Fried Rice & Potstickers

February 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm (Cooking) (, , , , )

My first recipe post (with pictures!)

This is one of my favorite dinners, it can be time consuming, but the good thing is, it keeps well so it can be dinner for 2 nights!

Fried rice is pretty simple actually.  You can put whatever you want into it.

First you make white rice as directed, I make mine in a rice cooker.  I made 3 cups of rice.

Next you prep the ingredients.  This is what I used:

Diced pork – buy the already smoked pork loin

Carrots – shredded


Snow peas

You can add anything in there.

The first thing I do is cook the eggs.  I used 6 eggs for this amount of rice.  If you have a wok it works great for this kind of thing, but  any deep skillet will do.  Put some oil in the bottom of the pan.  Crack the eggs into a bowl and lightly scramble – don’t add anything to them.  Drop them into the hot oil and stir them and break them up with a spoon or spatula.  They will cook quickly.  Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside.  Next cook all the ingredients.  Cooke them together, but add them one at a time so they will be finished at the same time.  Add some more oil to the pan, first I add the onions and let them sweat for a few minutes.  Next I add the pork.  I let these two cook for about 5-7 minutes, moving them around the pan so they don’t burn.  Next I add some ginger to the pan – you can buy ginger paste at the grocery store where the herbs are, it comes in a tube.  I put about 2 generous squeezes into the pan with the onion and pork and mix it in.  Next I add the carrots and snow peas and let them get soft.  If you are using mushrooms or broccoli this would be a good time to add them is as well.  Once the mixture is cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

Now add a little more oil and put the cooked rice in.  Stir the rice around to break it up and then add in all your ingredients – eggs and the pork / veggie mixture.  Now add soy sauce to taste and color.  It will be a good amount of soy to get that nice dark color.  Taste it and add a little salt if necessary.  Let it cook, while stirring around and incorporating for another 5 minutes and Voila.

Pot Stickers


Pork Loin – same one used for the fried rice.  One package.

3 cloves garlic

White mushrooms – about half a package

3 squeezes ginger paste

1 egg

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp vegetable or sesame oil

(you can add cabbage, or anything else you want to these)

Put everything in a food processor and combine.

Use wonton wrappers to make the pot stickers.  You can find these in the produce section at most grocery stores.

Place a teaspoon size amount of the filling into the wrapper.

Wet the edges of the wrapper and fold the top corner to meet the bottom corner so it forms a triangle.  Next bring the 2 corners together and squeeze so they stick to form the pot sticker.

There are 2 ways to make these.  They can be like traditional pot stickers which are fried first so they stick to the pan then steamed, or just steamed, so they’re more like dumplings.  I’ve made  them both ways, but these photos will be the traditional way.

Add some oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the pot stickers, flat side down and let them cook med-high heat for about 5-7 minutes until you can almost see the bottom getting crispy.  Then add 1 cup of water  and have the lid ready b/c it will splash hot oil when you add the water.  If you have kids, move them away when you do this.  Let them steam for about 10 minutes at medium heat.  If you have a clear glass lid, you will be able to see when the water has evaporated from the pan, that’s when they’re done.   Remove from pan.

If you want to just steam them, add a little oil to the bottom of the pan, add the pot stickers, then add a little more than 1 cup of water immediately.  Cover and let steam at least 10 minutes until the water has evaporated and the dough is soft.  Both ways are delicious!

Serve with ponzu sauce – you can buy it already made.

Yummy dinner 🙂

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