Egg Roll Fried Rice is the perfect weeknight meal and comes together in a snap. The whole family will love this fun take on an old favorite.
When I was a kid, Chinese food was my all-time favorite food. If my dad – a single dad stuck with 2 teenage kids and zero cooking skills – would give me free reign to choose takeout for dinner, I always chose our favorite local Chinese food restaurant. It’s still one of my favorite foods – give me lo mien and sesame chicken any day of the week and I’ll be one happy lady.
Luckily, the boys (Alex included!) enjoy it as well. While we occasionally get take out, we tend to make our own at home more and more often these days. It’s a more cost-efficient way to enjoy the food you love and there is no packing the kids up to go pick it up or paying a driver a tip for delivery.
I’m a big fan of sneaking veggies into foods my boys already love, which is how this Egg Roll Fried Rice came about. Ryan and Owen love rice but aren’t always willing to go for veggies. I love serving up fried rice because so long as I chop the veggies up small, they either a. don’t even notice they’re eating vegetables or b. are forced to eat them because picking out tiny veggie pieces between rice grains is kind of totally impossible. So it’s a win-win for me. Okay, it’s a win-win-lose, because oh my goodness, the mess those boys make when they eat rice is kind of obscene.
Anyway, when I first made this recipe, it was because I was craving an egg roll but knew there was no way I would have the time or patience to roll up egg rolls for everyone. So instead, I used our beloved fried rice as a vehicle to cure my craving – and man, was that an amazing idea.
Egg Roll Fried Rice takes your two Chinese food takeout favorites – egg rolls and fried rice – and mixes them into one family please, veggie packed dinner. The pork and cabbage mixture you typically find in egg rolls is fried along with your normal fried rice ingredients in a one pan dinner sure to please.
It’s also super customizable – switch up the frozen veggies – the boys love peas and corn but really anything smaller (or chopped) would work, so spinach or chopped broccoli would also be a perfect addition. Leave out the eggs, add-in extra, use brown rice instead of white rice, add even more coleslaw to increase the veggie to rice ratio, omit the meat, try beef – whatever works for your family, try it!
I recommend starting with just a couple of tablespoons at first when it comes to the soy sauce, especially if you’re feeding it to kiddos. I don’t give a specific amount because I believe everyone’s palette is different and if your rice or cabbage is drier, you might need more/less. So start small and work your way up to more.
Egg Roll Fried Rice
2-3 cups of leftover rice (I use white since I’m not a brown fan, but brown would work as well.)
1 package of coleslaw mix or 3-4 cups of finely sliced cabbage and some julienned carrots.
.5 cup frozen peas
.5 cup of frozen corn
.5 small onion, diced small
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch of ginger, peeled and grated
1 dash of sesame oil (optional)
3/4 pound ground pork or beef
1 TBS of lime or rice wine vinegar
Scramble eggs with about a teaspoon of soy sauce and cook in a pan with a little oil before setting aside.
Add ground pork (or beef) to a large pan over medium heat. As the pork begins to render, add in the onion, garlic, and ginger. When the pork is cooked through, drain all but 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil.
Add lime juice or vinegar and coleslaw and saute with the pork mix. If you wish to have crisper cabbage, also add in the rice at this point. I like mine cooked through and soft, so I usually wait a minute or two, and then add the rice. You can also add your egg and sesame oil now. Stir often to avoid sticking for about 1-2 minutes until the rice is heated through, and then add 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Taste before adding more.
In the final minute, add your frozen veggies. Even after you turn your heat off, they veggies will quickly defrost and become the perfect level of cooked. They will also cool it down a bit so your egg roll fried rice isn’t a billion degrees.
So tell me – What’s your favorite combination of foods? Favorite spin on an old favorite? Let me know in the comments!
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