Easy Garlic and Ham Fried Rice

Posted by Lauren

Easy Garlic and Ham Fried Rice

Never have I ever looked up a recipe for fried rice. There might be an official way to do it, and I’m probably getting it all wrong, but that – does – not – matter – because this stuff is quick, easy, and full of flavor!

Sunday nights I try to make a lot of food to bring with me to work and use as lunches. I typically manage a medley of rice, beans or chicken, and veggies. While this particular recipe came together as I was food prepping, you can easily make this as a side dish for lunch or dinner with your family and friends. I just prefer to eat it all myself! [Insert greedy mumbling here.]

Easy Garlic and Ham Fried Rice

Servings – 2-4 (entrée vs. side)


  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 7 oz. petite whole onions (half a bag)
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) bag of Tuscan-style vegetables (red peppers, mushrooms, onions, and broccoli)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 T hot sauce (I used tapatio)
  • 2 oz. ham (or more, if you want)


Boil 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Once boiling, add the brown rice, reduce the heat to low, cover, and set an alarm for 40 minutes. When the alarm goes off, pull the rice off the burner and let sit for 5 minutes before opening.

Meanwhile, heat the petite whole onions with 1 T water in a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes in the microwave. Drain the excess water and set aside. Repeat with the Tuscan-style vegetables, using the entire bag and 2 T water. After 4 minutes, stir and place back into the microwave for 1 minute.

Heat up a large, wide skillet/wok/pan over medium high heat. Once heated through, carefully add the 2 T olive oil, 1 T garlic, and the microwaved veggies. It sputtered up quite a bit so please be careful!

After about 1 minute, add the cooked rice and 2 T of soy sauce.

Crack two eggs into the pot the rice cooked in. Add 1 T milk, 1 T hot sauce, and swirl with a fork until combined.

Let the eggs cook through over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the eggs clump up.

Add the cooked, scrambled eggs to your fried rice pot and mix everything together really well. You can also add the ham at this point, but I chose to wrap the 2 oz. of ham in saran wrap.

When I heat up my lunch at work I’ll take 1/2 an ounce of ham at a time and add it to the microwave when there’s about 1 minute left on the automatic reheat option. I’m unsure about what constitutes a balanced meal, but there’s plenty of carbs (rice), fiber (veggies), protein (eggs + ham), and healthy fats (olive oil + egg yolks). Plus, you have the spicy flavors focused on the egg bits and minced garlic in almost every bite!

This is versatile as well. Swap out a different veggie blend to suit your preferences, sub ginger instead of garlic, or use a different protein in place of the ham. I had crab fried rice at Lemon Grass Restaurant (413 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA) last year with my two roommates at the time, Sarah and Mikaela. I still dream about that mix and I might recreate it if I see lump crab meat on sale! p.s. Lemon Grass is NOT open on Mondays. Learned that the hard way :(



Cheap eats! Ahhh, the repetition…


Comments (3)

  1. Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee

    I’ve never seen such tiny onions before! This looks really good. I like how your recipes don’t use a lot of hard-to-find ingredients. I guess the onions are hard to find, but I could just sub chopped regular onions, right? :)

    1. sugarcoatedsisters (Post author)

      The mini onions can probably be found in your grocery’s frozen food aisle! Lauren mentioned to me that the mini onions were the best part of the dish so it’s probably worth the search ;)
      – Nicole

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