Something Easy – Fried Rice

Caribbean cuisine like the people is influenced by African, Amerindian, Indian, Chinese, British, Spanish, French and Dutch cuisine. So I figured I would start with something simple. Fried rice! There are many variations of this dish. You can add chicken, beef, shrimp, pork, vegetable etc. I usually make mine with vegetables and serve it with a baked meat dish.


3 – 4 tablespoons canola/olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 small onion chopped
2 cups Mixed vegetables (I use frozen mixed vegetables from the grocery store – carrots, green beans, corn) but you can chop your own fresh vegetables if you choose (usually, carrots, green, yellow and red pepper, celery, peas, sweet corn, bora beans etc.)
3 cups rice – cooked (left over rice works perfectly)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon season salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in large pan
Add garlic and chopped onion and sauté for 2 minutes
Add the vegetables to onion and garlic mixture and let cook for 2 minutes
Add season salt and pepper to taste
Add cooked rice and soy sauce to pan and stir fry mixture for 3 – 5 minutes
Taste rice for seasoning and add salt if necessary
Serve hot with your choice of beef, poultry or fish or on its own
A great complement to this dish is fried plantain (recipe to follow)

Vegetable Fried Rice (sorry for the poor picture quality)


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