There is a lot of cookware one can use in cooking rice. Rice is a versatile meal that can be used as the main dish or as a side dish. The first thing that comes to a person’s mind when we hear a wok is frying, boiling, or steaming. No rice package will tell you how to prepare a bowl of rice on a wok. No need to figure it out by yourself. This article will guide on how to make fried rice on a wok without undercooking or burning it.
Choose the right wok
The secret to having well-cooked rice in a wok is by using the right type of cookware. Using the best work will bring amazing results in your stir-frying dishes. You can use a bottom or round-shaped wok for making stir-fried rice. However, some materials cook better compared to others. Carbon steel or cast iron wok best compared to non-stick woks.
Prepare the rice
Before anything else, make sure the rice to be cooked is clean. Measure the correct amount of rice for cooking. Clean the rice by washing and rinsing it until the water gets clear to release any dirt and other contaminants. Measure the right amount of water needed to boil the rice. Measure every one cup of long-grain rice, double the water; a ratio of 1:2. If you are using Jasmine rice for the fried rice, have a 1:1.5 ratio.
- 2 cups of long-grain rice
- Two tablespoons of oil
- 4 cups of water
- One chopped onion
- Diced baby carrots
- Two eggs
- Sesame oil
- Green peas
- Soy sauce
- Salt to taste
Pre-cook the rice
Pre-cook the rice first before frying it on a wok. Fried rice works better with long grains or jasmine rice. You will not have trouble fluffing it out or having it stick to the wok while stirring. Other rice types get stickier when cooked, and it’s hard to fry them on a wok. To be safe from sticking rice, do not soak it in water.
Pre-heat the wok first on high heat before starting to cook. Alternatively, you can use leftover rice. It doesn’t need much work like cooking and fluffing out the rice. However, if you have it all the time, make some fresh rice.
If you are using fresh rice, wash it with cold water to remove any excess starch. Clear and clean rice will not get clumpy as it gets cooked. Allow it to drain.
Turn on medium heat and put the drained rice on the cooking pot. Add 4 cups of water to it, cover with a lid, and bring to boil. Once boiled, adjust the heat settings lower and allow the rice to simmer for 10 minutes. Check to see if all the water gets absorbed, and the rice feels tender to eat.
When fully cooked, please remove it from the fire and set it aside. Let it cool down for around five minutes.
Fluff it out and allow it to cool
There are two ways you can fasten the cooling process.Put it either in the fridge for a few minutes or spread it on a flat utensil like a tray. Prepare the other ingredients while still waiting for it to cool.
Frying the rice
Preheat the wok over high heat. It should be ready when it looks smoky hot but don’t allow it to burn.
Put one tablespoonful of cooking oil in a wok on medium heat. Swirl it around to cover the surfaces of the wok to avoid making the rice stick. Add the cooked rice onto the wok and stir fry until the entire rice gets an even coating of the oil. Do this for about 30 seconds to around 5 minutes.
Create an opening at the center of the wok by pushing rice to the sides of the wok. Add two tablespoonful of cooking oil and add the chopped onions and baby carrots to the oil. Stir fry for some minutes until the onion starts to turn golden brown. It should last for about a minute.
Use wooden or plastic spatula to stir
To protect the patina of the wok, use a wooden or plastic spatula to stir the ingredients. A metallic one will damage the seasoning of the wok. You can accidentally cause scratching to the wok while you’re turning and combining the mixture.
The wok should be bigger enough to accommodate all the rice and the added ingredients. Create a second spacing and put a tablespoonful of sesame oil. Whisk the two eggs and add it to the sesame oil. Ensure you continue stirring the eggs only until they look scrambled. Stir everything on the wok together to create a uniform mixture.
Puta few drops of soy sauce to the mixture and continue stirring to combine all the ingredients with the rice looking a little brownish add pre-cooked peas and cook for additional few minutes.
Add salt to taste, and for extra flavor, you can add in white pepper for more seasoning.
When the rice is cooked and looking ready to be lifted off the fire, don’t forget to fluff it. Fluffier Rice is sweet to serve and eat. Take a fork and then stick it into the rice taking apart any clumped rice. Fluffing it with a spoon or fork ensures steam escapes from the rice and prevents it from overcooking.
Garnish it with parsley/coriander leaves or any ingredient of your choice and serve.
There are several ingredients you can combine with the fried rice recipe. Try out other amazing fried recipes with the wok and see how disappointing it won’t get. You can try it with meaty recipes other than just vegetables.
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There should be no excuse as to why you should miss out on Chinese cuisines. Anyone who owns a wok in the kitchen understands that this cookware allows you so many things with it. With the right heat in control, you will find that using a wok for stir-fried rice is easy to cook.
Why limit yourself to using the wok for only deep frying or smoking only? There are many fried recipes you can incorporate to taking your cooking adventure to the next level.