Stuck at home with nothing else to do? Well, grab some ingredients. We’re cooking! Here are 7 fried rice recipes from Korea, one for every day of the week — that are about to become your favorites.
So? Don’t sit around. Get to the kitchen! You can thank us later. 😉
1. KBBQ Fried Rice
Re-create this post-KBBQ must-order at home!
First, grab some julienne cut strips of green onions and marinate with one tablespoon of red pepper powder, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add half a tablespoon of salt and vinegar. This should taste like the green onion salad served at KBBQ restaurants.
Grill some pork belly. When browned, add the green onion salad on the grill. Add one more tablespoon of red pepper powder and soy sauce to the grill. Heat until everything is thoroughly cooked.
Finally, add a cup of chopped kimchi — another tablespoon of sesame oil. Some prefer to overcook the kimchi in this step to add a crunchiness to it! When ready, throw in a bowl of rice. Mix it up and serve. It might be better than the actual KBBQ itself.
2. Garlic Fried Rice
When you don’t have much ingredients at home, this might be the perfect recipe.
Place a tablespoon of minced garlic on a piece of paper towel and drain the moisture. Also, grab some whole garlic and prepare sliced garlic too. The thinner, the better!
Then, heat a pan with three tablespoons of cooking oil. Toss in all the garlic. Sprinkle a bit of salt. When the garlic starts to brown, add two tablespoons of soy sauce and a bowl of rice. Mix!
For a richer flavor, throw in a little bit of butter… and voilà! It’s ready. By this point, you should not be able to hold yourself back any longer. The smell’s going to be amazing.
3. Buldak Fried Rice
Want to spice it up with some buldak flavor? Bring on the heat!
Here’s how you can use that last pack of buldak hot chicken ramen. First, cook the noodles only. Cut them up into small pieces and set aside for magic later.
On a heated pan, start frying up some diced onion and ham. Beat an egg or two and add to the pan.
Once the egg is cooked, add the noodles, some rice, and the buldak sauce to the mix. Don’t use the whole packet of the sauce… or do. That depends on how much of a challenge you want the meal to be. Use the flake packet to garnish and serve with clear warning.
4. Kimchi Fried Rice
Any kimchi fried rice recipe is old but gold. Keep this one up your sleeve for an easy-breezy dinner prep!
First, you’re going to need one paper cup full of chopped kimchi. Add a half paper cup full of tuna. Start cooking!
Then add a tablespoon of corn syrup, one and a half tablespoon of red pepper powder, and a pinch of salt. When the kimchi starts to turn a toasty yellow-brown color, add an egg.
Turn down to over medium heat. Add a bowl of rice and a tablespoon of sesame oil. Sniff. It’s ready! If you’re looking to give it some more “Mmm-mmm, good”, try garnishing with either flakes of seasoned seaweed or shredded cheese.
5. Creamy Fried Rice
If you’re in the mood for something fusion, you have to try this risotto-like creamy fried rice!
Marinate some chopped bacon with four tablespoons soy sauce and a tablespoon of sugar, soju, and minced garlic. Set aside.
Heat the pan with cooking oil. Add chopped green onions and half an onion to bring out the flavors. Toss in the marinated bacon and cook to a nice brown color.
When the smell is irresistible, add a bowl of rice and a pinch of pepper. After mixing the rice in, add 200ml of milk. That’s about 0.8 cup. When it simmers to a creamy texture, smother in cheese to complete. Boom — Your alfredo dream come true.
6. Butter Egg Fried Rice
Fancy brunch, Korean style? Say no more. Grab two pans.
Beat three eggs and sift. Add a half cup of water to it and sprinkle a pinch of salt to flavor. Set aside.
In one of the pans, prepare a serving of kimchi fried rice (or you can use recipe number 4 above!) For a quicker version, you can add a cup of chopped kimchi, a cup of chopped ham, a tablespoon of sugar and red pepper powder to a bowl of rice and stir fry.
In the other pan, melt a block of butter. Heat the egg and lightly scramble. Right about when it’s starting to clutter, pour it over the kimchi fried rice. Choose to garnish with some green onions — or maybe even parsley powder. Whatever floats your boat. Embrace the visual. Indulge.
7. Oyster Sauce Fried Rice
And finally, if you have oyster sauce handy, this recipe is a must.
You must prepare the rice first. In a bowl of rice, add two eggs, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Mix well so the rice is well covered in the eggs.
Then, in a heated pan, add a generous amount of cooking oil and toss in chopped green onions. Add some chopped onions, a tablespoon (more or less) of minced garlic, and the egged rice.
Finally, add a tablespoon of oyster sauce. And the trick is to stir fry quickly over high heat! When the rice comes to a golden brown, you’ll know it’s ready. Mmmmmm, delish!