- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 4 slices bacon
- 5 mushrooms, sliced
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1 carrot, small dice
- 2 eggs
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup tamari
- ½ cup kimchi
- In a medium sauce pan with a tight fitting lid, combine rice, 2 cups water, and sea salt. Bring to a boil, stir once, turn down to a simmer, cover, and let cook 40-50 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Turn off heat and rest for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork. PRO TIP: before resting, wrap lid in a clean dish towel to absorb steam so it doesn't condense and roll back down into the rice and make it mushy.
- In a large cast iron skillet or wok over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Pour off most of the fat and set aside.
- In the same skillet or wok, add mushrooms, shallots, carrots, and saute for 2-3 minutes until soft and lightly browned. Add garlic and saute another minute until fragrant.
- Push vegetables to the side of the pan and turn heat up to medium-high, add eggs and scramble until cooked through. Add additional bacon fat as needed.
- Add rice, bacon fat, tamari, and crumbled bacon, stir and cook until tamari evaporates and rice starts to fry.
- Serve with kimchi being careful that the kimchi never comes into direct contact with heat or else the probiotic benefits will be destroyed.
A great option for a quick weeknight dinner meal, this bacon kimchi fried rice recipe also makes for great leftovers the next day.
This recipe is in our standard core recipe rotation at home – it has a complex carb, vegetables, good protein, good fat, probiotics, and only uses one pan. Does it get much better than that? If you are one of those people that always has bacon and eggs on hand, this is an extra easy one for you! Another one that will be good for you is our banana pancakes recipe as well. The fermented tang of the kimchi mixed with the salty richness of bacon, yum! The most widely distributed kimchi brands to look for in the refrigerated section at the store are King’s and Sinto Gourmet.
Give Yourself Variety
Use this as a base recipe. Have leftover pork or chicken? Use that as a substitute or addition to bacon. Have leftover greens or stir fry vegetables? Use those! Think of this dish in a flexible way. How can you change it to use what you have around or to keep it interesting? Try adding pineapple, raisins, and cashews for a Hawaiian style fried rice. The possibilities are endless which is why this is such a solid “core recipe” to have in your back pocket.
Being a “Lifestyle Level” recipe means that…
You don’t have to take exercise into consideration surrounding the meal. It is perfectly balanced to give you optimized energy (through balancing your blood sugar) to help you avoid the mid-day crash and get all the macronutrient love you need to have a good day. In fact, bacon kimchi fried rice is one of my favorite breakfast recipes!