This delicious Thai fried rice with leftover turkey meat is a perfect way to come up with a new meal the next day or so after your big turkey day. Your whole family will love this delicious dish. It's not spicy, plus it's fast and easy to put together in a flash.
There are many different types of fried rice in Thai cuisine. Try a few of these delicious recipes. Tom Yum fried rice using turkey meat. Thai green curry fried rice and pineapple fried rice with shrimp.
Why This Recipe Works
- It's a perfect way to use the leftover meat for a bowl of delicious fried rice after a large holiday meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- It's an easy recipe. It comes together fast! It's ready in 20 minutes or less! Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.
- Easily Add or substitute vegetables to mix things up. Add bell peppers, green beans, baby corn, and broccoli. Pick crunchy vegetables for the extra layer of texture.
- Use rotisserie chicken if not using turkey meat.
What Goes Into This Recipe
- Turkey meat. Use a combination of some dark meat with white turkey breast. A little skin is ok too. Slice into small pieces 1-2 inches long
- Eggs. Whisked eggs before adding to the pan to make scrambled eggs.
- Rice. Use day-old rice for the best result because there's less moisture in the rice and fewer chances of getting mushy fried rice. White rice, like jasmine rice, is best for this recipe. Brown rice is not recommended.
- Green onion. It adds an extra boost of herbs and color.
- Onion. Use sweet, white, purple onion or shallot.
- Carrot, diced. Carrot sticks are great, too, for this recipe.
- Oyster sauce. Adds a savory umami flavor to this tasty recipe.
- Soy sauce. Any brand you can find at your local grocery store will work. It may need adjustment toward the end.
- Fish sauce. Another umami salty sauce that's perfect for a fried rice recipe.
- Sweet dark soy sauce. You can use molasses as a substitute.
- Lime juice. Using rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar as a substitute is fine.
- Sugar. White or brown sugar works.
- Garlic. Use fresh garlic cloves rather than paste.
- Ground white pepper. Use a small amount to add a little heat to the fried rice. Black pepper can be used as a substitute.
- Oil. Use high smoking point oil like coconut, avocado, canola, or vegetable oil. Do not use olive or sesame oil for cooking on high heat.
How To Make Thai fried rice with leftover turkey
Step 1. Make the sauce in a small bowl by mixing all the sauce, sugar, lime juice, and white pepper. Set aside.
Step 2. Whisk the eggs lightly in a small bowl, then heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok, large skillet, or saute pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the lightly beaten eggs and scramble. Add the turkey meat to the eggs and cook it for over a minute. Remove from pan and set aside.
Step 3. Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan, and garlic and onion cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Less than 1 minute.
Step 4. Add the carrots and any other vegetables you want to add to your fried rice and cook for a minute or so until lightly soft, longer if using more veggies. Don't overcook, as you want a little crunchy texture.
Step 5. Add rice and spread it evenly on the wok, pan, or skillet to let moisture escape. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the rice starts to dry out, and you may hear some rice starts to pop. It's a great thing. (; Add the sauce and stir together well.
Step 6. Add the scrambled eggs and turkey back into the pan, stir and cook for a minute.
Step 7. Add green onions last, stir and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with green onions, lime wedges, and red pepper flakes.
Check out my Thai fried rice with turkey recipe web stories here for a quick overview of how the recipe is made.
Helpful Kitchen notes And Expert Tips
- Portion and Freeze your leftover turkey in small amounts. When it's time to use it for a stir fry or other dishes, you can quickly thaw it and throw it in a recipe in a flash. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
- Use day-old rice-cooked rice for making fried rice.
- If you don't have leftover rice, scoop out freshly made fried rice and spread it on a baking sheet or a large platter to let the rice dry. Leave at room temperature for an hour before cooking.
More Thai Recipes You’ll Love!
- Yakisoba noodles stir fry with leftover turkey
- Pad Mee Korat, with rice noodles
- Thai-style roasted turkey (brined and marinated) for your turkey dinner main dish.
- Nam Jim Jaeow recipe without sugar, a delicious Thai sauce perfect for your turkey dipping sauce.
- Thai basil chicken Pad Kra Pao
- kaffir lime leaves and substitute
- 5-minute authentic Thai satay sauce
- Tom Kah Gai, Thai Chicken coconut soup
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