Because of the pandemic, plenty of us homemakers are looking for quick recipes to create at home. Nowadays, the ideal home-cooked meal is not only tasty, but also must not distract from our jobs, Zoom meetings, or bonding time with the kids. It’s been pretty challenging to say the least.
Thankfully, rice is such a versatile food that with a little experimenting, you’re bound to come up with multiple easy yet satisfying recipes that don’t require long hours of standing in the kitchen!
Rice, meat, and vegetables is a combination you can almost never go wrong with. Just add the right spices and sauces, and you’re sure to be in for a treat! For this Chinese-inspired recipe, we’re featuring a well-rounded rice-based meal that is not only easy to make, but packed with protein, nutrients, and delicious flavors.
Popularized in the United States by various Chinese restaurants in bustling cities like San Francisco and New York, Chinese fried rice-based recipes are pretty much woven into the fabric of American culture. They’re a staple in various households regardless of ethnicity, owing to their uniquely lovable taste. If you’re someone who values comfort food or a savory homemade dinner, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you’ve been snooping around our site, you’ll find plenty of recipes that involve fried rice. This is because, apart from fried rice being comforting and uber yummy, these recipes are great for clearing out any leftover rice lying around without throwing them away.
If you’re new to the rice-based recipes we’ve been posting on the site, be sure to check them out now. You may find some recipes to add to your weeknight meals or recipes for the kids to enjoy!
Back to fried rice. If there’s a single secret to recreating a stir-fry rice recipe perfectly, it’s that your fried rice must be really, really good. Generally, it’s better to have day-old cold rice instead of a freshly cooked batch so it’s less sticky or clumpy.
If you don’t have leftover rice from the day before, there’s a way to give a fresh batch that day-old feel. Just spread it onto a baking sheet, pop it into the refrigerator for an hour to cool it down, then you’re good to go.
As for the variety, most of these recipes aren’t picky. However, some recipes do recommend long-grain rice or jasmine rice. These types tend to hold up better when fried and don’t stick too much nor fall apart. Short-grain types like sushi rice or glutinous rice, while great for making a quick nori roll, tend to clump together when used in fried rice recipes, so it’s best to stick to long grain.
For this beef and broccoli recipe, we certainly recommend jasmine or long-grain rice. However, feel free to substitute it for your grain of choice! There are a few variations to this recipe that we share below, so make sure to read until the end! Now, let’s get started on this beef and broccoli recipe.
Do note that this recipe serves 4-5, so adjust the ingredients as necessary. Ready to start? Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make the perfect beef and broccoli fried rice:
Note: you may substitute soy sauce for fish sauce, but you will want to reduce the amount according to taste.
There you have it! A nice and flavorful home-made food bowl that you can adapt to your heart’s content. Mealtimes won’t have to be a chore to think of anymore! If you liked this dish and want to know make rice dishes, check out our recipes.
Fried rice is both delicious and comforting, reminiscent of our favorite Chinese takeout dish but without the long waiting time nor the copious amounts of sodium (unless preferred, of course).
We love experimenting with fried rice in recipes because it’s flexible, customizable, and won’t require you to rush to the grocery store since most ingredients you’ll need are in the pantry. If you need a few ideas, here are a few recipes you can create using fried rice:
These recipes are just some of the variations you can play around with while creating the perfect beef and broccoli meal. If you’ve discovered a new way to cook rice, don’t hesitate to try it!