In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Turkey Fried Rice.

If you’re always looking for ways to make use of leftover turkey, you’ll want to peep this recipe. This Turkey Fried Rice is now a tradition (along with Turkey Soup) in my home and to be honest with you, I don’t mind. It’s quick, easy to prepare, packed with flavor and very comforting overall.

You’ll Need…

  • 1 tablespoon pepper oil (optional – use any oil)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 1/2 cups diced turkey (cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1/2 carrot (grated)
  • 4 drops sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 scallion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3 cups cooked rice (chilled)
  • celery tops

Tip. Day old rice (chilled), works best for fried rice. I don’t like eggs (made for breakfast IMHO) in fried rice, but you can add it and anything else you like in your fried rice. You can add a teaspoon of dark soy sauce if you want the finished rice darker.

Prep the ingredients (try to have them the same size so they cook evenly) as this recipe will go fast – in under 6 minutes you’ll have a wonderful fried rice.

In a wok or non stick pan on a med/high flame, add the Pepper Oil (or any oil you have) and add the celery, onion and bell peppers, give it a stir.

Add the turkey and grate in the ginger and garlic, the carrot and mix everything well. Heat still on medium high. Go in with he Sesame oil (add more if you like the flavor… one of those things I don’t like much) and soy sauce> Stir well to combine and coat.

Add the salt (the rice was cooked in salted water) and oyster sauce, then add the rice. Remember, chilled rice will give you a more grainy texture when the dish is finished.

As soon as the rice heats through and everything is combined, you’re done! Note – if you add dark soy sauce as suggested above, remember to adjust the salt accordingly as the soy will bring that sodium element.

Top with the celery tops and scallions. Turn off the stove. Note the pepper oil will give it a gentle kick. A classic one pot fried rice, using stuff you may want to get rid off in your fridge.

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