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Any-style fried rice recipe…perfect for remote camping!

This fried rice recipe works well all in one wok, or on the BBQ…it’s a great meal you can prepare with whatever scraps you’ve got left in your camp pantry – and it will still taste good.

I love how all the flavours in fried rice work together to create something new.

What might taste a little dull on its own, transforms into an appetising dish (at least, you hope!).  I guess it is a little like bubble and squeak, you just have to take a chance and throw in whatever you have. If it has rice and is savoury – it’s fried rice to me.

My fried rice turns out different every time, but it's almost always delicious!

Here's how I do it...

You’ll need:

  • 1-1½ cups cooked rice
  • Eggs (one or more if you have them) or reconstituted dried eggs
  • ½ tin of corn
  • Tinned champignons, drained and diced
  • Dehydrated peas
  • Fresh tomato, roughly diced OR ½ tin of tomatoes (whole), drained* and coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce to taste
  • Onion and garlic
  • Dried chilli powder or flakes, to taste

Optional extras

  • Some kind of extra protein, e.g. diced salami, sardines, dried shrimp, or Spam (not my style)
  • Your last carrot or other veges, diced

What to do...

1. Rehydrate peas in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.

2. In a wok, fry egg(s) in a little oil until scrambled and cooked. Set aside.

3. Fry onion and garlic in wok until soft. Add veges and stir well. Add meat if using.

4. Add rice and soy sauce and stir thoroughly.

5. Cook until there is no liquid in wok, then stir through egg.

6. Serve with chilli if desired.

*Reserve tomato juice for other recipes, like soup or pasta, or pizza topping.

Or cook it on the camp BBQ...

If you are staying somewhere with a public gas BBQ, you can make this fried rice recipe straight on the hot plate. You’ll need to re-hydrate the peas with some boiling water first – but you can otherwise cook this on the BBQ with an egg flip.

As my mother-in-law would say, “it gives a different flavour”. Just be careful of the drainage hole!

And if you’d like a twist…

You can change this fried rice recipe really easily. Just add:

  • A little curry powder and turmeric to make this Indian biryani-style fried rice.
  • A little sugar and lime to make it sweet Thai-style rice. Sprinkle it with peanuts.
  • A little BBQ and paprika sauce to make it a smokey fried rice.

Try your own ideas, some might be better than others. But chuck it all in a wok or on a BBQ and it’s bound to taste okay. When you’re down to your last carrot, it’s a pretty good option!

› Any-style fried rice