Fried rice is one of the easiest things to cook. For me, it is a way of taking care of left overs. You can make it vegetarian or use any kind of protein. There are no limitations to what you can add. My version says “anything goes”.
Coming from a salmon loving country, I always have smoked salmon at hand. When I make rice, I make sure to cook enough for lunch boxes and for a possible fried rice dish. This is one way of making fried rice.
Smoked Salmon fried rice.
2 cups of cooked rice ( 1/2 cup per person. I use basmati rice boiled with a little turmeric and a stock cube.)
Smoked salmon, about 8 slices (I love smoked salmon, so I add more)
1 onion, finely chopped.
3 tbsp of dried cranberries.
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half.
5-8 asparagus, cut in small pieces.
1-2 spring onions, cut into small pieces.
1 – 1 1/2 tbsp of capers, cut in half. (can be eliminated if you don’t like capers).
1/2 a bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped. You can also add cilantro or any other herb that you have in the fridge.
Pepper to taste. (no salt since the smoked salmon is salty enough).
Hot sauce (optional).
Mirin to taste (optional).
Soy sauce to taste (optional)
1 tbsp. olive oil for frying.
Cut all vegetables into small pieces. Heat up a skillet. Add the vegetables. Cut the salmon into 1″ pieces or slightly smaller. Add half of it into the skillet. Make sure to stir well. If the vegetables are leftovers, just warm them up, if they are fresh, fry until soft. Add the cooked rice, cranberries, capers and spices. Mix it well. Since the rice is already cooked it just needs to get hot. At the end, add the chopped dill and the rest of the smoked salmon. Stir a last time just to make sure all is well incorporated. You can add additional spices and herbs according to your taste buds. I like a little splash of mirin and soy sauce to this.
Plate and enjoy.