Cashew Fried Rice

By Emilie Raffa | February 25, 2016
Cold, day-old rice…is the secret to excellent fried rice. If your rice is too hot it won’t fry properly; it turns to mush. Using leftover rice or any grain for that matter is the perfect solution. You could even add chicken, shrimp or pork to morph this into a substantial meal for dinner. Mung bean sprouts add wonderful crunch to this dish, but if you can’t find any (just ask—most markets carry them) simply leave them out.


Gluten-Free Option

Serves 2 as a side dish:
3 tbsp (45 ml) vegetable oil, divided
½ red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 handful of snow peas, roughly chopped
2 cups (320 g) cooked basmati rice, room temperature or cold*
1 clove of garlic, grated
4 tsp (20 ml) soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
½ tsp sugar
1 handful of mung bean sprouts
½ cup (67 g) frozen peas
¼ cup (25 g) sliced scallions, white and light green part only
½ cup (113 g) chopped cashews
1 tbsp (4 g) roughly chopped parsley
1 juicy lime (optional)
*Approximately ¾ cup (135 g) dry basmati rice yields 2 cups (320 g) cooked. For more information on cooking rice, see page 149.

In a large, 10-inch (25-cm) cast-iron skillet, warm 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the peppers until lightly caramelized, about 4–5 minutes. Add the snow peas and cook about 1 minute. Lower the heat.

Pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of vegetable oil. Add the rice and stir well to coat the grains. Quick Tip: If your rice is particularly cold or stuck together, mash it with a fork to break up the grains.

Grate the garlic into the pan, then add the soy sauce (or tamari) and sugar. Stir constantly until the rice takes on a golden brown color. Add the mung beans spouts and frozen peas. Continue to cook until the sprouts are lightly wilted.

Taste the rice, adding more soy sauce and sugar to your liking. It’s a balancing act of sweet and salty flavors.

When ready to eat, top with scallions, cashews and parsley. Squeeze in some lime juice, if you’re in the mood, and serve.

Excerpted from The Clever Cookbook: Get-Ahead Strategies and Timesaving Tips for Stress-Free Home Cooking by Emilie Raffa. Page Street Publishing, 2016.

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