Protein-wise, this recipe calls for shrimp, but you can use any protein you choose, or toss in mushrooms instead and call it a vegetarian’s delight.
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
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2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
½ pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
3 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups coarsely shredded radishes (about 10 large radishes)
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sake or dry sherry
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 cup blanched fresh or thawed frozen peas
1 cup blanched sugar snap peas, cut into½-inch pieces
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Coat the pan with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add a pinch of salt and some pepper to the eggs, then add them to the pan. Tilt the pan to spread the egg all around to make a flat pancake. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds, or until almost set. Turn over the egg (you can cut it in a few pieces to make it easier, using the side of a nonstick pan-safe spatula) and cook for another 10 seconds. Transfer the egg to a cutting board.
3. Add ½ tablespoon of the oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the onion. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is lightly golden, about three to five minutes. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until almost cooked through, about another three to five minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for one minute. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and return the skillet to the heat.
4. Add the remaining 1½ tablespoons of oil to the skillet, then add the rice, pressing it flat with the back of the spatula. Cook until the rice is slightly crispy, turning it over with the spatula, about eight to 10 minutes.
5. While the rice is cooking, in a small bowl combine the radishes, vinegar and salt to taste. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, sake and sesame oil. Chop the egg and add it along with the peas and sugar snap peas to the bowl with the shrimp.
6. When the rice is nicely crisped, add the contents of the shrimp bowl and the soy sauce mixture to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the mixture is heated through. Transfer the fried rice to four bowls and top each portion with some of the radishes.
Nutrition information per serving: 440 calories; 120 calories from fat (27 percent of total calories); 14 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 175 mg cholesterol; 50 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 22 g protein; 670 mg sodium.
By Sara Moulton, The Associated Press