Fried Rice with Ham and Peas

Published April 1, 2006.

Why this recipe works:

We preferred to use either Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Ready Rice or leftover white rice in our Fried Rice with Ham and Peas recipe because freshly cooked rice was too sticky to properly fry. The temperature of the pan was also important: It had to be smoking hot when we “fried" the rice,… read more

We preferred to use either Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Ready Rice or leftover white rice in our Fried Rice with Ham and Peas recipe because freshly cooked rice was too sticky to properly fry. The temperature of the pan was also important: It had to be smoking hot when we “fried" the rice, and we had to constantly stir its contents. Otherwise, the fried rice would steam and stick.

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Serves 4 to 6

When making fried rice, cold cooked rice is essential. If you don't have 4 cups of leftover rice on hand (and leaving a fresh batch to cool for several hours isn't practical), Uncle Ben's Ready Rice is your answer. These microwavable pouches of rice are meant to be heated for 90 seconds, but we skipped this step and simply poured the contents of the package straight into the skillet. While traditional fried rice is usually made with white rice, we preferred the nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture of brown rice.

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