Japanese fried rice, known as “yakimeshi” in Japan, is so flavourful and delicious and super easy to make! It doesn’t require any special ingredients, just regular things you probably already have in the kitchen. It’s a particularly great dish to make with leftovers because you can use nearly any vegetables or meat you have leftover, then all you need to do is cook the rice (or use leftover rice too!).
Yakimeshi, which literally means “fried rice”, is another staple dish for Japanese people, just like Nikujaga (Japanese Beef & Potato). It’s a common dish we make during the week because it’s so quick and easy to make and most of us usually always have leftover rice that needs to be used. My mom often made this fried rice for lunch on Saturdays because she had to work that day and it was something she could quickly make for us and we always had leftover rice. Even if my mom doesn’t know what she’s going to cook for lunch or dinner, she’ll always make rice in the morning and leave it in the cooker just in case. If you already have rice cooked then making the fried rice doesn’t taken long at all.
A trick to get super tasty and non-sticky fried rice is to add Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise. The amazing thing is that you can’t even taste the mayonnaise, I’ve even added it to pancakes to make them extra fluffy and there’s no taste of mayonnaise at all! This isn’t a paid ad by the way, I’ve just really loved this mayo ever since I was little. I hope you try it out in the fried rice and enjoy the recipe!
- 2 cups of cooked rice
- 2 tbsp Kewpie Japanese Mayonnaise
- 2 slices short cut bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup green shallots
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise well with the cooked rice.
Chop the green shallots and bacon into small pieces.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan over high heat then add the rice and fry for a few minutes.
Put the rice to one side of the pan and add the eggs and scramble them.
Once the egg is half cooked, stir it into the rice.
Add the bacon and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the shallots and salt and stir a bit.
Remove from the heat and sprinkle a bit of pepper and serve!