and it’s everything we want, exactly when we want it. Because why should you have to wait until dinner for fried rice?
A&M

Serves 2

  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups day-old cooked rice, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  1. In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning it until it's browned evenly. Remove the bacon from the pan and let drain on paper towels. Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, roughly chop.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the sesame oil until shimmering. Add 2 of the sliced green onions, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked rice, breaking up any large clumps. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, bacon, toasted sesame seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to fully incorporate the ingredients and cook for 5 minutes, or until warmed through.
  4. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the butter. Crack the eggs into the skillet and immediately cover the pan with a lid. Cook until the egg white is cooked through and the egg yolk is barely set, approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Place a fried egg on top of each bowl of breakfast fried rice and garnish with the remaining sliced green onion. Serve immediately, being sure to break the yolk over the rice so it can act like a sauce.
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10 days ago marlene muzii

Great recipe, but too much salt.

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10 days ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Oh no! The excess salt could be from the type of soy sauce you used. Depending on the brand and its use, soy sauce can vary tremendously in taste, smell, and even texture! For this particular recipe I used Kikkomon Less Sodium, which has a distinctly lighter taste than its regular counterpart. If you used light/low sodium soy sauce and still found it too salty, then I would recommend starting with 1/4 cup, and then adding more if desired. I hope this helps! :)

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about 1 month ago Lindsey

Have made this for breakfast five times in the last few weeks (makes a great quick breakfast for bar studying!). Thanks so much for the recipe!

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about 1 month ago Kathleen @HapaNom

I'm so glad you have enjoyed the dish! Good luck on the bar!

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3 months ago stephanie

it looks so jomy

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4 months ago Gisele Jaquenod

Just finished eating this about 15 minutes ago and I have to say THANKS FOR THE RECIPE! This was incredible :D Made it as a surprise breakfast at home and it was super popular!

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Hi Gisele! Thanks! I'm so glad you liked the dish!

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4 months ago Double Helping

This was salty for my taste and heavy on the bacon too, but overall still tasty. Love that you eat fried rice for breakfast. I've been doing the same since childhood too!

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4 months ago Jason Kim

this is great! i just made me some kimchi fried rice not too long ago. good stuff! ^^

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

I just made kimchi last night - love it! I'll have to give it a try on some fried rice.

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4 months ago jy196

This is also totally delicious if you fry some kimchi with the bacon.

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Mmm….I love kimchi!

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4 months ago JenJack

This was fantastic! Made slight change, so I could use only 2 pans. I cooked the scallions in the bacon grease, and added the sesame oil on top of the rice before the soy sauce/rice vinegar. So, so good!

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

That does sound delicious! As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with cooking something in bacon grease! I'm so glad you enjoyed the dish!

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4 months ago Reiss

have you got nutritional information for this? specifically carbs and protein?

Me3

4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Hi Reiss. Thanks for checking out the recipe. I'm sorry but I don't have the nutritional information. I'm not a nutritionist, so the best I can say is to add up the individual ingredients.

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4 months ago Dee Thomas

Un-believable, was just talking about this favorite dish to some co-workers and low and behold….Ta-daa her it is. Looks dee-licious!!!!

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Don't you love when that happens?! I hope you enjoy!

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4 months ago Tom

Looks really good. I got hooked on fried rice for breakfast years ago in Beijing. But I didn't get the egg on top there ... Yum!

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Thanks! I hope you try it with the egg - the yolk creates a wonderful sauce over the rice!

Me3

4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Thank you, Joy!

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4 months ago Joy Belamarich

this looks bomb-diggity. Can't wait to make it!

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5 months ago DawnD

I love this breakfast! I got this same recipe five or six years ago from a NY Times Mark Bittman video. So good!

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Thanks! I hope you like this version too!

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5 months ago Annie stader

In my haste to post I left out "rice"...

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5 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

No worries, I do it all the time. I'm so glad you like the recipe and I hope you enjoy!

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5 months ago Annie stader

This looks so delicious! I often make a quicky friedfor breakfast but this is an elevated and easy update. Thank you and your Japanese roots!

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5 months ago BavarianCook

This sounds so yummy, I am cooking extra rice tonight, so I will have plenty leftover to make this Sunday morning. Congratulations and thank you!!

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5 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Thanks! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Let me know how it turns out!

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5 months ago sil entre jardins

Hi Kathleen, congrats!! I'll try this savoury breakfast next time there's left over rice in the fridge, with some greens instead of bacon though (or coconut bacon!).
It seems like a lovely breakfast with an exotic feeling to it.

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5 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

They make coconut bacon!? I'll have to try that! I was a vegetarian for 12 years (until I went to school in Italy and discovered prosciutto), so I can certainly appreciate good meat substitutions :)

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5 months ago mary

That egg looks amazing!

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5 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Thanks!

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5 months ago Sietske van Schaik

Sounds like my normal fried rice recipe, it always has bacon (or ham, or leftover pork) and green onions with a fried egg on top *laugh* what makes it breakfast? (Not to say I wouldn't eat this in a heartbeat!)

Also, being Dutch... we slather it with peanut sauce. That would make it a little more breakfast, right?

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5 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Thanks for the comment. You're right! This is not what many people would call a traditional breakfast - certainly you could eat a variation of this dish anytime of day. However, the Japanese tend not to have much of a distinction between breakfast and the rest of the days meals. As a child, I can remember coming downstairs in the morning and seeing my father eating Miso Soup - I'm sure that sounds rather strange to most, but for most Asian cultures that's pretty common. Try it for breakfast - I'm sure you'll love it!