Crab Fried Rice

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Authentic crab fried rice. Easy, delicious, and faster than picking up take-out!

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset RestaurantDespite the fact that my parents have a Thai restaurant, I know very little about Thai cooking. Growing up, we would either have dinner at the restaurant or bring food home from the restaurant. I suppose that’s the reason why I don’t know more about Thai recipes. I only made an effort to learn how to make and bake dishes that my parents didn’t know how to make.

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset RestaurantThat’s all about to change. I have plans to use the resources I have (aka The Original PK aka my mother) to learn more about Thai cooking so that I’ll have a “family recipe box” to pass down to future KP generations. And I have plans to share all that I learn here on The PKP Way!

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset RestaurantAnd so I bring you Crab Fried Rice.  Fried rice is Asian comfort food. It’s quick to throw together and every family, restaurant, and country has their own version. This is the version I grew up with and the version that’s served at the restaurant

The texture of the rice can either make or break the dish. Gummy and starchy rice can ruin fried rice, even if it’s a great recipe! You want each rice grain to be their own separate entity. They should not stick to one another. To achieve this, use old rice (about 1 day old)! Day old rice is drier and a little stiffer and any clumping will be minimal. If rice isn’t a staple in your dinners, you’ll have to plan ahead. But, if rice makes a regular appearance in your meals, simply make more than usual and use the leftovers for fried rice the next day!

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset RestaurantI used super lump crab meat from Chicken of the Sea, which I found at my local Costco. It’s a great hybrid (in taste and price) between canned crab and fresh crab.   

Wanna know the secret to truly incredible Crab Fried Rice? Crab paste with soya bean oil gives crab fried rice the iconic umami flavor. You can find it at your local Asian market, but if you don’t easily have access to one, find it online. You could leave it out altogether, but just know that it’s going to taste a little different than what you’d be served at a restaurant.

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset RestaurantOther ingredients that you’ll need and should easily be able to find in the Asian aisle at your grocery store are fish sauce and granulated chicken flavored boullion.

Make sure to check out the video below to see just how easy it is to make Crab Fried Rice

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset Restaurant  

 

Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset Restaurant
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Crab Fried Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Yields 1 serving. Fried rice at Siam Sunset Restaurant is made to order per customer. Make multiple servings by repeating the recipe.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories per Serving: 848 kcal
Author: Patty K-P
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon crab paste with soya bean oil (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups day old white rice (Jasmine recommended)
  • 4 tablespoons crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated chicken flavored bouillon or 1 teaspoon powdered chicken flavored bouillon
  • Sugar to taste*
  • 1 tablespoon scallions
  • Cilantro, sliced cucumbers, and lime wedges to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil. Once the oil is heated and shimmering, add the eggs and give it a light scramble.
  2. Add the crab paste with soya bean, if using, and stir to combine.
  3. Add the rice and toss. Add the crab meat and toss.
  4. Add the fish sauce and boullion and stir.
  5. Give it a taste and add the sugar, if desired.
  6. Garnish with a couple sprigs of cilantro and serve with cucumbers and lime wedges.
Recipe Notes

*I generally don’t add sugar because I enjoy the savory flavor and the crab meat adds a subtle sweetness. If you prefer it on the slightly sweeter side, add sugar in 1 teaspoon increments to taste.

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Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset Restaurant
Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset Restaurant
Crab Fried Rice from Siam Sunset Restaurant
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