Master These 6 Recipes And Call Yourself A Rice Pro

We love rice...from our local takeout place. Whenever we try to make it at home, it's either totally burnt, waterlogged, or, for lack of a better word, coagulated. Luckily, Foodiversity: Rice 101 is here to help. Ahead, we'll explain how to cook perfect rice every time (without any complicated measurements), and provide five easy recipes ranging from comfort food staples to takeout favorites to delicious desserts.

Level IV: How To Make Fried Rice In A Flash

Photographed by Eric Helgas; Food styled by Ali Nardi.
Everyone loves a tasty, greasy fried rice from the local takeout joint, but it’s also a dish that can be easily (and more healthily) made at home! Throwing together fried rice is also a great way to use leftover rice, because you want the grains to be a little tough. Toss in some fresh chopped vegetables, soy sauce, and a little ham, and you’ve got yourself the perfect, quick meal to serve to guests, or enjoy solo while watching Netflix in your PJs.       

Fried Rice
Serves 2 as a main dish 

2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped leftover (cooked) ham or chicken
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup frozen green peas
2 cups cooked long grain white rice
1/3 cup sliced green onions
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp soy sauce, or to taste

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add red peppers and cook for 3 minutes or until tender.

2. Add the cooked ham and peas and stir until heated through, then add the rice and green onions, and cook while stirring for 5 minutes.

3. Push rice mixture to the sides of the pan, forming an empty spot in the center. Pour the egg in the middle of the pan, and cook and scramble with a wooden spoon, stirring in the rice as the egg becomes firm. Stir in soy sauce and serve.