recipe · repurposing leftovers

DIY Fried Rice

I’m not terribly sure if you need a recipe for this but here’s what we do when we make fried rice. The amounts of each ingredient is very flexible–scale up if cooking for a crowd.


1 onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 cups cubed cooked leftover chicken or other cooked protein (we used leftovers from this meal)

2-3 cups cold, cooked rice (leftovers or make it a day ahead and refrigerate it)

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1-2 cups leftover vegetables–we used chopped up zucchini from the chicken dish and 3/4 cup of “coleslaw mix” (shredded cabbage and carrot) from sandwiches from last week

1/4-1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)

1-2 teaspoons sesame oil

2-3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 eggs, beaten


In a large skillet, saute the onions and garlic until the onion is translucent. Add the vegetables, meat and rice and saute about five minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil and soy sauce. Pour the eggs into the pan and stir fry, scrambling the eggs and heating through the whole mixture. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.