Bacon Fried Rice with Shallots comes together easily with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and in only 15 minutes! Skip the takeout and make your own (tastier) version at home.
So, I’ve got some big news to share with you guys – We’re MOVING!
It’s not a crazy, across the country move or anything, but it’s exciting just the same! We are moving from our lovely town of Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland, to North Portland. We’ll be closer to lots of great restaurants, and just a couple blocks away from New Seasons Market and the MAX line.
The Lucky Labrador is just a few blocks away, which means that Sammie the Labradoodle will get to go out for beers with us, plus there’s a dog park within walking distance too. Although, I always get a bit skeevy about dog parks. Sammie is a bit of a crazy maniac and can rub some dogs the wrong way. She’s totally socialized with other dogs, and goes to doggie daycare twice a week, but it just makes me nervous, you know? We’ll have to test it out a few more times…
As exciting as the new house is, now I’m stressed out! While I’ve moved around a LOT, and I tend not to have many belongs besides the enormous amount of kitchen items and my constantly unmanageable clothing collection, Rick has been in his Lake Oswego house for 17 years! That means lots of stuff… Stuff gives me a panic attack.
I grew up in a home where my mom kept collections of everything – Fabric scraps, my toys from when I was 5 years old, books, vases – We had an entire room dedicated to puzzles! And, while the memories are great, and fun to look through when I’m in town, I am COMPLETELY the opposite. I regularly have days that I call “Throw Away 15” – I’ll go through the house an throw out 15 random things that don’t need to be there – From old pens, to a pair of shoes, to that shampoo that just didn’t work for me. It’s oddly exciting for me. And now you officially know that I’m a dork.
My obsession with getting rid of things is how this fried rice came to be. I poked around the refrigerator for some odds and ends that just had to go, and found the following:
- Leftover rice (from this Mongolian Beef the night before)
- Bacon that’s been stashed away in the freezer (leftover from making these)
- A bag of frozen peas – Always on hand in case of the spontaneous need for an ice pack
- Shallots (that I always have on hand for making my favorite salad)
- Eggs (I never eat them on their own, they’re only used for baking treats like these)
- And, who doesn’t have those almost used up bottles of soy sauce and oyster sauce sitting around in their fridge?
Sweet relief! I checked off 7 of my 15 items for the day! But the sweetest part? This amazing Bacon Fried Rice that magically made its way into my life that night!
How Do You Make Bacon Fried Rice?
It’s super simple to make fried rice. It’s best if you have leftover rice on hand, but you can start from scratch and cook a fresh batch of rice. Just be sure to let it cool before making this fried rice. That will ensure that your rice doesn’t get too mushy and soggy.
PS – I love making rice in the Instant Pot. It’s super quick and easy.
We’ll start by frying up some diced bacon. Then, remove the bacon from the skillet using a slotted spoon. Leave about a tablespoon of the bacon fat in there. Next we’ll scramble the eggs in that same skillet, flavoring them with the bacon fat. Then goes in some shallot, frozen peas, rice, green onions and some soy sauce and oyster sauce.
The flavor in this Bacon Fried Rice is unbelievable!
Tips for Making Fried Rice:
- Use what you have on hand – Don’t have shallots? Use onions and garlic. No bacon? Leave it out, just add in a bit more butter for sauteeing the veggies. Have some carrots in the fridge? Throw those in there too!
- Use a BIG skillet – This makes a lot of fried rice. You want to make sure things aren’t overflowing, and you want as much rice in contact with the bottom of the pan as possible.
- Get things hot! Make sure that you have your heat turned up, and be sure to let that rice get nice and crispy at the end. We actually want to fry the rice.
And the best part? This Bacon Fried Rice takes only 15 minutes to make! Leaving more time to hunt for those other 8 items that need to get tossed away…
Can You Freeze Fried Rice?
You can definitely freeze fried rice. It will keep in the freezer for up to three months. I like to package it into individual Ziploc sandwich bags and freeze it laying flat.
To cook frozen fried rice, thaw it overnight in the fridge. Then, heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a medium skillet. Add fried rice and cook until warmed through, about 5-7 minutes.
Wine Pairings for Bacon Fried Rice:
- Try a Prosecco or Gewurztraminer with this dish. Eggs can often be tricky to pair with wine, but these light, fruity varieties actually help to bring out all the salty, smoky flavors in this dish.
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Bacon Fried Rice Recipe
Bacon Fried Rice with Shallots
- 2 Tablespoons butter (divided)
- 6 strips bacon (cut into ½ pieces)
- 2 eggs (whisked)
- ¼ cup minced shallot
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2/3 cup frozen peas
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 4 cups cooked and cooled rice
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 4 Tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
- 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon, until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.
- Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Add eggs and scramble. Once fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to the now-empty skillet and heat until melted. Add shallot, garlic and peas, and season with salt and pepper. Sautee for approximately 5 minutes, until the shallot has softened.
- Increase heat to high and add in remaining tablespoon butter. Once melted, add the rice, green onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir to combine.
- Fry over high heat for approximately 3 minutes, until it’s getting nice and brown, and crispy.
- Add the bacon and eggs and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
This recipe for Bacon Fried Rice was originally published in April 2016. It was updated in December 2018 to revise the photographs and update the content. The recipe remains the same.