Serving something that’s supposed to be fried from a slow cooker might seem counterproductive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious. If our current plight is teaching us anything, it’s that kitchen gadgets aren’t always as singular as they seem. Stuff that looks pretty specific can actually be fairly flexible, provided you’re prepared to think outside the box.
Over the last few weeks, creative cooks all over the world have been proving that, if you put your mind to it, you can make a slow cooker do basically anything. Who knew that baking bread in a crock pot was not only possible, but surprisingly tasty? This week, another surprising recipe has emerged to add to the slow cooker cookbook, thanks to an Australian cook who claims to have created fried rice that can rival any takeaway.
The recipe, which was shared on the popular Facebook page Slow Cooker Recipe & Tips, uses many of the same ingredients you would expect to find in a traditional fried rice recipe. The obvious difference is the inclusion of a slow cooker and a 90 minute cook time.
According to the post, suggested ingredients include:
- 2 cups white rice
- 2 cups beef stock OR chicken stock
- 4 tbsp peanut oil
- 1 large brown onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- Handful chopped almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup frozen vegies (corn carrot peas capsicum)
- 1/2 cup chopped bacon
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
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As per the instructions, cooks should:
“Put stock in slow cooker set to HIGH. Heat raw rice and oil in hot saucepan til rice gets golden brown constantly stirring ( 3 mins). Add the veggies and 2 eggs stir for 1 min , then add to slow cooker and mix in with stock. Cook bacon in fry pan til crispy add to slow cooker. Cook onion in fry pan until golden add the garlic, chopped up almonds, soy sauce, fish sauce and anything else you wish to add flavour then add it to slow cooker. Cook on high for 1.5 hours WITH A TEATOWEL.”
If the reviews of those who have given it a go on Facebook are anything to go by, this is one recipe where it’s worth taking your time. One happy cook reported, “I was skeptical, but had it tonight - best ever - the whole family loved it [sic.],” while another added, “a work friend made this the other day & it was awesome!” It might not be traditional, but you can’t argue with the results.