Bacon Fried Rice
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When was the last time you had breakfast for dinner? Or dinner for breakfast? Isn’t it fun when you switch meals around? It’s also so easy and quick when you’re in a mad rush on week nights but want something substantial and homemade on the table like this Bacon Fried Rice. Every time I cooked this bowl of goodness, my sons plunged into this Bacon Fried Rice. We always have rice for any meal, breakfast to dinner. Yes, Asians are like that. Come to our homes, and we’ll welcome you with bowlfuls of rice to go with any entree. And more importantly, there is crisp bacon on top. Nothing else gives that sense of sublime satisfaction than bacon does.
My sons love this when I make it for them. As soon as I take out the skillet and the bacon strips emit that sizzling ‘hiss’ sound while the sharp aroma entices, everyone comes into the kitchen to ask “what are you making?” It is this very robust bacon scent that rouses my sons from deep sleep if they are napping.The crisp bacon strips are a crunchy contrast to the moist, scrambled eggs on a bed of garlic rice enhanced with silky, savory caramelized onions.
Breakfast for dinner. Or dinner for breakfast. There’s only one ingredient that will make meal switching so exciting. It’s bacon. Dig in, folks!
Bacon Fried Rice
- 3 cups cooked white rice must have been previously refrigerated
- 6 slices American bacon set aside bacon drippings to cook rice
- 2 whole large eggs beaten
- 1 whole onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup frozen green peas
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 stalks scallions chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- Refrigerate cooked white rice for at least 1 day to use for this recipe.
- Using a large skillet, over medium high heat, place the bacon strips and cook for about 10 minutes. The bacon fat will render into the skillet and cook the strips till crisp and brown. Drain the bacon strips on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, crumble into bits and set aside for adding to rice later. Remove the excess bacon drippings from the pan, but leave a thin layer of about a tablespoon to flavor the bottom of the pan.
- In the same skillet, add the sliced onions and cook for 2 minutes till soft and translucent. Add the white parts of the scallions or green onions and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the green peas and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and set aside.
- In the same skillet, lower heat and add the eggs. Scramble the eggs for 2 to 3 minutes till fully cooked. Remove from skillet to be used later when you assemble everything.
- Use the same skillet, over medium high heat, add a tablespoon of the bacon fat. When bacon fat is hot, add the garlic. Add the cooked rice and spread all around. Add the scrambled eggs and chopped bacon. Lower heat and keep stirring the rice, eggs and bacon. Season with salt, pepper and soy sauce. Top with the onions and green peas mixture sautéed earlier. Garnish with green onions. Serve piping hot.
- Cook's Comment: If preferred, you can also use cooked brown rice for this recipe.
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I never do dinner for breakfast but breakfast for dinner is the best! This fried rice sounds amazing. Way better than take out!
Thanks, Laura. We love breakfast for dinner, too. It’s the bacon that makes it more exciting 🙂
Love that you added bacon to fried rice!
Thanks, Hezzi-D. We love bacon and paired with fried rice it is marvelous.
I’d eat this fried rice ANY time of day! It looks divine!
Thanks, Liz. We cannot resist garlic fried rice, too.
What a beautiful write up to accompany a fabulous favorite dish! I can’t say I’d ever considered fried rice for breakfast, but with bacon, why not!?
Thanks, Lauren. Filipinos traditionally eat rice for breakfast. In present modern day, when everything is a rush in the mornings, we eat rice for breakfast on weekends for a big brunch 🙂