I grew up in a house where food was NEVER wasted, so ‘butter’ containers (empty ice cream, butter and margarine containers mom would wash and reuse) stacked in the fridge was a norm. Usually packed with whatever leftovers there was from the night before. So finding the same in our fridge is not that surprising. This fried rice recipe is something I usually do when I want something quick, filling and delicious to eat and I have some leftover rice in the fridge.
2-3 cups cooked rice (chilled)
1 shallot (diced)
2 tablespoon veg oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup diced bell pepper
2 cups chopped cabbage
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup prepared salted fish (cod)
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (no seeds)
* To learn how to prepare the salted cod (saltfish) for use, click >> Learn How To Prepare Salted Cod For Use.
Prepare your salted fish (soak, boil, drain, strip/shred..set aside). The reason you do this is to remove most of the salt it’s cured in or it would be too salty for use.
Chop and dice the shallot, scallion, cabbage, bell pepper and scotch bonnet pepper. Please wear gloves when handling scotch bonnet peppers, wash your hands immediately after with soap and water and do NOT use any of the seeds of white membrane surrounding the seeds. That’s where the ‘real’ heat is.
Make sure the rice is chilled so when the fried rice is done cooking it will have a lovely grainy texture. My rice was cooked in salted water.
Heat the veg oil in a pan and add the pieces of salted fish and cook on low heat for 3 minutes.
Then add the shallot, diced pepper, scotch bonnet and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Go in with the black pepper and five spice powder and give everything a good mix. Now add the cabbage, soy sauce and sesame oil before adding the pre-cooked (chilled) rice. Heat at medium-high. Mix well and heat though.
After 4-5 minutes the rice should be heated through.. add the chopped scallions, turn off the heat and mix well. Taste for salt. Since I cooked the rice in salt, added soy sauce and the residual salt from the salted fish, I didn’t have to add any salt to the dish… but adjust accordingly.
In under 10 minutes you’ll have a delightful dish for two, packed with amazing Caribbean flavors. If heat is not your thing you can certainly leave out the diced scotch bonnet pepper or use a more tame pepper if you wish. Yet another great way to put leftover rice to use. ENJOY!