A flavorful, simple and easy Tuna and Kimchi Fried Rice that is ready in 30 minutes or less. This is great for lunch, or dinner if you are in a hurry and need something quick to prepare.
I had been meaning to do this post for a long time now but I always got side track with so many recipe that I want to share with you guys. Since I made this for lunch this week, I thought I had to share it now or I’ll never get to it. This is a very simple recipe. This is a great was to use canned tuna, you can use flakes or chunky, either in water or oil. If using tuna in oil, use the tuna oil to stir fry the ingredients. That tuna oil is so flavorful so do not throw it away.
What is Kimchi?
Kimchi is a fermented vegetables, cabbage being the most common one. It has a very strong flavor and spicy most of the time. It is a traditional side dish in Korean cuisine.
Can I Make This Without Kimchi?
Yes you can, it will not be Tuna and Kimchi Fried Rice but even without it, I still love Tuna Fried Rice on its own. You will need to add more seasoning to the fried rice as a lot of the flavor of this dish came from Kimchi.
How To Make Kimchi and Tuna Fried Rice
Simple! Start by sautéing green onion and garlic in a hot pan. When making fried rice, I is important to use a hot pan for a dryer fried rice. Add in the drained flaked tuna. If you are using a tuna in oil, use the oil for sautéing, do not throw it. Add the tuna and stir-fry until almost dry. Add the rice and continue cooking, until the rice is almost dry. Add the Kimchi and spices and cook for another 3 minutes. Mix to combine. You’ll end up with a red rice that is packed with flavor. You can skip the additional peppers in the recipe if you do not like to spicy, the Kimchi I bought was not spicy enough for me so I added more spices.
Tips in Making Fried Rice
- Use the right kind of rice since this is a fried rice, the spotlight goes to the rice. I always prefer using a loose rice like Basmati, I find that they make nice fried rice because of the texture, even a freshly cooked Basmati rice always came out nice for fried rice. Before, I often used leftover rice because leftover rice tends to be drier which I find perfect for use in fried rice. But then since I started using Basmati rice, I realizeD I don’t even have to wait to have leftover rice before I can make a nice delicious fried rice. But then again, this is preference, some people like their fried rice somewhat sticky. I would say, use what suits your preference.
- Very important. A hot pan makes a great fried rice because it easily dries out the rice and give the nice loose texture.
- Less oil is better than more – One thing I dislike about some fried rice is the fact it tend to be greasy and oily. This is why homemade fried rice is the best way to do it. Making your own fried rice at home will allow you to control the amount of oil you use. I would say use a reasonable amount just enough to have the rice “toasted” and fried without making it swim in oil.
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1 clove Garlic – minced
- 1 stalk or Green Onion
- 1 can flaked Tuna
- 1/3 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/3 cup Kimchi (more or less)
- 1 1/2 cup cooked Rice (leftover rice is better)
- Make the Kimchi and Tuna Fried Rice: In a heated pan, add oil, green onion and garlic. Saute until the green onion is wilted. Add flaked tuna and spices and stir-fry until almost dry. Add rice and continue stir-frying until the rice is almost dry. Add kimchi and mix to combine. Cook for 3 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- If using canned tuna in oil, use the tuna oil to saute the onion.
- If using canned tuna in water, drain the water before using
- Cook the Egg: You can cook the egg any style that you like. For this recipe, I made a fried egg using minimal amount of oil. Spray the heated pan with oil. Crack an egg into a small bowl and transfer it slowly on the pan. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook until the egg white is no longer translucent. Remove the cover and pour small amount of water, about 1 tablespoon. The water will create a steam that will cook the yolk beautifully.
- Serve: Transfer the fried rice in a bowl top with the egg.
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