Can You Make Fried Rice In An Air Fryer

Yes, you can make fried rice in an air fryer. This method provides a quick, less oily way of preparing fried rice, bringing out a delightful texture and flavor. Here’s a simple recipe to make air fryer fried rice:

Air Fryer Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked and chilled rice (preferably day-old rice works best)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn), either fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu for protein

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (about 177°C). If your air fryer doesn’t require preheating, you can skip this step.
  2. Prepare the Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice with olive oil or sesame oil to ensure the grains are well-coated. This helps prevent the rice from sticking together. Stir in the mixed vegetables and minced garlic. Drizzle the soy sauce over the rice and mix well to evenly distribute the flavors.
  3. Cook the Rice: Transfer the rice mixture to an air fryer-safe pan or a piece of aluminum foil shaped into a makeshift pan. Spread the rice evenly. Air fry for about 10-15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the rice is heated through and begins to get crispy on the edges.
  4. Scramble the Eggs: While the rice is cooking, scramble the eggs in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. You can season them with a little salt and pepper. Once cooked, set aside.
  5. Combine and Serve: Once the rice is done, gently fold in the scrambled eggs and chopped green onions. Give the mixture a good stir to combine everything. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more soy sauce, salt, or pepper if needed.
  6. Serve Hot: Serve the fried rice hot, straight from the air fryer. This dish can be enjoyed as is or served as a side to complement your main dish.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Fried Rice

  • Use Day-Old Rice: Chilled rice from the fridge works best for fried rice as it’s less sticky and holds up better during frying.
  • Stir Occasionally: To ensure even cooking and crisping, stir the rice mixture a few times during the cooking process.
  • Add Protein: Feel free to add in your choice of protein. If using cooked protein, mix it in with the eggs and green onions at the end.

Using an air fryer to make fried rice is a convenient and innovative way to enjoy a classic dish with minimal oil. It’s a quick and easy option for a delicious meal or side dish.

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