XO Fried Rice Recipe

When you’re feeling peckish and your have old rice in the fridge, fried rice is the way to go. It’s fast to make and even faster to eat. If you’re lacking fresh ingredients, just take a look at what leftovers you have languishing away. I’ve made fried rice with leftover barbecue meat, deli meat leftovers, and even just eggs and rice.

Yesterday, I had a fierce craving for fried rice, but I didn’t have any rice or suitable fried rice ingredients in the fridge, so I did the cardinal sin: I made fried rice with fresh rice. If you’ve ever made fried rice with fresh rice you know that it usually turns into a wet mess. The best thing you can do is spread your rice out to let it cool down. Once it’s cold and therefore more dry, you can usually fry it up just fine.

I didn’t have any meat in the fridge, so I just fried my rice with eggs and a bit of XO sauce. The XO sauce has been hanging out in the fridge for a while, just begging to be used in fried rice.

A friend once told me how some young thugs tried to make fun of him:

Thugs: You Chinese, you eat flied lice!
My Friend: Yeah, I do eat fried rice, you have a problem with that?

I guess the thugs didn’t have anything else to say because they just left.

XO Fried Rice Recipe

2 cups of day-old cooked rice
3 tablespoons of XO sauce
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 eggs, lightly beaten
oil
salt and pepper to taste

Heat your wok or frying pan over high heat and add a tiny bit of oil and scramble your lightly beaten eggs until mostly set, but not over cooked. The eggs will cook a bit more when you fry all the ingredients together. Remove the eggs from the wok and set aside.

Add a tiny bit more oil to the wok and add the fry and fry it, stirring occasionally until all the clumps are broken down and the rice is heated, about five minutes.

Add the XO sauce and continue frying until it mixed completely. Put the eggs back in the wok along with the green onions. Stir to mix, season to taste and serve immediately.

12 Comments add yours

  1. You gotta go big or go home with Fried Rice.

    Meats: We suggest cubed spam or bacon
    Veggies: Peas & carrots

    XO Sauce? Is that real? Have you been watching too much gossip girl?

    xoxo….aka Muncha muncha

    XO sauce has been around a while. Gossip Girl is pretty new.

    XO sauce is older than all the people on Gossip Girl, that’s for sure!

    steph on May 21st, 2010 at 11:11 am
    Andy on May 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    XO sauce is as real as Gossip Girl!

    I must make some Spam fried rice soon!

    steph on May 21st, 2010 at 11:10 am
  2. I’ve never heard of XO sauce, I know you made it from scratch, but did you say you can buy it at a Chinese grocery store?

    I love fried rice!

    Yes, you can definitely buy it at a Chinese grocery store. It’s pretty tasty on everything that needs a bit of a slightly spicy seafood kick.

    steph on May 21st, 2010 at 11:13 am
  3. I love fried rice! A 20-something frat boy ex-roommate of mine used to make it as his specialty, and considering myself the Chef of the apartment I was always awed by his knack with fish sauce and a wok. It was my favorite thing for our “roommate dinners” and I haven’t had a good homemade fried rice since. I’ll have to give this a try! Looks delicious :)

    Thanks! Fish sauce in fried rices sound delicious, I’m going to have to give that a try soon!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:10 am
  4. XO sauce is my favv!!! goes well with absolutely everything :)

    XO sauce is pretty delicious; I love it with eggs!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:11 am
  5. I just made this for my dinner with store bought Salmon(!?) XO sauce. It’s 10pm here, and that’s the only one the supermarket had for my spur of the moment cookery.

    Great recipe, love the blog :)

    I’m glad you liked the recipe! How was the salmon XO sauce?!

    steph on May 25th, 2010 at 9:16 am
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