I will forever adore ginger. Gingersnaps. Ginger ale. Candied ginger. I’m pretty indiscriminate when it comes to that most beloved of sweet & spicy delicacies. And now, that love has been extended to ginger fried rice.

Now fried rice is nothing new – it’s basically comfort food, something easy (and consistently delicious) to order from whatever takeout place delivers. But I’d never attempted making it on my own. And this recipe is so easy, especially for a fried rice newbie like myself. Check it!

Started out by chopping up a few tablespoons each of fresh ginger and garlic. Threw it into a skillet with 1/4 cup peanut oil and cooked, stirring occasionally until…

Everything was brown and crispy! Removed the garlic and ginger with a slotted spoon and let it drain on paper towels.

Using the same (now spiced) oil, I sauteed one sliced leek over medium low heat. Kept that up until the leeks were soft and golden.

Then I added 2 cups of day-old rice and lightly fried it all over medium heat.

Fried an egg…

And then it was time to eat! Scooped a big old helping of rice onto a plate, topped with my sunny-side-up, drizzled a lil’ sesame oil and a lil’ soy sauce and then topped with some crispy garlic & ginger bits!

Absolute perfection.

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen