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We all have our own favorites when it comes to our mom’s cooking. I’ve never been a fan of fried rice, but I’m in love with my mom’s imitation crab fried rice. It’s the only one I’ll eat (except for kimchi fried rice). It might be my love for all things seafood, but when I moved out it was one of the dishes I had to call my parents for the recipe.
Today I’ll be sharing my imitation crab fried rice with you. This recipe is pretty simple with ingredients that you can store in your fridge/freezer/pantry for long periods of time. Not only that, both prep work and cooking time is minimal (unless you’re cooking rice the day of).
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Let me walk you through what you need.
Imitation crab can easily be stored in the freezer for a considerable amount of time— about 9 months! If you’re buying it already frozen, check the package’s expiration date. But you can easily buy it fresh and freeze.
Rice is one of those items that last as long as you need to use them up for. Well, don’t take my word for it. Research how long your type of rice lasts for (but for white rice, it’s definitely for a long time!).
Fried rice is perfect with leftover rice. If you plan in advance, you can cut the waiting time (because cooking makes your tummy wait) and make it the night before. You can use freshly cooked rice, but in my opinion, it’s just not the same.
Garlic, egg, and spices are pretty much pantry essentials.
And you don’t need a wok. All you need is a big enough fry pan to accommodate how much you’re making. And if it’s only yourself, then a 9-inch pan will be perfect.
The prep and cooking process is short. All you need to do in advance is chop the garlic and mix the egg. Depending on your imitation crab, you may just need to dump it in or easily use kitchen scissors to cut them.
As for all the cooking, imitation crab and rice are pretty much cooked and simply need to be heated up and fried for a few minutes. The garlic and egg don’t take a long time to be cooked either. Next thing you know you’re adding the spices and prepping your bowl.
This imitation crab fried rice recipe is perfect for times where you need to grab lunch or dinner with what you already have on hand.
- 1/2 cup imitation crab
- 1 1/2 cup leftover cooked rice of choice preferably long grain
- 1 egg
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- pinch of black pepper
In a pan, heat oil and add cooked rice. Stir-fry for a few minutes.
Add imitation crab and garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant.
Then add egg. Mix all together.
Add seasonings. Adjust if necessary.