Lightened Prawn Fried Rice

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time35 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
220g jasmine rice
1/2 cinnamon stick
455g peeled and deveined prawns, halved lengthwise
One 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into matchstick pieces
2 tablespoons dry sake
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Cooking spray
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
Handful snow peas, halved
2 carrots, thinly sliced on an angle
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, halved and sliced root to stem
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 spring onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

Prepare the rice according to package directions, adding the cinnamon stick with the water. Fluff the rice, discard the cinnamon stick and set aside to cool.

Toss the prawns with half of the ginger, 1 tablespoon of the sake, the vinegar and pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Let marinate 10 to 15 minutes. Mist a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the prawns with the marinade and cook, stirring, until just opaque, 2 minutes. Transfer to a large plate and set aside.

Mist the same pan and return to medium-high heat. Lightly beat the eggs and egg whites and add to the pan. Cook until scrambled, breaking up with a spatula and transfer to the same plate as the prawns.

Return the pan to medium-high heat, mist with nonstick spray and add the snow peas, carrots, garlic, onions and remaining ginger. Cook, stirring, until softened and crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Transfer to the same plate as the prawns and eggs.

Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil. Add the cooled rice, toss with the oil and pack in the pan in a firm layer. Cook, without stirring, until the bottom of the rice is browned and crusty. Stir the rice and pack it in another layer. Repeat the process until the rice is well toasted and browned, and stopping if the rice seems to be getting dry. Add back the prawns, eggs and vegetables along with the remaining 1 tablespoon sake and soy sauce and toss well to combine. Remove from the heat and top with the sliced spring onions.

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