Have you ever had Tom Yum Soup? If so, you will love this Thai Tom Yum Fried Rice Using Turkey Meat! Rotisserie chicken, roasted duck, pork, or ham works perfectly for this recipe too! And it’s so quick and easy, you can have this delicious fried rice in 20 minutes!
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Initially, I had called for left-over turkey meat for this Tom Yum fried rice recipe. After a few questions and my realizing how silly it was to limit the deliciously to only once a year, I adapted the recipe a little bit to include roasted meat like chicken, pork, ham, or duck. All are excellent options and allow you to make this delicious fried rice all year round!
What is Tom Yum?
Tom Yum is a popular Thai dish using fresh herbs, tamarind or lime juice, fish sauce, and roasted chili paste mixed together to add a dynamic flavor profile. Tom Yum is most well-known for its sour and salty soup using shrimp, seafood, or chicken.
The bold and delicious flavors of the Tom Yum paste, mixed with fragrant herbs like kaffir lime leaves, garlic, and shallots, bring a delightful flavor explosion to your mouth.
For this recipe, we are going to use the same flavor profile that’s in the soup dish but instead of soup, we are going to use the paste for a rice stir-fried dish! It’s a lesser-known dish but it’s very popular with locals who know what this dish is!
Why this Recipe Works?
- This Tom Yum recipe uses leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat. Since the turkey is already cooked, you will shave off cooking time by at least 10 minutes, making this dish a very quick and easy to throw together.
- The recipes call for a pre-made Tom Yum paste. Not only is this saving you a ton of time on making the paste yourself,, but it’s two recipes in one. Traditional Tom Yum calls for chili paste, another recipe you will have to make without using the paste.
- As mentioned, the recipe is quick and fast. You can throw it all together in about 20 minutes.
- You can also use rotisserie chicken meat if you don’t typically eat turkey outside of Thanksgiving, allowing you to make this dish all year long!
What Goes into Tom Yum Fried Rice?
Here is the ingredient list for this recipe and a few notes on these specific ingredients that you might find helpful.
- Tom Yum paste. This is the star of the show that binds all the ingredients together into a sour, salty, and umami flavor. I used the Aroy D brand but have used the Mae Sri brand and loved it.
- Rice. You want your rice to be a bit drier for all fried rice recipes, this one included. See helpful kitchen notes below for more tips.
- Turkey meat. My original recipe called for leftover thanksgiving meat. But you can use any type of roasted meat for this recipe!
- Kaffir lime leaves. Also called “Makrut” in Thai, you can find these leaves in the frozen section of the Asian market. You will need about 3-4 leaves for this recipe, don’t skip out on this amazing taste and nutritious ingredient if you can help it.
- Shallots. You can substitute sweet purple or yellow onion if shallots are unavailable.
How to Make Tom Yum Fried Rice with Turkey or Rotisserie Chicken
Check out the step-by-step photos below to make this delicious Tom Yum fried rice using turkey, chicken, pork, or ham meat!
- Heat a wok or large skillet on medium-high heat and wait until it’s warm to add oil. Add the garlic and shallot/onion stir, and let cook for 1 minute.
- Add the eggs and scramble lightly for 1 minute. Do not stir it too often; you want to leave large chunks of eggs intact.
- Add the turkey and lightly stir. Fry everything in the wok together for 1 minute.
- Add the Tom Yum paste, break up the chunks and stir well with the food in the wok.
- Add the mushroom, again, and stir lightly for a quick minute just enough to let everything lightly cook together before adding more ingredients.
- Add the rice, fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar and stir for 2 minutes. Break up the rice chunks well and spread everything evenly on the wok surface to let out the moisture so the fried rice won't get too mushy.
- Turn the heat to high, and add the tomato and green onions, kaffir lime leaves, and cilantro. Stir well together, and cook for 1 minute.
- Turn the heat off, place the fried rice in a serving dish, and enjoy your new favorite stir-fry!
Helpful Kitchen Notes
- Tom Yum Paste. It'd be ideal if you can find a Thai brand for Tom Yum paste. If you are unable to, use whatever brand of the paste you can find, but play around with the amount of sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice a little bit towards the end to find just the right flavors for your taste buds!
- Rice. You can use rice 2-3 days old, but if you are unable, use fresh rice but be sure to let it sit and dry out on a plate for at least 30 minutes to let the moisture escape. You can prepare the other ingredients while this is going on.
- Roasted meat. You only need 6 oz of roasted meat. You can use dark or white meat for this, and it’s ok to leave some of the skin on top if you like the skin. The skin adds extra flavor. Yum!
What does Tom Yum taste like?
Tom Yum soup is typically a sour, salty, and spicy soup. The Tom Yum fried rice has the same flavors but is less intense because the rice and eggs absorb those flavors. However, you can jazz up the taste more with fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chilis if you want more spiciness added to your fried rice.
What are the Best Tomatoes for Tom Yum Fried Rice?
You should remove the seed of the tomato as best you can before adding the tomato to the stir-fried to ensure that the fried rice won’t get too soggy from the juice of the tomato. Tomato options for this recipe are Roma and the tomatoes on the vine. I find those tomatoes are firmer and hold up better in a stir-fried dish.
What Type of Mushrooms are Used for Tom Yum Fried Rice?
You can use any type of mushroom you prefer for this recipe. I used button mushrooms because they’re fast and easy, and you’re guaranteed to find them at most grocery stores.
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