Wholesome barley gets deliciously chewy and crispy in a hot skillet with scrambled eggs, sesame oil, garlic, ginger & scallions to make easy barley and egg fried rice.
Fried rice night is in regular dinner rotation at my house. Fried rice is a meal my kids love because they get to choose their own toppings. I love it, because once you make a simple version of fried rice once or twice, it's the type of meal you can make over and over again without a recipe, changing it up a little bit every time.
Every once in awhile, I like to change it up by serving either Quinoa Fried Rice or this recipe for Barley and Egg Fried Rice. A few minutes in a hot skillet with sesame oil turns barley into a chewier and crispier version of itself. Flavored with garlic, ginger & scallions and a blend of soy sauce, rice vinegar and maple syrup, this is a simple meal with big flavor.
Crack several eggs in the pan to add a soft and creamy scramble of eggs to the barley fried rice. And please don't forget to add Easy Weeknight Tofu! I keep trying new tofu recipes, and keep coming right back to my Easy Weeknight Tofu, because it's the best.
You'll need 3 to 4 cups of cooked barley for this recipe. Not sure how to cook barley? I've got you covered - here's a complete guide to cooking barley. I often cook a batch of barley when I have time, so I can use it in recipes like this one, or add it to soups, grain bowls and salads throughout the week.
How To Cook Barley Fried Rice
Once the barley is cooked, this meal moves along quickly. It's a good idea to have your toppings (like tofu, snap peas, edamame and/or egg rolls) cooked and ready to go when you start the fried barley.
- Heat barley in a hot skillet with oil, until it turns crispy and chewy
- Add scrambled eggs to the pan
- Drizzle in mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar and maple syrup
- Briefly saute garlic and ginger
Make barley and egg fried rice a family-friendly meal
- I love the chewy, crispy taste of barley fried rice. But do I also cook a batch of plain rice in the rice cooker for my kids and serve it on the side? (Shhh...yes, I do)
- This recipe sautes the ginger and garlic separately, so the adults can spoon as much as they want on their fried rice and kids can skip it, if they choose
- Serve all toppings (except eggs) on the side so everyone can build their own bowl
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