Bacon Fried Rice
Bacon Fried Rice. Matt Taylor-Gross

This simple fried rice is as good for breakfast as it is for dinner. Thick-cut bacon will make for more meaty, chewy bits. Cookbook writer Amy Thielen often adds a little sauerkraut for a further Midwestern touch.

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Bacon and Egg Fried Rice Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Give fried rice a Midwest spin with a handful of bacon.
Yield: serves 4-6
Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. plus 1 Tbsp. seasame oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 oz. thick cut bacon, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 bunches scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 12 cups diced cabbage
  • 5 cups leftover cooked white rice, cooled
  • 12 bunch cilantro and stems, minced, plus more for garnish
  • 34 tsp. sugar
  • 1 12 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Crushed peanuts, to garnish


  1. Whisk eggs with 2 teaspoons sesame oil and salt.
  2. Heat a large wok over high. Add the bacon and cook, stirring until crisp, 2-3 minutes. Pour bacon and fat into a sieve, reserving both.
  3. Return the wok to the heat and add 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Add half of the eggs and cook until lightly set in the center and the edges are bubbling, about 1 minute. Gently slide the egg pancake onto a cutting board and slice into 14-inch side strips.
  4. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of bacon fat into the wok along with the garlic, scallions, and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, Add the cabbage and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the rice, cilantro stems, and the sugar and cook, breaking up the rice with your spatula, until the rice is warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Make a well in the center of the rice and add the remaining egg. Cook the egg, stirring, until the eggs are cooked and scrambled, about 1 minute. Stir in the rice to combine, along with the remaining 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, the minced cilantro, and half the scallion greens. Transfer to a platter and garnish with reserved bacon, the strips of egg, the remaining scallion greens, and the minced cilantro.