Gingery Fried Rice With Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Basil
An ideal recipe for reducing waste in the kitchen, fried rice is a great way to use up spare tofu, leftover meats or wobbly vegetables. Master Sam Sifton’s fried rice technique, and you’ll have the tools to repurpose leftovers and surplus vegetables. But if it’s a bright, fresh slew of greens and herbs you’re after, this recipe supplies a high ratio of vegetables to rice. Everything cooks quickly, so your mise en place truly counts here: Get everything chopped and prepped before you pick up the pan, and dinner can be ready in 20.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 4cups cooked, day-old jasmine rice (or 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice; see Tip)
- 5tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- ¾pound mixed fresh mushrooms, such as shiitake and cremini, thinly sliced, or whole shimeji mushrooms
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- ¾pound baby bok choy (about 8 small baby bok choy), trimmed, then sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick
- 5scallions, trimmed, greens and whites thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 3garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
- ¾cup frozen peas
- 2to 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger (from one 2-inch piece)
- 2tablespoons soy sauce
- 2tablespoons sesame oil
- ⅛teaspoon white pepper (optional)
- ½cup thinly sliced fresh basil
Step 1Take the cooked rice out of the refrigerator, and set it aside at room temperature.
Step 2In a large wok or nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons canola oil over medium-high. Add the mushrooms, season generously with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and tender, 5 or 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
Step 3Wipe out the skillet, if needed, then add 1 tablespoon canola oil and heat over medium-high. Add the bok choy, scallions, garlic and jalapeño, if using. Season with salt and pepper and stir-fry, stirring frequently, until aromatic and barely crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the mushrooms.
Step 4Add the remaining 2 tablespoons canola oil to the skillet and heat over medium-high. Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted and toothsome, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the frozen peas, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper (if using), and stir until rice is evenly coated in soy sauce mixture, and no uncoated rice grains remain, 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 5Stir in the mushroom and bok choy mixture and the basil until basil is wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper then divide among bowls; serve hot.