Thai Curried Fried Rice with Fish

by Spicie Foodie on February 6, 2012

A couple of months ago I was invited by the lovely Katie, of Epicurean Mom, to guest post for her while she was away. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is the recipe I shared on Katie’s blog. This fried rice is one we eat often so I just had to add it to my archives and share it with you guys. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Today I want to share a recipe with you for fried rice. It isn’t an ordinary fried rice but rather one bursting with the flavors of Thai cuisine. The really great things about this recipe are that it is very quick and easy to make, you don’t have to have a wok to prepare it and it is a great way of using up leftover rice. As a matter of fact leftover rice is what you want for fried rice.

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I think some people are intimidated by making their own homemade fried rice. Perhaps the intimidation is brought on from kitchen failure, one that happens to many on their first fried rice attempt. You see the secret to good results in fried rice is using leftover rice, or day old rice. Using leftover rice prevents the rice from sticking or becoming soggy. The leftover rice is drier so it will still absorb the flavors but not turn soft.  As to what type of rice to use, Jasmine rice is a good choice. But I’ll tell you a secret I’ve used long grain rice too, shh don’t tell anyone. The most important thing is to try and make sure it is day old rice. If the craving strikes you and you haven’t any day old rice then there is another way to satisfy the craving. Steam the rice to be used in the fried rice at least two hours before you cook it. This should still give you a dry texture and prevent soggy fried rice.

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I don’t own a wok so instead I use a large pan. It just needs to be a heavy pan or frying pan that won’t stick. This curried rice is a little spicy but no need to worry as you can adjust it to your personal taste. I like to use my homemade red curry paste (recipe here: http://www.spiciefoodie.com/2009/09/04/red-thai-curry-paste-krung-kaeng-phed-2/ ) but commercial will also due. If using commercial curry paste be aware that different brands are different levels of spicy. You’ll want to taste the paste then decide how much to add. Same goes for the fresh chiles, adjust to your taste.

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You could also turn this fried rice into a vegetable or chicken fried rice by swapping out the fish. The possibilities are endless. So go on and turn boring ordinary fried rice into a scrumptious Thai curried fried rice.

(If you would like to publish my recipe on your website please contact me first. I don’t bite :) )
Thai Curried Fried Rice with Fish
serves 2-3 as main dish
Ingredients :
3 cups day old cooked rice, Jasmine Rice
2 firm fish fillet, roughly chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 hot chile peppers, finely chopped
2 stalks of bamboo, thinly sliced
3 green onions, roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, shredded
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1-2 tbsp Thai red curry paste, adjust to taste
1 tbsp light soy sauce, adjust to taste
1.5 tbsp fish sauce
roughly chopped cilantro, mint leaves and basil, about 1 large handful each
crushed peanuts, optional

1. Heat the oil in a wok or a large frying pan. Once warm add the fish and cook all the way through. Next add the ginger, garlic, chile peppers, onion and carrots. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Next add the bamboo shoots, curry paste, soy sauce and fish sauce, cook for a minute or until the paste has dissolved. Turn the heat to high and add the cooked rice. Stir often to prevent burning and until all ingredients are combined.

2. Turn heat off. Toss in the chopped cilantro, mint and basil leaves making sure to well distribute them around the rice. Serve topped with crushed peanuts and  lime wedges if desired.

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Check out these great fried rice recipes:
- My Mother’s Shrimp Fried Rice by Joylicious
- Thai Pineapple Fried Rice by Vrinda
- Stir Fried Rice Cake with Spring Greens and Pork by Egg Wan’s Food Odyssey
- Kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap) by Herbivoracious
- Stir fried rice – vegan style! by PeaSoupEats
- Nasi Goreng Indonesian Fried Rice from the Spicie Foodie archives

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

A delicious looking and sounding dish! I love stir-fried rice and Thai flavors.




2 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Thank you Rosa!


3 Liz February 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Oh, such gorgeous photos, Nancy!!! Your work always amazes me…but I should not be surprised! Both beautiful and delicious…mmmmmm.


4 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Aww, thank you so much Liz :)


5 Tya@note etc. February 6, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I love Thai food.. yours really look fabulous and delicious… fried rice is my fav food, I always trying to made it anytime, and day old cooked rice is so true to make the rice not too sticky when we cook it



6 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

So you know already know the secret to great fried rice :)


7 Ramona February 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I could eat that entire pot for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! I love Thai food and I think the flavors you have going on here are amazing!! Really well done!! ~ Ramona


8 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I also go crazy for Thai food, just hard to resist any time of day. Thanks Ramona!


9 Liz February 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I am forever on the search for the perfect fried rice recipe! This may be the winner. Beautiful photos, too!


10 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Thanks and I hope you try it soon!


11 Patty February 6, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Spicy flavorful rice served in a bowl for dinner is one of my favorites and I love your addition of fresh fish! Gorgeous photos, love the fresh herbs;-)


12 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 3:26 PM

You are just like me hubby, he loves rice dinners too :) Thanks Patty!


13 Kiri W. February 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Oh my, this looks so, so delicious! I love curried fish, and this fried rice recipe sounds like a crowd pleaser :) Lovely recipe!


14 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Thank you, so far it has yet to disappoint. Hopefully it won’t start, lol :)


15 Priscilla M February 6, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Is there anything more beautiful than that? I think not!


16 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Thank you Priscilla :)


17 Nicole, RD February 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I love that last photo…so pretty! The flavors in here are great…and I have all ingredients on hand. Even better!


18 Spicie Foodie February 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Thanks Nicole! Great, I hope you try it soon.


19 Hyosun Ro February 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Such a beautiful fried-rice dish! I am sure it’s super delicious too with all those flavors.


20 Spicie Foodie February 7, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Thanks, it did taste pretty good :)


21 Marsha @ The Harried Cook February 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Yummy! I don’t have much luck with fried rice recipes… This looks great! I must try this… Thanks for sharing, Nancy!


22 Spicie Foodie February 7, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Too bad, but next time try the tips with the rice. It should work for you :)


23 Vicki Bensinger February 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I love fried rice and this version not only sounds delicious but not oily. I make jasmine rice all the time in my rice cooker. Now I know what to do with it when I have leftovers. Thank you for sharing. Sounds yummy!


24 Spicie Foodie February 7, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Hi Vicki, I cannot stand greasy fried rice. That is why I try using the least amount of oil, the flavor should come from the other ingredients not shadowed by the oil.


25 Anna @ the shady pine February 7, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Fried rice is very popular at our house and this sounds absolutely delicious! A perfect dinner with lovely flavours!


26 Spicie Foodie February 7, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Thanks Anna, hope you try it sometime.


27 Trix February 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I love making fried rice, though I haven’t done it with fish – this looks great! And I will keep it nice and spicy. : ) You are SO right about the day old thing, it makes ALL the difference.


28 Spicie Foodie February 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Fish was just a way of trying something different. I know I can count of you for the nice and spicy part :)


29 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 9, 2012 at 4:46 AM

I love thai flavors and this fried rice looks delicious! Your photos are so beautiful that not just by words description but visually I’m becoming way too hungry and it’s almost bed time…(kind of like opposite situation you had last night. haha).


30 Spicie Foodie February 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Thank you Nami! That is a good thing then. Hehe!


31 Magic of Spice February 13, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Beautiful and flavorful rice dish! And the photos are just wonderful, as always!


32 Spicie Foodie February 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Thank you Alisha my number 1 supporter :)


33 Sandra's Easy Cooking March 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Yummy!!!! Your dish look fantastic!


34 Spicie Foodie March 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Thanks Sandra!


35 grace February 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I found this recipe on pinterest and my husband and I loved it. Thanks so much! Will be making this again for sure :)


36 Spicie Foodie February 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Hi Grace,
That’s great. Thanks for letting me know and I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. :)


37 Deepthi May 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Since i ran out of red curry paste, I made this using yellow curry paste .. It was simply awesome.. all of us loved it.. This surely is going to be a keeper :)Thank you sharing such a wonderful recipe. Would you mind me sharing this recipe on my page


38 Spicie Foodie May 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Hi Deepthi,

Good for you, the recipe will work with green and massaman curry paste too. Thank you and glad to hear you loved it.

Sure, but please I ask you to link back to my website or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SpicieFoodie.FanPage

Thanks! ~Nancy


39 Deepthi May 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Sure.. Thanks Nancy !


40 Nusrat Azim May 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

To be honest, I’m interested in your photography … fried rice can wait. Let me savor your gorgeous, glamorous photos first :)


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