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Ham Fried Rice

Make use of leftover ham from your holiday meal and cook up a batch of this easy Ham Fried Rice. This flavorful fried rice takes just 15 minutes to prepare!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 371kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil divided
  • 1/3 cup diced baby carrots
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced, white and green parts divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated ginger root
  • 3 cups cooked and refrigerated long grain white rice I use Jasmine rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas no need to thaw
  • 1 cup chopped ham (leftover holiday ham or ham steak)
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce tamari or coconut aminos for gluten-free
  • Sriracha for serving, optional

Instructions

  • Beat eggs in a small bowl with a large pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Add the canola oil and 1 teaspoon sesame oil to a large non-stick skillet or wok and place over MEDIUM heat. Add the beaten egg to the hot skillet and cook, stirring, until it begins to form soft curds, about 30 seconds. Transfer the soft-cooked eggs to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil to the skillet (if skillet seems very dry, you can also add a little additional canola oil) and return it to MEDIUM heat. Add the carrots, and the white parts of the green onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots are fork tender, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked rice, peas, ham and cooked eggs to the skillet. Pour in the soy sauce and cook, stirring until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in the green parts of the green onions.
  • Serve immediately with Sriracha on the side.

Notes

This recipe cooks quickly so be sure to prep all of your ingredients before beginning and place them next to your skillet within easy reach.
Leftover cooked rice works best but freshly cooked rice can be used in a pinch. Spread the cooked rice out on a baking sheet or plate and allow it to cool for 20 or 30 minutes. Rice loses moisture quickly as it cools. If time allows, cover and refrigerate it for an hour or two to give it some time to dry out a little before proceeding with the recipe. Never allow cooked rice to sit out at room temperature for more than 1 to 2 hours at the most.
Storing Fried Rice
Allow the Ham Fried Rice rice to cool and then package it in airtight containers and refrigerate it immediately. Use leftover fried rice within 4 days for the best quality and for food safety concerns.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1878IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg