A simple, quick and easy recipe for mushroom fried rice. This recipe works with any fresh mushroom, from buttons to morels, and whatever vegetable is in season when you make it.
Pretty much everyone has eaten fried rice, but not everyone knows its place in Asian cooking: Generally speaking, fried rice is a comfort food, leftover user dish that you make when you are in a hurry or just don’t feel like something elaborate.
So a mushroom fried rice would be something you’d make when you had lots of mushrooms around — or, conversely, when you wanted to use some dried mushrooms from the pantry.
I vastly prefer to make mushroom fried rice with fresh mushrooms of any sort, but you can make it with dried mushrooms — just rehydrate them for 30 minutes before you begin.
Extra Mile Option. Rehydrate the mushrooms, strain the water they soaked in, then use that to cook the rice. Not traditional, but good.
I used morels in this recipe, because we had a banner morel year, so why not? But plain ole’ button mushrooms are OK, too, although most supermarkets sell shiitakes, and they are the kings of supermarket mushrooms in my book. But like I said, any edible mushroom is fine.
Rice in any fried rice recipe needs to be long grain and it needs to be pre-cooked and cold. Making fried rice with freshly cooked rice won’t work — it gets all gunky.
Mostly you will be using leftover rice from a previous dish for your mushroom fried rice, but if rice is not in your regular rotation, you can make it up to a few days before and leave it in the fridge.
In a pinch, you can make your rice a couple hours before, and lay the finished rice out on a baking sheet in a thin layer to dry. Stir it around with to separate the grains as it does.
Vegetables and Variations
My mushroom fried rice has morels and asparagus because they are a perfect match. But the spirit of fried rice is to use what’s around, so you could pair chanterelles with summer squash or peppers, or porcini and carrots, or hell, just go with the standard mix of peas and carrots from the freezer section.
Beyond that, I use the “holy trinity” of Chinese cuisine — garlic, ginger and chiles — as well as green onions and cilantro.
I also like to do the scrambled egg thing in my mushroom fried rice, for added protein.
Other Fried Rice Recipes
Other than mushroom fried rice, you will find a host of other fried rice recipes here on Hunter Angler Gardener Cook:
- Crab fried rice with pineapple. This is a Thai style fried rice.
- Duck fried rice, done Chinese style.
- I also make my Cajun dirty rice in the style of Asian fried rice, if you want to go that route.
Once made, mushroom fried rice will keep a couple days in the fridge. Reheat it over low heat in a pan with a lid. It usually takes 10 minutes or so.
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Mushroom Fried Rice
- 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms (see above)
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
- 1 to 3 small, hot chiles, like Thai, pequin, arbol or Tabasco
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3 tablespoons lard, peanut oil or rice bran oil
- 3 cups cooked, cold rice
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions
- 1/2 pound asparagus, sliced on the diagonal into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons cilantro or rau ram
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
- Slice or break apart the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Heat a wok or large pan over very high heat until the pan is quite hot. Add the mushrooms and stir fry until they give up their water, which will take a couple minutes. NOTE: If you are using rehydrated mushrooms, this won't happen, so move to the next step after 30 seconds or so.
- As the mushroom water boils away, add the ginger, chiles and garlic and mix well. When the water is almost gone, add the oil or fat and stir fry until you get some browning. You want to keep things moving and use really high heat here.
- Add the cooked rice, breaking up any clumps. Stir fry 1 minute, then move everything to the side of the wok or pan. Drop the beaten eggs in the space you just made, stirring them to cook. When they are mostly set, mix everything all together. Stir fry another 30 seconds.
- Add the remaining ingredients except for the sesame oil, and stir fry 1 minute. If you want, after you mix everything together, let it sit in the pan for 1 minute undisturbed: This gets you some serious browning that's delicious.
- Turn off the heat and drizzle over the sesame oil, if using.
Steve Engelhardt says
Once again you steered us in a wonderful direction. We mixed this with your venison stir fry and it was amazing! Thanks Hank.
Jeff W. says
Great recipe Hank, and easy to make! I was looking for another way to use up my dried morels before spring and this one will be it.
It’s also just as good the next morning…crisped up in a little bacon grease, a dash of Cajun seasoning and a couple eggs on top.
Sharon Lashway says
yes! omg yes! I used wild lobster and oyster mushrooms that I collect this past summer and reconstituted while I prepped all of the ingredients (cooked the rice last night to get good and cold). I used Serrano from the garden as my Thai Chile’s are all dried. This has such a good charred and seafood flavor. I can’t get enough of this! super easy way to use wild mushies in the off season.
Dee Dee says
This was absolutely delicious and a crowd pleaser.
S. Dibb says
Perfect accompaniment to many duck and venison recipes (as is duck fried rice)!
Kurt Jacobson says
Love this post and mushrooms. As one of the chefs that conducts mushroom cooking demos for Phillips Mushrooms at the Woodlands shop I can’t wait to try this recipe. One common mistake consumers and chefs make is calling White Mushrooms buttons. Button mushrooms are merely small White mushrooms.
David B. says
Sounds really delicious. I have found that placing the cold rice in a zip lock bag and adding the liquid ingredients, then close the bag and massage the rice. This allows the liquid ingredients to be mixed into the rice much better and the clumps of rice are seperated. Then add rice to hit pan as recommended in the recipe. Thank you for you great insight.
Karen E Talbot says
Have been making fried rice since the 70’s. Thanks for this tip!
Thanks Hank – will be trying next weekend!
Have a great week.