How to Make Fried Rice in a Dorm Room
If you’re a college student, you’re probably aware of the limited kitchen access that comes with it. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to resort to eating junk food or ordering takeout every day. Today, I am going to show you how to make fried rice in a quick and easy way in your dorm room.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sesame oil, and minced garlic. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to infuse the oils with garlic flavor.
Prepare bacon slices according to the package. Once cooled, chop finely and set aside.
Chop scallions and set aside.
Prepare frozen vegetables according to the package. Let cool.
If necessary, remove vegetables from the bowl and chop more finely.
Add vegetables back to the bowl. Pour the beaten egg into the bowl and mix.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir the partially cooked egg gently with a fork to break it up. Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the egg is fully cooked.
Add the chilled cooked rice to the bowl, breaking up any clumps with a fork. Stir in the cooked vegetables and egg.
Drizzle the soy sauce and rice vinegar. Add the butter and garlic mixtures to rice.
Season with ginger powder and salt and pepper to taste. Add half of the scallions. Stir everything together until well combined.
Microwave the rice mixture on high for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the rice is heated through.
Add bacon bits and mix into the rice.
Remove from the microwave and let it stand for a minute or two.
Garnish with remaining chopped green onions and sesame seeds. For a kick of heat, add a drizzle of sriracha.
Especially on a meal plan, I often had to sacrifice a delicious dinner out for, yet another, dry dining hall dinner. This recipe for dorm room fried rice is here to save the day, providing you with a fuss-free way to enjoy a homemade meal packed with all the classic flavors of fried rice.
To make this dorm room fried rice, all you need are a few simple ingredients. This recipe will be sure to help clear out the leftovers in your mini fridge.
Using leftover rice for this recipe is ideal, as it will already be chilled and will save you some space! Or you could cook some fresh rice in your microwave using a microwave-safe container. Next, you’ll need some frozen mixed vegetables. These can be found in any grocery store, and they come in a variety of options, from Asian-style vegetables to classic mixed veggies. For this recipe, I used frozen onions and peppers since that was what I had on hand. Additionally, you’ll need some garlic, a beaten egg, and soy sauce, which can be found in most grocery stores as well. I used fresh garlic cloves that I minced, but jarred garlic works fine as well.
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In this recipe, I used microwave bacon, as it was what I had on hand, but the protein can be substituted as you please! Whether you prefer chicken, shrimp, tofu, or beef, you can add it to your dorm room fried rice for a protein boost.
This dorm room fried rice recipe is highly customizable, and you can add any cooked protein or extra veggies to give it your unique twist. I added the scallions as a garnish as well for a pop of freshness, but that is totally optional.
I also used furikake as a garnish for this recipe, which is a Japanese seasoning blend that is sprinkled on top of rice, noodles, and other dishes to enhance their flavor. The word “furikake” translates to “sprinkle over” or “sprinkle seasoning” in Japanese. It can be found at Asian grocery stores and on Amazon.
Making dorm room fried rice in the microwave is a quick, easy, and delicious way to enjoy a homemade meal, even while at school!