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Fried Rice with Ham

Use up leftover rice in this delicious one-dish meal.

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  • Servings: 4
Fried Rice with Ham

Source: Everyday Food, October 2004


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 ounces ham, thinly sliced and cut into strips
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 cups cooked rice


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-low heat; swirl to coat pan. In a small bowl, lightly beat together eggs, 2 teaspoons water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour into pan; cook, pulling in egg from edge of pan, until set, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate; when cool enough to handle, cut into strips.

  2. In pan, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium
    heat. Add scallions and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ham and rice; season with salt. Cook, stirring often, until very hot, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add vinegar, peas, and eggs; cook until very hot, about 2 minutes.

Cook's Note

Even if a nonstick pan is called for in a recipe, you can use a regular skillet if you prefer. Keep in mind that a nonstick surface requires less oil during cooking. To give food the same golden color in a regular skillet you will need to use more oil so it does not stick to the pan.

Reviews (4)

  • adallon 12 Oct, 2014

    This recipe is a staple in our house. My kids love it just as much as my husband and I do. I often add chicken or shrimp. Wonderful recipe.

  • klzellner 9 Feb, 2009

    I more often have leftover meat rather than leftover rice. This idea works great with pork chops. I would also substitute the vinegar for 1/3-1/2 cup of soy sauce plus a few drops of hot sauce.

  • AddieJane 9 Feb, 2009

    I made this, more or less, last night. Before seeing it here. I used my left over rice, diced up some ham then wilted some fresh spinach in it. I did add a bit of soy sauce. Everybody loved it.

  • debisz28 9 Feb, 2009

    I plan to try this with chicken

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