Bacon Fried Rice

I think I have mentioned once or twice here that my son is a PICKY EATER. That deserves all caps because that’s how I say it in my head. It frustrates me. There’s a decent sized list of food that he eats but this list is very particular. Like…if I cut one of his beloved red peppers (favorite vegetable) in a different way, he will not eat it. He has a hard time trusting that things will taste the same if they look different. He’s SUPER visual (where do you think he gets that from?). More than half the time I do things to appease his picky palate but every now and then I get really annoyed and take a stand. I WILL BE MAKING MAC & CHEESE AND YOU WILL LIKE IT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I try…and then he still doesn’t like it! Whoever said it takes at least 15 tries for a kid to decide if they like something was full of crap.

And then sometimes I take two things that I know he likes…like bacon & fried rice and I combine them because HOW COULD ANYONE NOT LIKE BACON FRIED RICE?!!  Seems logical, right? Part of me knew he would be apprehensive about the sliced onions. I know he still won’t go near eggs, but when we order Chinese Fried Rice at restaurants, he will totally eat the egg unbeknownst to him. So how did it go?

I should have trusted my gut…Kid Fail. What a crazy kid!

This Bacon Fried Rice is SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I’ve never really liked the pork in Pork Fried Rice but now that it’s replaced with bacon??! Praise the Lard! Bacon adds a delightful crispy bite that I can’t get over. Cooper, who LOOOOVES bacon didn’t appreciate that it was cut up in small pieces. He also was not down with the green onions. KIDS!  Casey and I happily ate countless bowls of Bacon Fried Rice. Maybe it was a good thing we didn’t have to share.

This is going in the rotation and I will scoop out a bowl for my picky eater that doesn’t include bacon, green onions, regular onions and fun.

 

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering.

This is one of those recipes that you’ll get to know like the back of your hand.

I’m pretty sure it would be easy to improvise!

First we grate our ginger, mince the garlic and beat the eggs.

When you’re cooking in a wok, it’s important to get everything organized.

First we render the bacon in the wok. Cook for about 10 minutes, drain the fat.

Bacon & Onions. Winning combo.

After the onions are soft, add the garlic, ginger & green onions. Stir quickly being careful not to burn garlic.

Then the peas go in. Warm them up.

The bacon & pea mixture gets set aside in a small bowl. Time to clean your wok!

I used a little bit of cookings spray in the wok before I put the egg in.

Egg gets cooked! Put it aside with the bacon pea mixture. Get the wok fired up again with the oil.

Place the rice in. Fry it up!

Now add soy sauce and the bacon mixture!

Oh HELLO.

Serve some up in a bowl. Add extra green onions on top. Serve a little carrot shreds on the side.

AND DON’T FORGET THE SIRIACHA!

I still can’t believe I can’t get my 4 year old to eat this.

Bacon Fried Rice

makes 4-6 servings

recipe slightly adapted from Breakfast for Dinner Cookbook

  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced plus more for topping
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger (from about a 1-inch piece)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (optional)
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced or ribboned using a vegetable peeler, for topping
In a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat, cook bacon until it is browned and fat is rendered, about 10 minutes. Drain any excess fat from pan (you still want a thin layer coating the bottom) and push bacon to sides of pan. In the center, add onions and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in green onions, garlic, and ginger and cook for 3 minutes, taking care not to let the garlic brown. Stir in peas and cook for 2 minutes, or until warm. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.
Lower heat to medium, add eggs and scramble for 2-3 minutes or until fully cooked. Add eggs to bacon mixture. Wipe out skillet (careful as it may be hot), add vegetable oil, and return to medium-high heat. When oil is hot but not smoking, add cooked rice and spread in an even layer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until rice is heated through and slightly crispy. Stir in bacon-egg mixture. Season to taste with soy sauce and siriacha. Top with green onions and carrots and serve hot.
Shutterbean Notes: 
I pre-cooked jasmine recipe for this recipe a day in advance in my rice cooker. It’s always best to make fried rice with leftover rice because fresh rice gets gummy & sticky. Two cups of uncooked rice yields about 4-4 1/2 cups cooked rice.

 

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  • February 28, 2013

    Haha “and fun” – love it. Praise the lard indeed.
    Heidi xo

  • Zoe
    February 28, 2013

    This looks super-yummy. If it’s any consolation both my children are JUST the same. Despite my patient (and very, very, very impatient) efforts over the last 7 years and despite letting them try all sorts of food their friends have probably never even heard of, they still have a very limited repertoire and think pizza rocks more than anything. The peppers thing really made me chuckle too.I grated the cheese for the top of a cottage pie on the finer setting on the grater last time I made it and the kids were soooooo suspicious that I was doing something fancy!

    My hope is that one day, they will appreciate all the cooking and baking and come to love food as much as I do! Fingers crossed!!

  • February 28, 2013

    Yummm! I am not a big fan of rice, but this one I defenitly will try. And I think I will love it. Thanks for the recipe Tracy!

  • February 28, 2013

    Yum, but you’re saying Cooper, at four, DOESN’T like mac and cheese? Crazy!

  • February 28, 2013

    This recipe looks great, thanks for the step by step instructions….I always love the idea of egg-fried rice but somehow mine seems to end up as an unappetising messy goo!!
    x

  • Jim
    February 28, 2013

    Nice! Good luck with Cooper. I think ours were kind of picky but they’d eat wallpaper now, so there’s hope. And they both enjoy cooking. He’ll remember his mom’s cullinary adventuring and devise his own approach. The bacon chocolate chip recipe will appear this week-end in our kitchen. Yummy!

  • February 28, 2013

    Haha! Preach it, sister! I have a PICKY EATER too. Lame! I have to remove all the fun from his plates as well.

  • February 28, 2013

    YUM. I can get down with this.

  • February 28, 2013

    I am incredibly relieved to hear that an awesome food blogger has trouble getting her picky kid to eat. My son is two and also has a fairly set list of foods he’ll eat (and he stopped eating tons of foods he USED to eat, which is the most frustrating). I think he *might* eat this, though… I know my husband would devour it, though… so this is totally becoming a dinner plan this week!

  • February 28, 2013

    I have this cookbook as well (love it!), and I want to make this recipe for my boyfriend so bad because he LOVES fried rice. But he’s on this low-carb kick, so rice is the devil. Boo. I’ll make it for myself, but I’m a bit (a lot) like Cooper. I’m cool with the bacon and the eggs. Just leave out the peas and carrots.. and hide the onions deep down in there.

    • Jess
      February 28, 2013

      You could try making cauliflower rice. Its just cauliflower that’s been chopped up a bit in the food processor a bit so it looks like regular rice. That way its still low carb and packed full of veggies. You’d probably look like the best girlfriend in the world ;)

  • February 28, 2013

    Oh my sweet, sweet heavens! This looks so incredible and right up my alley. Your photographs are stunning!

  • February 28, 2013

    We LOVE fried rice. So much. The only think I’d change is to change the egg to a fried egg on top! Because runny egg yolks turns fried rice to fried crack.

    • February 28, 2013

      Mmm fried crack!! :)

      • Tracy
        February 28, 2013

        I’ll take some please!!!

    • Danielle
      May 13, 2013

      Omg YUM. I’m so doing that. Reminds me of a Korean bibimbap.

  • February 28, 2013

    “Praise the Lard” might be my new mantra.

  • February 28, 2013

    TOTALLY making this tonight!!

  • February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lard? You crack me up. I live in Minnesota, and could totally pull that one off with the accent!

  • February 28, 2013

    Whoa. This looks delicious. Cooper doesn’t know what he’s missing!!

  • February 28, 2013

    Poor kid doesn’t know what he’s missin’!

  • February 28, 2013

    Ha, praise the Lard! Love it. This looks sooo good!

  • February 28, 2013

    I am absolutely making this, tonight.
    I appreciate your ministry. :P

  • February 28, 2013

    Cooper sounds like my 5 year old. She’ll decide to not try something (with things she LOVES in them) for the most random reasons. My 9 year old did this too but for like 6 months while she was 2. It has been a LONG road with the 5 year old. Ugh. I hope Cooper snaps out of it, it looks like he’s missing out! Mmm…

  • February 28, 2013

    ummmm tell Cooper that I will gladly eat his share :) looks ah-mazing

  • February 28, 2013

    Would he eat the ingredients individually? My 2yo wouldn’t go near this, but he would eat bacon, peas, and potentially rice and carrots separately (used to eat egg, but sadly that’s gone for now). That way you’re not cooking a separate meal, but he’s still eating.

  • February 28, 2013

    That’s so funny about your son. My nephew is the exact same way. He only eats a certain shape chicken nugget, doesn’t eat the ends of a cut up hot dog or breakfast sausage link, and more! It’s crazy!

  • Roxy
    February 28, 2013

    I feel you picky eater pain! Although my picky eater is my hubs…dude won’t touch rice or noodles so my carb loving heart weeps at dinner time. Totes making this all for myself!

  • February 28, 2013

    I simply love your blog sooo much!!!! and your recipes are so well and easily explained! FASCINATED!

  • February 28, 2013

    Man, your son is missing out! I’ll totally help with leftovers on this one. To tell the truth, my brother was uber picky until about 11 and then all of a sudden it just stopped and he started eating everything. Here’s to hoping your son grows out of it!

  • PerBer
    February 28, 2013

    drooling.. this looks so good. why is bacon never an option in the fried rice at the chinese restaurants?

  • Lisa
    February 28, 2013

    Hi! Will this recipe keep in the fridge for a couple days? Thinking of it for work lunches…

  • February 28, 2013

    I love bacon fried rice. Where in the heck do you have space to store a wok? I wish I had space for that! I don’t get how a visual kid could turn this down. It is sooooo visually appealing.

  • February 28, 2013

    OMG, when my kids were his age all they ate were chocolate poptarts, chicken nuggets and PB&J sandwiches. Our Pediatrician told me not to stress over it. They will learn by example and eat when they get hungry. Wouldn’t you know it, they are in their 20′s now and have traveled the world over and learned to eat whatever is put in front of them.

  • February 28, 2013

    I am alone tonight and thinking what should I make for myself? THIS! TOTALLY THIS! Holy cow. Looks so good. Can’t wait for it to be in my belly! Praise the Lard indeed!

  • Nicola
    February 28, 2013

    “…that doesn’t include bacon, green onions, regular onions and fun.”

    “COME TO MAMA.”

    BAHAHAHA!!

    Let’s hope Cooper doesn’t get OCD like me (29yo) and start eating things in pairs….it upsets me when there aren’t even numbers of M&Ms in the packet. Being Australian, I have to buy two packets of Tim Tams because they only put 11 in a packet. I’ll eat almost anything, but I think this still might classify me as a picky eater :)

    • Tracy
      February 28, 2013

      Whoa that’s crazy! But I totally get it. I’m quite obsessed with numbers myself.

  • February 28, 2013

    Deliciousness! I love a good fried rice, and the tip about cooking with wok is very essential :)

  • February 28, 2013

    I just did practically the same thing, only with pancetta! One of the easy I-HAVE-NOTHING-IN-THE-CRISPER-OR PANTRY kinda meals. Kinda great that both you and Casey didn’t have to share. If I were your kid, you’d have none left for yourself.

  • February 28, 2013

    Well, I wish I was your kid! Seriously, my kids who are now 22, eat everything and they didn’t then. It just takes a little time. And both my kids can cook, too! Except when i’m around and then they forget how!

  • February 28, 2013

    As a reformed picky eater, you have hope. But it might take a decade or two. I hated onions until I was, oh 20-21? Basically my mom is a saint. Of course now I’d eat all of that fried rice and not share with anyone.

  • February 28, 2013

    Haha love the “and fun” part.

    This looks delicious! And Cooper will totally come around….someday :)

  • March 1, 2013

    I love fried rice with bacon (and kimchi!).
    When I was a kid, I was weird about food looking different than usual, too…I also refused to eat any poultry for about 4 years because I saw a dead turkey and a pile of feathers, that then became thanksgiving dinner and I was scarred and distrustful about it! ha! kids are the funnest weirdos!

  • March 1, 2013

    I love fried rice. It needs eggs, but I’ve never added bacon before. So making this. From one picky kid to another, you don’t always grow out of it. I do eat many of the foods I hated as a kid, but I’m still not the most adventurous eater. Oh well.

  • March 4, 2013

    I just made this tonight and my husband and I killed all of it – so easy so good!

    • Tracy
      March 4, 2013

      WAY TO GO! Wife of the year award!

  • March 5, 2013

    This was amazing!

  • jenny
    March 10, 2013

    super delish!! I added some TJ’s pre-cooked medium shrimp from the freezer section, too…just because I could. ;)

    • Tracy
      March 10, 2013

      OH YUM!!!!

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  • May 21, 2013

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I made this tonight, and it was wonderful. Between myself and my partner, there were no leftovers. I’ve failed at fried rice over the years – it just never seems to quite come together. But this! This I was proud of, and grinned while eating it.

  • June 24, 2013

    My mouth is watering…this looks absolutely delicious and I like your presentations.

  • August 27, 2013

    this is delicious food

  • Larisa
    September 15, 2013

    Loved this recipe! I added broccoli and shelled edamame and diced the onions instead. This will be my new add to recipe. Bet it would be great with cauliflower, green beans, spinach or snow peas too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • November 25, 2013

    I made this for the millionth time tonight. It’s truly the greatest!

    • Tracy
      November 26, 2013

      that makes me so happy!

  • February 3, 2014

    I’ve made this so many times after I bookmarked this page. It’s just SO GOOD!

  • David del Rey
    August 2, 2014

    Where I come from, we have another word for picky eaters.
    Hungry.
    Food is food, and if you won’t eat what’s on your plate – you’ll learn the unpleasant consequences. I still want to scream and shake people when they leave half the edible stuff on their plate. And then scrape it into the bin.
    Hunger teaches you to appreciate food, quickly.

    Okay, having said that, I was exposed to amazing garden-grown veggies from as soon as I was weaned. That’s a pretty potent reward, and incentive to try new stuff in case it’s delicious. So far I’ve had very little disappointment when it comes to real food i.e. recognisably biological in origin.
    So I pity picky eaters too.

    But seriously, hunger is a memorable teacher.

    • Tracy
      August 2, 2014

      I hear your words! My son doesn’t like food in general… you have no idea how many times I have to remind him to EAT when we’re having a meal together. My parents never had to tell us to eat, so I stupefied.

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