Ginger Fried Rice + 5-Minute Fried Egg

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Ginger Fried Rice + 5-Minute Fried Egg //

I know on this blog (and Twitter/Instagram) I come off as “SUPER HAPPY AND CHEERFUL AND EATING/COOKING ALL OF THE TIME.” And yes, most of the time I am actually pretty stoked on life, and I do, in fact, cook a lot. But something you probably don’t know about me is that I have anxiety like whoa. It’s not like “nervous-nancy, annoying to be around” type anxiety. Nah. And I do feel like I’m nervous about the right things, if that makes sense.

Like, for instance, if a waiter spilled ketchup on my super expensive jeans (this has happened), I wouldn’t stress out and think it’s not going to come out. I trust the Tide commercials, you know. Those before and after shots with the grass stains are super convincing. So my honest reaction would be like, Oh no biggie, waiter guy who feels bad, can I have some soda water, please? No biggie! Free as a bird!

BUT, I do stress about life things. Big picture stuff. Mostly I have anxiety about not getting what I want. I’m anxious about disappointing people. I’m anxious about disappointing myself. And I’m scared that my dreams won’t come true and things won’t work out. (And I mean ALL of this in the least emo way possible. Promise!) So yeah, I worry. A lot, sometimes.

If you worry too, you’ve come to the right place today because I have two things that I think will help us!

1st – A plate of rice that is not only delicious but super easy. And that egg…good gracious. That egg is special! I’m a little obsessed

And 2nd – A lil’ knowledge from the LAST person you’d ever think would be capable to give life advice: Sarah Silverman.

(This post is in collaboration with Bravo for their show, Around the World in 80 Plates. This week they’re in Beijing, China. Check it out on Wednesday at 10pm/9pmc on Bravo!!)

Ginger Fried Rice + 5-Minute Fried Egg //

I was listening to the Sarah Silverman segment on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast when she said something so interesting. This is something she learned in therapy, so I consider this a huge freebie, guys! I love free stuff.

She said (I’m paraphrasing, obvi):

We’re all just looking through a pinhole and we don’t know what is coming up next. So instead of worrying like a crazy person, just stop trying to predict what’s going to happen–it’s going to happen whether you try to predict it or not. And realize that everything that has happened so far has been unpredictable. So chill out. Stay open to opportunities. And chill!

So yeah, breathe. We should all just breathe and eat some rice!

Ginger Fried Rice + 5-Minute Fried Egg //

This situation that sits atop this fried ginger rice is so good. It’s a 5-minute egg that’s been dipped in a little flour, buttermilk and panko bread crumbs. And then fried.

And remember the whole saying: “Fresh eggs for frying, old eggs for boiling.”

It rings very true with a soft 5-minute egg. I’ve tried this with fresh farm eggs (from the farmer’s market) and they were super tough to peel. But Trader Joe’s eggs? PERFECT!

Ginger Fried Rice + 5-Minute Fried Egg //

This rice is a perfect way to use up day-old rice from take-out. I didn’t use take-out rice, instead I made my own jasmine rice and dried it out in the fridge for a couple of hours.

It worked like a charm.

The ginger and garlic are almost like crispy chips, giving this rice the most amazing texture. The egg’s crunchy exterior and soft, runny yolk is perfection. This is a dream meal. Perfect for eating and enjoying and not worrying.

Ginger Fried Rice + 5-Minute Fried Egg //

Fried Ginger Rice with 5-minute Fried Egg

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1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
4 cups day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
3 teaspoons soy sauce.

5-Minute Fried Egg:
5 large eggs, divided
1/4 cup buttermilk, shaken
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs

1. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.

2. Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.

3. Raise heat to medium and add rice. Add soy sauce, stirring well and cooking, until heated through and lightly crispy. Season to taste with salt. Set aside.

4. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Using a spoon, gently lower 4 eggs into the water and then bring the heat down to medium, so the water reaches a simmer. Start the timer and set it to 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, transfer the eggs to cold water and gently peel.

5. Add 3 inches of oil to a cast iron skillet and heat oil to 400F. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat together the remaining egg, buttermilk and Sriracha. Add the flour to a shallow dish. On a medium plate, toss together the panko and teaspoon of salt.

6. Start with rolling the egg gently in the flour, dusting off any excess. Next, transfer the egg to the egg/buttermilk mixture and then place it atop the panko mixture, sprinkling the mixture on top of the egg, being sure it’s evenly coated. Gently drop the into the hot oil and cook on each side, about 30 seconds and until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Repeat process with the remaining eggs.

7. Divide rice among four dishes. Top each with an egg and sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.

Fried Rice recipe adapted slightly from Mark Bittman’s interpretation of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recipe

Yields: 4 servings

{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

Anita June 25, 2012 at 1:27 am

um hello adrianna – I’ve never posted here before (but I do check your blog regularly and do a little internal ‘whoop!’ when there’s a new post.

I’m not so hot on the soft boiled eggs – but I’m with you on the anxiety! I get majorly anxious about the stuff I haven’t achieved (yet hopefully) and also anxious about things that have happened, and that I obviously can’t change. Stupid huh?

So I’m actually loving the relevance of your post this morning (to me at least) and am going to adopt that mantra, for the foreseeable anyway!

And I love your blog btw, love the layout, love the pictures, the recipes & the regular dose of positivity!


Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hey Anita! Thanks for coming out from the dark! Thanks for the kind words. Glad I’m not alone. xo


erin @ yummy supper June 25, 2012 at 1:34 am

Wow. That egg is rad!
And I am so loving the Sarah Silverman advice. Trying to predict the future just makes me miserable too. I’m always reminding myself to just let things happen as they should.


Natashia@foodonpaper June 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

This dish is awesome! I love fried rice, especially with lots of egg, but this is wow factor. Like egg to the extreme.


Averie @ Averie Cooks June 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

My husband would LOVE that egg. It’s so perfect and I can never quite master hard (or soft) boiled eggs to that perfect level.


Margherita June 25, 2012 at 3:25 am

That egg looks absolutely amazing…the yolk looks like a poached egg yet it’s fried: unbelievable. Very good job!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 25, 2012 at 4:28 am

So fun! What a great idea!


Foodloveandhappiness June 25, 2012 at 5:16 am

Great dish, reaaaally like this! Going to try it soon!


Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn June 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

Never thought I would find Sarah Silverman inspirational. But, gotta tell you, woke up to a rather depressing, gray, stormy Brooklyn Monday morning and those words were just what the doctor ordered. So’s that oozy, delicious looking egg.


Abbie June 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

Do you have any amazing rice techniques you could share? Any time I try to make rice on its own (like, not cooked with meat in a dutch oven) it gets all soft and mushy and I know I’m not doing it right. This looks SO amazing but I would botch the rice and ruin it. :(

Love that Sarah Silverman. I thought she had the best “It gets better video” there was.


Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Hi Abbie! Yes. So for this recipe I used two cups of rice and 1 3/4 cup water. A lot of people use the ratio 1:1 but I never do. Heated a few tsps of olive oil in the medium saucepan, added the rice, dumped in the water, covered it and 15 minutes later. Boom! Done. Perfect rice. This 2 cups of uncooked rice equaled 4 cups.


Abbie June 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

awesome! thank you


Le Man and Wife June 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

Thanks for sharing this! I think anxiety is something that lots of people deal with–probably more people than we actually realize. I sometimes try to think back on how I would have dealt with something as a child; my anxiety did not show up until I was an adult, so taking on the mentality of my ten-year-old self definitely helps sometimes. I love the Sarah Silverman quote too, although sometimes easier said than done, right? :)

Love the fried egg idea, definitely trying it this week!


Allyn June 25, 2012 at 6:50 am

Holy crap. This looks AMAZING! I’d totally make hy husband do the egg frying part though. Ha.
BTW, your curried fried rice is one of our favorite easy meals ever!


EAT.STYLE.PLAY June 25, 2012 at 7:08 am

Drooling over that fried egg i saw that on Iron chef once and i always wanted to try it, looks so yummy. I want one right now!


Bev @ Bev Cooks June 25, 2012 at 7:16 am

I agree with this post on so many levels. I’m SUCH a high strung freak, so yeah, I get it.

And I need to get that egg in my face.


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) June 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

This looks so delicious! And I completely agree about worrying, I tend not to stress out too much about every day things (for the most part, I’m still human, haha), but the big life stuff definitely–and usually the exact same things and they are mostly career related.

Why have I never heard of frying an egg like this?! And that rice is definitely going to make an appearance in my kitchen as soon as possible. Major fan.


lynn @ the actor's diet June 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

fried egg me please! and is it wrong that i want to smother this in ketchup?


cindy June 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

Secret Anxiety! I totally get that…and remembering to chill out helps, but only sometimes. I bet that fancy egg would help the rest of the times….and, that rice probably doesn’t hurt either.


LouAnn June 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

love this post – the honesty and the recipe and the fact that Sarah had something useful to say
I worry about all the things you do – but what comforts me is the fact that only a small percentage of what we worry about actually happens, so we should just stop…….worry—–Deal?


Autumn June 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

Absolutely gorgeous! This actually made my mouth water!


Rachel@AskTheKitchenista June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

Wow. I was reading this and thinking I had done a guest post on your site and forgot about it. The worrying thing sounds like me so much, I thought it was! :-) Thanks for the advise via Sarah Silverman…sounds like what my mother was always telling me too! The egg looks beautiful…must try…I’m thinking over vinegar-braised greens would be nice too…as a grain-free alternative…thanks!


Kasha the FarmGirl June 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

Oh how I love runny eggs with rice! Brown jasmine would be terrific here as well.

Sometimes I’ll drizzle a little bit of Heidi Swanson’s cilantro-chile sauce over a poached egg on rice with some diced avocado. Such a healthy meal!

Thanks for posting, and rest assured you are not alone in the anxiety department.


Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Brown jasmine rice would be awesome. I’ll always go for brown rice over white rice–but I couldn’t find any that I liked at the store. And that sauce sounds incredible.


Lily @ Candied-Life June 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

that fried egg is beautiful! mouth is officially watering.


Natasha June 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

Ohmygah I want ginger fried rice and a pan fried egg!! I don’t need either of those things, but I really really want them…


Rett June 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

This looks amazing! I will definitely be making it sometime soon. Also, I never realized that you are supposed to use day old rice when making fried rice! That definitely explains all of the problems I’ve had in the past.


Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables June 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

loved this post because i’ve been experiencing major anxiety about big life things lately. It’s so hard to tell yourself that it will all work out-it’s the inner control-freak in me :)


Fatima June 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

I own about 24 chickens, so I know a thing or two about peeling fresh hard-boiled eggs: boil them, rinse with cold water and pour ice over them, till cold. They will peel like a charm!


Korena June 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

I expend a considerable amount of energy worrying about that same stuff – I think most people do, which is something of a comfort because it means I’m not crazy! Just… worried 😉 I love a good runny egg and this looks awesome with the crunchy coating. One question: should there be 5 eggs in the ingredients list – 4 for boiling and 1 for mixing with the buttermilk?


Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

YES! Thanks for catching that. All fixed now. P.S. Definitely not crazy, or we’re all crazy. :)


sarah k @ the pajama chef June 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

what a cool idea for the egg!


The Culinistas June 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

That is one of the most delicious looking eggs! I’ve been meaning to make fried rice for a while and this looks like the perfect recipe to follow.


Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

I love that you put sriracha in the buttermilk mixture! I love the way the combo of that + ginger & garlic sounds!


mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry June 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hey Adriana, totally with you on the anxiety/worry thing and glad to know I’m not the only one out there who does it! That egg…omg I just teared up a little. Perfection.


Megan June 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I worry too, so I can totally relate! Sarah Silverman is spot on. What a lady!

Oh, and this helps me out too:

Let’s throw our worries in the Grand Canyon!

Oh, and this looks delish, obvi. :)


Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Oh that’s a good link. Thanks for sharing that, I think I missed that blog post. :)


Just A Smidgen June 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

This is so adorable.. a little egg in a nest.. perfect fair weather fare;) I have a son that is anxious and wonder if he inherited it from me.. as I also have anxiety. *sigh* I’m letting it go… xoxo


Juliana June 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

These types of eggs are sooooo delicious, I did something very similar and topped my shrimp & grits with it. Totally worth the extra work. Your ginger fried rice looks awesome, I can’t wait to make it!



Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Yours looks SO good. And I love Savannah, too. Super pretty city.


Karista's @Karista's Kitchen June 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Love, love that fried five minute egg! Beautiful pictures, makes me want to reach in and take a bite. :)


Lynna H. June 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Omg…that egg…it just looks so darn good right now…i HAVE to make this. soon. really really soon.


Nina Munchen June 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Hello Adrianna
Thanks for the ginger rice 5 minute fried egg recipe.
I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
If you don’t mind, can you submit your ginger rice 5 minute fried egg photo in ?
It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. submit by yourself and let me know when you did, so I can share it.


Tasha Zee June 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

Great pictures!! Love the look of the egg but sooo cannot get myself to eat a runny egg .. I know I suck .. I have no taste lol .. it does look amazing tho!


Stephanie Farrar June 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

I made this last night for my fam. And holy canoli it was amazing! And so light… minus the buttermilk! Love this blog so very much… and love your overall tone and lighthearted vibe. Thx for doing such great work. I’m starting a food blog with my girlfriend… and your’s is top five fave… Thx!!


Adrianna June 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

SO AWESOME! Congrats on starting a new blog. Let me know what the url is once it’s up and running–I love reading new blogs! xo


joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

I love this recipe AND I’m a big fan of that Sarah Silverman line.. Something I really needed to hear that these days. I’ve been wrapped up trying to predict what will happen with this unfortunate/disappointing/confusing relationship situation i’m in, and you’re right – trying to predict or worry doesn’t help. Just have to have faith! Easier said than done, but we can all do it. :)


Adrianna June 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Joelle! Sending much love your way! xoxo


Sarah from 20something cupcakes June 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

This looks AWESOME! I feel like I bookmark so many recipes but rarely get a chance to make them, because I work full-time and have *barely* enough time to work on my own recipes. This, however, I might have to try!


Erin June 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Oh wow, that looks so delicious. Those pictures have me up and pulling our leftover rice out of the fridge. Can’t wait to try it!!


Renata June 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

OMG!!! That egg looks scrumptious!!!


Meghan June 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

oh my word. i need this egg in mylife. many many years ago when the ramen crazy was just hitting the US i read about a ramen shop in Japan wear they served a whole egg in this preparation on top of the ramen. i dream about eating this ramen – but have always been intimated by the egg! thank you thank you thank you for working it out for me.

and yah – anxiety like crazy cakes about everything all the time especially as my grown up life has slowed down a bit i feel like i’m still waiting on the next thing when its really years away


Adrianna June 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Ah yes! The egg is so important in ramen!


Young Wifey June 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Wow! Gorgeous and drool worthy!


Javelin Warrior June 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I always love dropping by to see what you’ve created…


Luanna July 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

I just saw this on Pintrest and subscribed to your blog for this recipe alone. I cannot wait to try it! Thanks!


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Evi July 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

This looks absolutely delicious, and I can’t wait to try it! And Sarah Silverman is right, worry about right now and not too much about the future. I try to do the whole mantra of focusing on “right now”, we don’t tend to enjoy the current moment. Although, it’s hard sometimes!


Lex July 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

FANTASTIC recipe! The only problem I had was getting the eggs just right without splitting or falling to pieces, any tips?


Adrianna July 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hmm…if you’re having trouble maybe make a 6-minute egg? The egg won’t be super runny, but it won’t be completely cooked either. This way you’ll at least get a great tasting egg.


Amy July 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

Well — I finally made this last night, and it was SO good. So so so good. Honestly I think I’m going to skip the frying of the egg next time because I was too hungry to wait for that haha. The runny yolk with the rice… amazing. You have such great ideas!! Thanks for sharing :)


Adrianna July 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

YAY! Awesome. So glad to hear this.


Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat July 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Omg! I had an egg like that at Prune in NYC and have been wondering how they did that!! Thank you!!!


Adrianna July 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Oh! I need to get myself to Prune!


debbie July 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

i have anxiety like whoa too. i love your blog. and i love eggs. must make this soon! thanks for sharing!


Sandy January 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

So very tasty ,just make sure he eggs are not fresh. They will not peel correctly.


Karen February 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I had so much difficulty with the egg. Tried it twice at 5 minutes with fresh eggs and both times the feel apart as I was peeling them. Any advice as I really wanted to experience this amazing recipe.


Adrianna February 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

Bummer! I’ve had this happen to me too with new, fresh eggs. Older eggs (a week or two old) seem to peel easier. I’d recommend trying again in a few days when your eggs are a bit older.


Cat March 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I’m ecstatic that i stumbled upon your website, everything you make looks amazing… but this egg… I NEED it in my life!!!


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