Basil and Tomato Fried Rice

Basil and Tomato Fried Rice

Summer’s dynamic duo of tomato and basil make a surprising appearance in this aromatic fried rice. The tomatoes cook down slightly and become sweeter, coating the rice in their vibrant sun-kissed juices, while basil adds a peppery perfume. This recipe is very adaptable so make it your own: Use any tomato variety you like. Add more or less basil, or use Thai or holy basil in its place for even bolder flavors. And, if you want more heat, leave the seeds in the chiles. Finally, for a fresh element, serve with cucumber slices and a lime wedge on the side.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a bowl, whisk the eggs with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Step 2

    Heat a large wok or 12-inch well-seasoned cast iron or nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil, then pour in the beaten egg. Cook for 15 to 30 seconds, allowing the bottom to set slightly, before stirring and turning until just set. Break up the egg slightly, then remove from the wok and set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Heat the same wok on high. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, along with the onions, and stir-fry for 1 minute, until slightly softened. Add the garlic and bird’s-eye chiles and stir for 15 to 30 seconds until fragrant. Next, add the tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of salt and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, tossing every now and then, until the tomatoes are softened. (Reduce heat to medium-high if it starts getting too smoky or the garlic begins to scorch.) Add the rice, soy sauce, half the basil and season with 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt, to taste. Reduce heat to medium-high and stir-fry for 5 to 6 minutes, allowing the rice to soak up the tomato juices. As the liquid cooks off, the rice will char (though less so if using a nonstick pan) and develop some smoky flavors.
  4. Step 4

    Add the egg and remaining basil and toss for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and check seasonings, adding some black pepper and more salt if needed. Serve immediately.