Cumin Beef Fried Rice

Published: Apr 21, 2021 · Modified: Apr 21, 2021

A quick & easy beef fried rice recipe made with ground beef, eggs, leftover rice and seasoned with cumin that can be made as a side or a meal

This cumin beef fried rice was inspired Xinjiang cumin lamb that I absolutely adore whenever we go out to eat at our local Uyghur restaurant. There is something very flavorful and addictive about the combination of cumin with meat and on lazy days when I want to have a one-bowl meal without all the fuss – this definitely hits the spot. The best part is, you can have a one-bowl meal of ground beef spiced with cumin, mixed with egg fried rice in about 15 minutes if you are using leftover rice.

INGREDIENTS FOR CUMIN BEEF FRIED RICE

  • Ground Beef – I usually like to use lean ground beef for this recipe. If you can get a hold of ground lamb it will work beautifully with this recipe as well.
  • Rice – Try to use leftover rice to make fried rice. I have a few tips below on how to break it apart, and why it works better than using freshly made rice.
  • Garlic/Ginger – Ginger and garlic, when toasted in oil adds a wonderful flavor that works very well well with cumin and beef. Definitely do not omit these 2 ingredients.
  • Cumin – I try to use whole cumin for this beef fried rice whenever possible. Always toast it in a pan for a few seconds to bring out its flavor before using it. I have tried using ground cumin and although it does work, it does not have as strong of a flavor.

TIPS FOR MAKING FRIED RICE

  1. Try to use leftover rice whenever you make fried rice. Compared to freshly made rice, leftover rice tends to be a bit drier and firmer and can hold its shape better while you are stir-frying it. This can make a big difference between having fried rice with whole individual rice grains with a good mouthfeel, or soggy fried rice.
  2. If you don’t have day-old rice, you can make a pot of rice and put it in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. The texture you are aiming for is granular when you separating the big chunks of rice. Alternatively, you can also add slightly less water to your fresh batch of rice when steaming it.
  3. Using your hands, break apart your cold rice into smaller pieces by gently squeezing the rice in a separate bowl before you start making the beef fried rice. It’s a lot easier, quicker, and less messy to just put the smaller chunks directly into the frying pan than break it apart directly into the pan while the heat is still on cooking the eggs. I also find that the rice is easier to break apart in the frying pan, once they are in smaller pieces.

  1. Add in the rice when your eggs are half cooked. This will coat some of the rice with a bit of egg which will help with evenly breaking up the egg into smaller pieces throughout the fried rice when it is done cooking.

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Cumin Beef Fried Rice

A quick & easy beef fried rice recipe made with ground beef, eggs, leftover rice and seasoned with cumin that can be made as a side or a meal

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 15 mins

Course Main, Side

Cuisine Chinese

Servings 4 Servings

Calories 874 kcal

INSTRUCTIONS

Preparation

  • Crack the eggs into a small bowl and scramble it. Set it aside for later
  • Using your hands, separate the leftover rice into small pieces (see the photo in the blog post for how small I break up the rice). Set aside for later.
  • Cut the root tips off the green onions and finely chop it (including the whites of the green onion). Set aside for later.

Making the Beef Fried Rice

  • Add a bit of oil to a frying pan, and set it to medium heat and wait for the oil to get hot.
  • Add in the whole cumin seeds and toast it for 15-30 seconds. Watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn!
  • Add in the ground beef. Break up the meat into tiny pieces and cook for about 5 mins or the water in the ground beef evaporates away.
  • Add in the salt, ginger, garlic and soy sauce and cook for another 2 mins
  • Push the ground beef to the side of the frying pan. Add eggs into the pan and let it cook for a few seconds until the egg is about 50% cooked. (See the blog post for a photo of how much I cook the eggs before adding the rice in)
  • Add in the rice and mix the beef, egg, and rice together for about 10 mins. Keep the rice moving to fully cook the eggs.
  • Turn off the heat, and add the green onions and enjoy!

NOTES

  • Try to use leftover rice whenever you make fried rice. Compared to freshly made rice, leftover rice tends to be a bit drier and firmer and can hold its shape better while you are stir-frying it. This can make a big difference between having fried rice with whole individual rice grains with a good mouthfeel, or soggy fried rice.
  • If you don’t have day-old rice, you can make a pot of rice and put it in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. The texture you are aiming for is granular when you separating the big chunks of rice. Alternatively, you can also add slightly less water to your fresh batch of rice when steaming it.
  • Add the salt into the meat and not the rice, the grease from the meats spreads out the salt more evenly throughout the fried rice once everything is combined.
  • Toast your whole cumin seeds for a few seconds for a more robust and nutty flavor.
  • I try to use whole cumin for this beef fried rice whenever possible. Always toast it in a pan for a few seconds to bring out its flavor before using it. I have tried using ground cumin and although it does work, it does not have as strong of a flavor.
  • I have also tried sprinkling in some sumac for some extra flavor but this may not be for everyone. Sumac has an intensely sour flavor, so if you’re up for a bit more flavor and you’re okay with a bit of tartness then give it a try!

NUTRITION

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 874kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 604mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5mg

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