Japanese fried rice, known as “Yakimeshi” in Japan, is such a flavourful and delicious recipe that is super easy to make! This is because it doesn’t require any special ingredients, and you can create it with things you probably already have in your kitchen.
What is Yakimeshi?
Yakimeshi, which literally means “fried rice”, is another staple dish for Japanese people just like Nikujaga(Japanese Beef & Potato).
Make the most of your leftovers
It’s a particularly cheap dish to make with leftovers because you can use nearly any vegetables or meat, then all you need to do is cook the rice (or use leftover rice too!).
Midweek Quick Dinners
It’s a common dish we make during the week because it’s so quick and easy. Usually we always have leftover rice that needs to be used, so it’s the perfect midweek meal!
Simple lunch on Weekends
My Mom often made this fried rice for lunch on Saturdays. My mother was kindergarten teacher, and schooling in Japan used to be 6 days a week. So, she had to work Saturdays. Yakimeshi, the Japanese fried rice, was something she could quickly make for us because we always had leftover rice.
As good as take away fried rice
This recipe is as good as the Japanese fried rice Yakimeshi from Japanese restaurants or take away stores. One reason is because the rice grains are separated perfectly so each single rice grain is fried individually. (We describe this as “Para para”, which means it has a loose, crumbly texture)
Is your home cooked Yakimeshi soggy and mushy?
Have you ever thought when you cook Japanese fried rice Yakimeshi, that it never tastes the same as the takeaway store? Why is that? Fried rice sounds so simple and easy to cook. Are your Yakimeshi rice grains sticking together, soggy or mushy?
The reason that restaurants’ Yakimeshi is so good
It’s because the rice is cooked on a very high temperature and constantly flipped like a chef does with a wok.
But I don’t have a wok and muscles!?
I don’t have a big wok nor the muscles either, to keep flipping the rice by tossing my wok around. But wait! There is an amazing trick for people like me who have no muscles, and don’t have a gas cooktop with a high temperature setting (which gives you have greater control over the frying temperature)
My secret weapon
My trick to getting super tasty and non-sticky fried rice, is to add Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise. I know! I use a lot of mayonnaise for many recipes. I read a tweet somewhere about the technique of using mayonnaise in making pancakes which went viral recently. I thought that finally the world is catching up with using mayonnaise for everything!
This is not 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!
Science behind my secret
The egg yolks and emulsified vegetable oil coat each grain of rice when it is fried with mayonnaise. So the Japanese mayonnaise really separates the rice grains. The amazing thing is, that you can’t even taste the mayonnaise and it makes the fried rice much richer in flavour.
Never failed, foolproof Yakimeshi Japanese fried rice
I have been using this trick and it never fails to achieve that “para para” (which means it has a loose, crumbly texture) fried rice, just as if the Yakimeshi was cooked at a restaurant.
Variations of Yakimeshi Japanese fried rice
Check out other fried rice ingredients I have shared on Chopstick Chronicles. For example, Kimuchi Fried rice, Ketchup Rice, Black sesame Chahan, Sobameshi (this is heavenly carb loading), Japanese curry fried rice.
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Yakimeshi - Japanese Fried Rice
- 2 cups of cooked rice
- 2 tbsp Kewpie Japanese Mayonnaise
- 2 slices short cut bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup green shallots
- 1/2 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 for a bit.
- Remove from the heat and sprinkle a bit of pepper and serve!