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Recipe: Fried rice like my mother made it

Fried rice with lots of veggies and flavor
Fried rice with lots of veggies and flavor
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Fried rice is typically a dish that involves tossing together leftovers and other ingredients one has on hand. However, there are specific ingredients that can go into certain styles including one that I associate with growing up. If you like what you see in this version, the recipe below will yield 8-10 servings. If you don't, the takeaways from this article include the basic tips of how to prepare fried rice; ingredients will then vary.


  • 5 links Chinese sausage, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, quartered
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (containing peas, cubed carrots, and corn kernels)
  • 6 cups cooked rice, < 1 day old
  • 3 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsps ground black pepper
  • chopped green onions for garnish


  1. In a large pot, fry Chinese sausage and garlic together on medium until garlic turns barely brown on the edges.
  2. Add all vegetables and stir until coated in oils.
  3. Add day-old rice to the pot (old rice is necessary for the grains to separate instead of turn mushy during frying).
  4. Mix in oyster sauce.
  5. Slowly add in beaten eggs while stirring to prevent rice clumping.
  6. Finish with salt and pepper.

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