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This fried rice recipe for picky eaters is perfect for adults and kids alike. It’s super easy to make and totally customizable to what your family loves. You can use what you have on hand making this is a simple meal that comes together quickly.
I love Asian inspired food! However it can be spicy and come with ingredients little ones aren’t used to, so while totally delicious it’s not always picky eater friendly.
A couple of weeks ago I found myself really craving Chinese takeout so I decided to try a homemade version, one that worked for the whole family. After tweaking things here and there I found a delicious recipe.
How to make fried rice that’s picky eaters approved!
There are a couple of secrets to keep in mind when making fried rice that works for the whole family.
- Use cooked, cold rice: The great thing about this recipe is that it’s perfect for using up leftovers. Cold rice works better than warm rice because it fries better. When you use cold rice to make fried rice the end result is crispier and with an even golden brown color.
- Cook it on really high heat: The secret to having a super crispy and incredibly flavorful fried rice is using a hot pan. You want to make sure the rice sizzles when you add it to the pan.
- Play with the veggies: The veggies you and your kids like are unique, so play with them. Add cabbage if that’s what they love and get rid of the corn if someone from your family finds it “weird”. The great thing about fried rice is that anything goes!
- Go light with the soy sauce: Little ones are especially sensitive to salt so only add a little. If you want some more just add some extra to your plate.
How to store fried rice
You can keep fried rice for up to two days in an airtight container. Sometimes I make a large batch to keep the extras refrigerated. It’s a great snack when kids are hungry and can’t seem to wait for dinner. It’s also a great quick lunch for those times when you don’t feel like cooking.
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Make sure to check out this tutorial on how to make sushi for kids. It’s a delicious recipe and a really fun project to make with the whole family.
And for dessert, try these chocolate peanut butter oatmeal muffins!
Picky Eaters Fried Rice
- 3 Cups rice cooked and cold
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 1/2 Cup peas
- 1/2 Cup carrots chopped
- 1/2 Cup corn
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tsp onion powder optional
- 1/2 Tsp ginger powder optional
- Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally until crispy and golden, around 4 minutes.
- Add the peas, carrots, and corns and stir.
- Add the egg, soy sauce and spices and stir vigorously to mix in. Cook for 3 more minutes and remove from heat.