Yes, rice itself is gluten-free. What makes fried rice not gluten-free is the soy sauce. Soy sauce is a fermented blend of soy beans, wheat, mold cultures, and yeast. While the amount of wheat may be small in some brands, it is still there. And if you are sensitive to wheat as we are, well, it matters. So, where does that leave you? With San-J Gluten-Free Tamari line or Kikkoman’s Gluten-Free Soy Sauce.
We love San-J’s products and have never been disappointed by any of their sauces. Our new favorite soy sauce is their Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (black label). It is rich and earthy, and reminds us of the non-gluten-free soy sauce we used to enjoy.
This recipe was given to me by my foreign exchange students mom. The only difference between this recipe and hers, is the rice we use. I have scavenged ever where for the exact rice used in her Taiwanese recipe, but I have not been able to find it yet. We came close with Sweet Brown Rice. Although, I am told Short Grain Brown Rice might work be better. We have made this recipe with Long Grain White Rice too, but the Brown Rice was preferred.
So, here it is, our Fried Rice recipe:
2 cups cooked rice – we prefer brown rice, but you can use white rice.
2 cups chopped ham – you can use lunch meat ham, ham steaks, or any other meat you happen to have on hand, including bacon.
1-1/2 cups peas – we prefer the crunch of frozen peas
1 1/2 chopped onions
San-J Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
White Pepper – you can use regular black or colored pepper too. White just hides better
Vegetable or Canola Oil
1. Beat egg – beat until all you see is yellow, so very very well. We use the fork in bowl method.
2. Chop ham into cubes and dice onion.
3. Pour 1 1/2 cups of oil into the bottom of your wok. Warm oil.
4. Keep a mental laddle or spider laddle handy. Add egg. Stir! Stir! Stir! using a that laddle! or really long chop sticks
The eggs will begin to cook, once they are done (approx 1 1/2-2 minutes), remove eggs using laddle and cool on a paper towel lined plate.
5. Add onions to the hot oil and cook for a minute. Add ham to onions and stir. Cook for a minute, or until the edges have just started turning brown.
6. Add rice and peas and toss. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
7. Give two turns around the wok with Soy Sauce. Mix it in and Cook ’til warm.
Serves 4-5 people