Breakfast Fried Rice

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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?
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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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about 1 month ago Charlotte Wanner

I was thinking about making this for a dinner. What would you serve on the side with it? thanks!

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about 1 month ago Caryn Baumgartner

Just tried this dish...after reading some of the comments I was very conscious of the amount of soy I used. I also tasted the leftover rice to gauge its level of saltiness. I cut back by a few tablespoons, but should have cut back more. Next time I will also reduce the vinegar a bit. All in all a satisfying dish.

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4 months ago ARay

Looks super delicious, totally going to try ... These are cool variations, everyone! Thanks! In particular, anyone have a suggestion if I wanted to use something other than green onion? Kimchi?

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4 months ago Kaitlin Forster

Honestly you can use any veggie you like. I use shredded carrot, shredded sweet potato, and often throw in leftover roasted veggies from dinner. You can also substitute leftover millet for the rice if you feel like changing it up.

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4 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Yes, kimchi is a great compliment to a fried rice dish. When my dad made this for us as kids, he'd just throw in whatever was around. So things like leftover veggies or even pork make great additions. I hope you enjoy the dish!

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5 months ago Carl

Similar to what we do. Shredded ham or lop chang (Chinese sausage) are good additions or alternatives to bacon. We also like a little oyster sauce and/or fish soy added to give it even more flavor. Ever try a small amount of shrimp paste in the rice-Yummy.

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5 months ago Kevin French

Super easy and amazing flavors. Kept the white rice from the Korean restaurant that we could not finish the prior night, and used it this morning. Scrambled the eggs and folded in at the end instead of the fried eggs on top, as one kid doesn't like eggs. A huge hit amongst the family. We will def make this again - and eat out more often at asian restaurants as an "excuse" for our newly discovered breakfast!

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5 months ago Paul Kern

Delicious recipe, I added pulled pork instead of bacon and a big hit! Want to make a perfect egg every time and eliminate the butter? Use a mug 3/4 full of water, add 1-2 eggs (I suggest two
per bowl), microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds (that's for two eggs, 1m5secs for one egg). Perfect poached egg every time, and as this recipe says the yolk is the sauce so this works great! !

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7 months ago Kaitlin Forster

I eat some version of this just about everyday for breakfast. So easy on the stomach and a good filling meal to start the day. I will throw in shredded broccoli and/or carrot along with the onions for some extra veggies (I even throw in leftover roasted veggies if I have them). If you haven't tried cooking your egg directly in your rice and then adding some water to steam it at the end, give it a try. It almost makes a little rice patty that is just delicious (plus you don't have to clean another pan). Also love to top this with 1/4 of a ripe avocado if I have some and will sometimes use coconut aminos instead of some or all of the soy sauce (flavor is a tad sweet, but not overly so - I generally add them at the table rather than during the cooking process).

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7 months ago Wicko

Thanks for this! Easy, delicious and filling.

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8 months ago taxidog

Yum! I have eggs and rice for breakfast all the time! I like brown rice with some kimchee chopped and sauteed in it. This sounds great.

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8 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Interesting additions - reminds me of a bbq sauce I make :)

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8 months ago Benedict Murray

I make a breakfast thing like this. 1 big addition. Add 1 tablespoon of ketchup and yellow mustard to the soy sauce and mix together before you add the soy to the rice.

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9 months ago Eddie

chuck in mushroom and capsicum, fuckn good

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5 months ago Paul Kern

Great sentiment, the swearing didn't add/detracted from your comments.

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9 months ago marlene muzii

Great recipe, but too much salt.

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9 months 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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10 months 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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10 months ago Kathleen @HapaNom

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

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about 1 year ago stephanie

it looks so jomy

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about 1 year 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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about 1 year ago Kathleen @HapaNom

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

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about 1 year 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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about 1 year ago Jason Kim

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

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about 1 year 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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about 1 year ago jy196

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

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about 1 year ago Kathleen @HapaNom

Mmm….I love kimchi!

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about 1 year 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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about 1 year 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!