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This Chinese restaurant-style  Schezwan fried rice recipe is the absolute BEST.  It’s quick and easy to make, customizable with any of your favorite mix-ins, and so irresistibly delicious.

Another fried rice in the series. Unlike the most known bland version of Chinese fried rice available in most of the restaurants,  this schezwan fried rice is fairly hot. This dish is a delectable blend of spicy flavors that are sure to tease your palate. The main ingredient ‘schezwan sauce’. I prefer to cook it freshly, as the homemade sauce has amazing flavors and it increases the taste of this fried rice tremendously. You may however use ready-made sauce if you like. 

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST SCHEZWAN FRIED RICE:

 Here are the important things I have learned over the years about how to make the best fried rice.

1) Use cold rice:  A fresh batch of warm (or even lukewarm) rice will not fry well when it hits the hot pan and will result in soggy and sticky clumps. So leftover refrigerated rice is ideal!  Or, if you are in a hurry just cook up a fresh batch of rice.  Then spread it out on a baking sheet or another large flat pan, cover it with foil then pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes (or in the freezer for 10-15 minutes). Until it is thoroughly chilled (not frozen).

2) Use butter: Yes, butter.  I have made many a batch of fried rice using various oils, and I’m now convinced that It just tastes so much better when we use butter instead of oil. Also, it makes everything brown up perfectly. 

3) Use veggies: This is one of my big tricks to add lot’s of colourful vegetables to make it an eye-catcher. In addition to adding some nice spots of colour, veggies go a long way in adding some flavour and freshness to fried rice.  Our local Chinese restaurant always added both white and green onions, too, which I included in this recipe.  But feel free to modernise this recipe with some other delicious stir-fried veggies as well!

4)  Use toasted sesame oil: I use Toasted sesame oil at the end. It is my favorite smelling ingredient in my kitchen and tastes wonderful in fried rice.  (Also note that sesame oil is meant as a finishing oil, not cooking oil, so remove the pan from the heat and then stir it in.)

5) Use high heat: This will help fry and brown the rice and veggies well. It will also help prevent the rice from steaming in the pan and sticking together too much.

6) Don’t be afraid to add in some extra soy sauce at the end: I know that everyone has different sensitivities to salt, and different brands of soy sauce also contain pretty dramatically different levels of sodium.  So I went a little light on soy sauce in the recipe below.  But please add more at the end if this tastes good to you.  I almost always stir an extra drizzle into my portion and love it.

7) The Last But Not The Least SCHEZWAN SAUCE: As by now, you must have realized that this fried rice is a fire one. I mean to say too spicy, so if you are a spice lover and really like spicy food don’t be afraid to add homemade schezwan sauce in it. You can easily adjust the quantity according to your requirement of chillies. But this is the key ingredient of this fried rice so play with it.

HOMEMADE FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:

Alright, so let’s talk ingredients.To make this Schezwan fried rice recipe, you will need (affiliate links included):

  • Cooked, chilled rice: Any kind of white or brown rice will do.  Just be sure that it is cooked (I always cook mine in this Rice Cooker, which works like a charm) and thoroughly chilled (in a sealed container in the refrigerator) before adding it to your hot skillet.  Again, freshly-cooked rice will not work well in this recipe.
  • Carrots, Beans, Onions, green onions  This is the base mix of veggies that I always use for fried rice. But feel free to add in other stir-fry veggies you love. For this, I use Good quality Saute Pan that I bought from AMAZON
  • Garlic: Freshly-minced.
  • Soy sauce: I created this recipe using low-sodium soy sauce.  So add less if you’re using traditional soy sauce. you can order it on AMAZON
  • Toasted sesame oil: The finishing touch in this recipe, which is a must.  You can also find it in the Asian section of grocery stores, or order it on AMAZON
  • Butter: My favorite way to stir fry rice.
  • Schezwan Sauce: The key ingredients of the recipe. Schezwan sauce is easily available in the market but I feel Homemade is better as it has a very fresh taste of spices and no preservatives at all. So make it or order it on AMAZON

HOW TO MAKE FRIED RICE:

To make this homemade Schezwan Fried Rice Recipe, simply:

  • Sauté your veggies and garlic: Heat your sauté pan,add 1 Tbsp butter and sauté the onions, carrots, and garlic until soft and cooked through.
  • Make your homemade Schezuan Sauce: For that boil one cup of water and add the dry chilies and garlic and simmer for 8 to 10 min. Drain out the water and grind into a smooth paste in liquidizer using a little water. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and sauté the garlic, green chilies, ginger, onions, and celery for 1min.  Add Cornflour, vinegar, sugar, Ajinomoto, and salt in the stock mix well and add to wok. Bring to a boil and keep aside. Use as required.
  • Stir fry rice: Then turn the burner to high heat.  Scooch the veggies over to one side of the pan, melt the remaining butter in the other half, and add the chilled rice, soy sauce, and schezuan sauce.  Then stir to combine with the veggies and continue sautéing the rice, stirring every 15-20 seconds or so for 3 minutes, or until you notice the rice and veggies starting to brown slightly.
  • Remove pan from heat. And stir in your green onions and sesame oil
  • Taste and season.  Give the rice a taste, and season with Chinese seasoning salt and pepper, plus any extra soy sauce or sesame oil if needed.
  • Serve!  Then dish it up and serve nice and warm!

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Schezwan Fried Rice

Recipe by MINAL SHARMACourse: MainCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

3

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

162

kcal

Schezwan fried rice- This schezwan fried rice is fairly hot. This dish is a delectable blend of spicy flavors that are sure to tease your palate. The main ingredient ‘schezwan sauce.

Ingredients

  • Cooked rice 2 cups

  • Butter 2 Tbsp

  • Salt to taste

  • Vinegar 2 teaspoons

  • French beans finely chopped4-6

  • Carrot finely chopped1 medium

  • onion 1 finely chopped

  • spring onion – 1/4 cup finely chopped

  • homemade schezuan sauce/readymade- 2 Tbsp

  • Chinese seasoning -1 tsp

  • For schezuan sauce
  • 15 dry red chili

  • 1/4 cup garlic, chopped

  • Other ingredients…
  • 1Tbsp garlic, finely chopped

  • 1tsp green chili, finely chopped

  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger, grated

  • 2 Tbsp onions, finely chopped

  • 1 cup clear vegetable stock

  • 1 Tbsp Cornflour mixed with 2 Tbsp water

  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • A pinch Ajinomoto powder

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Sauté your veggies and garlic: Heat you sauté pan, add 1 Tbsp butter, and sauté the onions, carrots, and garlic until soft and cooked through.
  • Make your homemade Schezuan Sauce: For that boil one cup of water and add the dry chilies and garlic and simmer for 8 to 10 min. Drain out the water and grind into a smooth paste in liquidizer using a little water. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and sauté the garlic, green chilies, ginger, onions, and celery for 1min. Add Cornflour, vinegar, sugar, Ajinomoto, and salt in the stock mix well and add to wok. Bring to a boil and keep aside. Use as required.
  • Stir fry rice: Then turn the burner to high heat. Scooch the veggies over to one side of the pan, melt the remaining butter in the other half, and add the chilled rice, soy sauce, and schezuan sauce. Then stir to combine with the veggies and continue sautéing the rice, stirring every 15-20 seconds or so for 3 minutes, or until you notice the rice and veggies starting to brown slightly.
  • Remove pan from heat. And stir in your green onions and sesame oil
  • Taste and season. Give the rice a taste, and season with Chinese seasoning salt and pepper, plus any extra soy sauce or sesame oil if needed.
  • Serve! Then dish it up and serve nice and warm!

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