Easy, peasy fried rice: The $4 dinner you’ll be putting on high rotation

Brought to you in partnership with Woolworths.

My dad didn’t always cook when we were kids {read: he never did} but when he did, he made fried rice. Family members remember it fondly, but I always groaned on fried rice night. {Sorry dad if you’re reading this!}. So I feel that it’s my duty in life to learn how to make GOOD fried rice, and over time I’ve realised that it’s really quite easy to do, and it’s a few key things that make it actually taste amazing.

First tip: Make the rice the day before. Freshly made rice is going to end up turning it into a gluggy fried rice. So make the rice the day before, or if you’re short on time or have forgotten these microwave rices are amazing. Don’t cook them, just open and use to make the fried rice.

Second tip: Cut everything up before you start cooking. This means that nothing burns or over cooks.

Third tip: You need to add flavour in. I like garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. They’re my magic trip. The sesame oil gives the rice a gloss and the garlic and ginger make it taste like it’s straight out of a restaurant.

This meal feeds four people as a main meal. If you had leftover roast meat or even a BBQ chicken, you could throw it in there, and you could even add in any vegetables that you wanted to. Try grated pumpkin, or even tomatoes! Anything goes, as long as you follow the three tips above.

To keep the spend on this one low, shop smart. The Woolworths Long Grain Rice is only $1.40 for 1kg, and you can use it for so many meals.

Here’s what I bought:

Woolworths Bacon from the deli – $12 per kilo {55 cents for four serves}
Woolworths Eggs – $3.50 per dozen {65 cents for four serves}
Woolworths Frozen Peas – $1.60 per bag {25 cents for four serves}
Woolworths Carrot – $2.20 per kilo {37 cents for four serves}
Woolworths Green Capsicum – $5.90 per kilo {61cents for four serves}
Woolworths Soy Sauce – $2.37 {5 cents for four serves}
Woolworths Spring Onion – $2.50 per bunch {15cents for four serves}
Woolworths Sesame Oil – $3.15 {10cents for four serves}
Woolworths White Long Grain Rice Family – $1.40 per 1kg {30 cents for four serves}
Woolworths Ginger – $25 per kilo {50cents for four serves}

Prices correct as at 14th of October 2019.

Easy, peasy fried rice recipe

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Easy, peasy fried rice: The $4 dinner you’ll be putting on high rotation

  • Author: fatmumslim



1 rasher bacon, chopped

2 eggs

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small knob of ginger, grated

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1/2 green capsicum, diced

1 cup frozen peas

1 spring onion, chopped

3 cups Woolworths Long Grain Rice, cooked and cooled

3 tbsp of soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil


1. Prep all the ingredients before you start cooking. In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook the bacon. Once browned and cooked though, remove from the pan and put aside.

2. Place 1/3 of the oil into the frying pan. Beat the eggs into a bowl, and pour into the frying pan. Leave to cook for one minute, flip over and cook the other side for 30 seconds. Put aside, and once cool, chop into small pieces.

3. Place the remaining oil into the frying pan, put in the carrot and capsicum. Cook for 1 minute. Add in the garlic and the ginger. Cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add in the peas, and then add in the cooked rice. Stir to mix through.

4. Add in the soy sauce and the sesame oil. Toss to coat. Lastly add in the bacon, chopped egg and spring onion. Stir, and take off heat to serve. Serve immediately.