What is Crab Fried Rice?
Crab fried rice is a Thai Dish that has many complex flavors, but is so simple to make! The crab is the star of the dish with other tangy and sweet elements brought on by soy and oyster sauce among other things. It’s generally made with scrambled eggs in rice with other vegetables along with a protein.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Egg – Eggs add a good amount of protein to the dish but also richness. When you add it to the dish is up to the chef, but I prefer to scramble the eggs first!
Rice – Typically this dish uses jasmine rice because the delicate flavor is perfect for this dish. You can use any white or brown rice but be sure to use a long grain rice for this recipe. I like to use leftover rice from the day before for this recipe. This dish gives the rice a new life!
Vegetables – I love using broccoli, corn, and scallions in my version of crab fried rice. However, you can substitute any vegetables you like. Just be sure to cut them into bite size portions.
Crab – You can use any crab meat that is available to you. I prefer to use lump crab meat because it’s sweeter and higher quality. If you don’t have crab available to you, you can use another protein such as chicken, beef, shrimp, bacon, scallops, or pork.
Sesame Oil – Sesame oil is a non-negotiable in fried rice. It adds a subtle nutty flavor and gives the dish it’s wonderful aroma.
Oyster Sauce – A little bit of oyster sauce goes a long way! If you are using a different protein that’s not seafood then you can omit this ingredient, but it certainly adds a depth of flavor to your crab fried rice.
How To Make Crab Fried Rice
This dish is so easy to make, and you can use almost anything you have in your kitchen already! You want to start by making your teriyaki sauce that this dish will be served with. This is made by combining water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic powder. This mixture is heated and thickened with cornstarch. You can make this up ahead of time if you want and keep it in your fridge to serve on the side.
The crab fried rice itself starts by pulling the flavors out of your onions and garlic. Once this starts to cook down a bit then remove and set aside. You will then cook your eggs in the same skillet to get that wonderful flavor blended in.
With your scrambled eggs cooked, add back in your onions and garlic. Also add in your vegetables and sauté together for a couple minutes. Now add your crab meat, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, and salt to taste. Serve with your teriyaki sauce!
What kind of crab do you use in your crab fried rice?
You can use any kind of crab meat that is available to you in your area. I like to buy fresh lump crab meat for my crab fried rice. You can also use canned if that is what is available to you.
Can you substitute the crab?
Absolutely! If you would prefer you can substitute the crab for any kind of protein that you would like. My favorites are chicken, beef, shrimp, bacon, scallops, or pork to name a few.
Crab Fried Rice
- 1 1/2 Cups cooked lump crab meat
- 2 Large Eggs
- 4 Cups Cooked White Rice Day old Preferred
- 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion
- 1 Cup Fresh Broccoli Florets
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Sweet Corn
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Bean Sprouts
- 3 Scallions Chopped
- 4 Cloves Garlic Sliced
- 2 Tsp Ginger Minced
- 3-4 Tbsp Avocado Oil
- 3-4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 3 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
- 1/2 Tsp White Pepper
- Salt to taste
- Green Onion for Garnish
- 1/2 Cup Soy sauce
- 1/4 Cup Dark brown sugar packed
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch mix with 1/4 cup cold water to make a slurry
- 1/2 Cup water
- Begin by making your teriyaki sauce. In a small saucepan, combine your water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic. Place over medium heat and let cook for 2-3 minutes to heat through.
- Mix together your corn starch and water to create a slurry and add that to the saucepan. Allow to come to a boil and then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, and allow to thicken. Once desired thickness is reached, set aside. Mixture will thicken even more as it cools.
- Next, place a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, add about 1 Tbsp of avocado oil. Toss in your yellow and green onion and Sautee 1-2 minutes until translucent. Add your garlic and cook until fragrant, about 60 seconds. Remove and set aside.
- Next, add 1 more Tbsp of avocado oil to the pan along with 2 Tbsp butter. Whisk your eggs and add them to the pan. Scramble the eggs and remove and set aside.
- Next, add your onions and garlic back to the skillet. Add in your broccoli, corn, and bean sprouts. Cook over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes to soften the veggies. Add in your day old rice and mix well to combine in the pan.
- After 1-2 minutes, add in your eggs, sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper, and salt to taste. Cook for additional 1-2 minutes, fold in your lump crab meat and ensure not to break it up too much.
- Garnish with green onion and teriyaki sauce. Serve and ENJOY!
- In a saucepan, Combine 1/2 cup water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic powder and add place over medium heat. Cook about 1 minute to heat through.
- Mix your corn starch slurry in a small bowl and add to the saucepan. Stir until dissolved.
- Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, and allow to thicken. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- Serve and ENJOY!
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