Prep 15 Mins
Cooking 10 Mins
Serves 2

We’re paying homage to the wonder that is leftovers this month! They’re not just for heating up in the micro – no, with a bit of creative flair they become interesting meals! Like this recipe… Have a cup of leftover rice, a few eggs and a strip of bacon or two in the fridge? Then turn it into bacon and egg fried rice!


  • 3 strips of streaky bacon, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 spring onions, white part, finely sliced (keep the green part for garnish)
  • 2 plump cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (that’s a small 250g bag), defrosted
  • 2 cups leftover cooked rice
  • ¾ tsp Cape Herb & Spice Veggie Seasoning
  • ½ tsp to 1 tsp Cape Herb & Spice Sriracha Chilli (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 eggs, whisked with 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • 3 spring onions, green bits only, finely sliced


Fry the bacon in the vegetable oil until cooked. Add the sesame oil along with the white parts of the spring onion, the garlic and ginger and fry for a further minute or two until the spring onions just start softening. Add the defrosted frozen vegetables, the rice and the Cape Herb & Spice Roast Veggie and Siracha Chilli seasoning and stir through.

Scrape the rice mixture to the sides of the pan. Pour the whisked egg in the middle. Treat it like scrambled eggs and allow it to start setting before you start stirring it through the rice mix. If you start stirring it too soon, the egg will simply disappear in the rice and make it creamy. That’s not what you want – this is egg fried rice after all, you want to see bits of egg!

Right at the end, stir in the tablespoon of chopped coriander. Serve topped with the green bits of spring onion and extra coriander. This recipe will serve two adults very handsomely. If you have more leftover rice, simply adapt the rest of the ingredients accordingly.


More ideas for this egg fried rice recipe:

This is an incredibly versatile recipe. Just get the basic aromatics right and you can adjust it for pretty much anything you have leftover in your fridge.

• If you want to keep this vegetarian, simply leave out the bacon. You could add small blocks of tofu if preferred for an extra hit of plant-based protein.

• Any leftover veg like carrots, beans or peas in the fridge? Then use them instead of the frozen veg.

• Use leftover bits of ham, leftover steak cut into thin strips or leftover chicken cut into small blocks instead of the bacon.