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"Turnin Me Up" Soulful Fried Brown Rice

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This fried brown rice might be as good as it gets. It’s quick and makes great use of flavorful soul food ingredients like black-eyed peas and collard greens for a great side or main dish recipe option.

Though the greens and peas are uncommon ingredients for fried rice, they work, and work well. 

I often make fried rice to make use of ingredients I need to get rid of before spoilage. This time I was just hungry and wanted to make use of whatever I had on hand.

In addition to the greens and peas, leftover smoked pulled pork takes this fried brown rice to the next level.

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Fried rice is meant to be fun and exciting. Beyond that the flavor should be booming! Turn it up with technique and ingredients broken down in the detailed instructions.

Fried Brown Rice Ingredients

How To Make Fried Brown Rice

Mix spices together in a small bowl.

Heat pan on medium heat. Add olive oil and then sauce pulled pork to allow the flavor to release. Stir as needed cooking for 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Add onions and saute 2 minutes. Add in garlic, peppers, and a third of the spice mix. Oil should be infused with flavor at this point. 

Mix in the collard greens adding more oil if needed. Add another ⅓ of the seasoning and cook another 3-4 minutes. 

Add drained peas cooking for 2 minutes mixing well. Add the meat back plus the rice plus the remaining spices. Mix all together and then let sit undisturbed 2 minutes for that crust to form. 

Add vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in and then remove from heat. Enjoy.

Cooking Considerations and Tips.

Use microwave brown rice to save time. I used Uncle Ben’s ready rice. White rice works in this recipe as well. Best rice for fried rice is leftover cooked rice, especially from your favorite Chinese spot.

One of the keys to this dish is adequately seasoning the oil before frying the rice. Rendering the fat and flavor from smoked pulled pork gets it started. But adding aromatics like garlic, onions, and peppers builds on that flavor. The spices just elevate things.

Drain your peas first. Liquid adds condensation which makes it difficult to get that proper crust.

I reserved a few collard green leaves from the batch I planned to use for a Southern collard greens recipe.

Once you add the rice don’t be in a rush to stir and mix things so much. Some patients will allow the rice to fry and build that crust. Crusty fried rice is the best!

I used cider vinegar, but red wine vinegar is a good replacement.

Eat with your favorite hot sauce. Pair with any of these popular soul food meat dishes.

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For Other Rice Based Recipes Try These:

Coconut Fried Rice with Brisket

Black Rice Salad

Okra Fried Rice

Jollof Rice

Coconut Ginger Rice

Red Beans and Rice

Red Rice and Shrimp

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

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Fried Brown Rice With Peas and Collard Greens

Quick, easy, and flavorful fried brown rice enhanced with leftover smoked pulled pork, black-eyed peas, and collard greens.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 656kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 9 oz Brown Rice Microwave
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves diced
  • 2 Collard Green leaves finely chopped
  • 14 oz can Black-eyed Peas
  • 1 pound Smoked Pulled Pork
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  • Mix spices together in a small bowl.
  • Heat pan on medium heat. Add olive oil and then sauce pulled pork to allow the flavor to release. Stir as needed cooking for 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Add onions and saute 2 minutes. Add in garlic, peppers, and a third of the spice mix. Oil should be infused with flavor at this point.
  • Mix in the collard greens adding more oil if needed. Add another ⅓ of the seasoning and cook another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add drained peas cooking for 2 minutes mixing well. Add the meat back plus the rice plus the remaining spices. Mix all together and then let sit undisturbed 2 minutes for that crust to form.
  • Add vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in and then remove from heat. Enjoy.

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Nutrition

Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1352mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1625IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 6mg
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