This is a great recipe you can play around with to suit your family’s individual tastes. This traditional Chinese dish has been adapted in texture and a few small ingredients for the Thermomix but undoubtedly delivers a healthy and nutritious family meal.
A few things to note before your start!
- The Thermomix version of special fried rice does not use oil, rather it steams. It is therefore not as crispy as wok cooked rice but still delivers on taste.
- You can alter the protein, vegetable and condiments parts of this recipe to suit everybody’s tastes, just follow our easy steps below and include or exclude any steps you need.
- You can substitute white Basmati rice with brown, this will simply add to your cooking time but will still deliver a very nutritious and tasty dish.
Equipment you will need
- Varoma & Varoma tray
- Chopping board and knife
- Baking parchment lightly soaked in water
Please note: We have prepared this recipe based on a TM5. If you are using an older model, the Thermomix bowl is slightly smaller, you may want to add 100g less water.
- 1 onion, halved and quartered
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4 eggs
- 400g coconut milk
- 600g water (800g for Brown Basmati)
- 400g Basmati rice
- 200g cubed protein (eg Bacon, chicken, prawns)
- 2 carrots thinly sliced
Add for Taste
- Brocolli florets
- Shredded Cabbage
- Spinach & Bok Choy
- Frozens Peas & Corn
- Baby Corn
- Cashew Nuts
- Soya Sauce
- Sweet Chilli Sauce
- Chilli Flakes
- Add onions and garlic to the Thermomix 4 seconds/speed 5. Scrap bowl and move to Varoma.
- Line the Varoma tray with the baking parchment.
- Add eggs to bowl. Whisk for 5 seconds/speed 3.
- Pour the eggs into Varoma bowl and set aside.
- Rinse bowl and add coconut milk and water.
- Place lid on top of mixing bowl and place basket on top, weigh in the rice.
- Place basket with rice inside the mixing bowl
- Add Varoma basket on top and set to 20 minutes/varoma/speed 4.
- Once the rice is cooking, start chopping and adding your proteins to the basket. Start with the hardest vegetables then layer to the lightest vegetables/nuts. (Note the Varoma takes around 8-9 minutes to warm up)
- Add the tray with egg with 10 minutes remaining.
- If all items are cooked after 20 minutes, lay the varoma lid on your bench and place the varoma vegetables on it.
- Empty the rice into the vegetables and gentle mix.
- Use the Thermomix spatular or a knife to cut the "fried" egg into squares, pour over rice.
- Add condiments to taste.
You can quite easily make this a vegetarian dish by removing the protein or exchanging for tofu. Increase the vegetable quantity to substitute.
Things that can go wrong with Thermomix Fried Rice and how to fix it
Not quite turned out quite as you planned? That’s OK, half the fun or Thermie cooking is adapting recipes so they suit your tastes. Here are a few tips on how you could alter and improve your recipe for taste.
Leftover liquid in the Thermomix bowl
If you like your rice a little more stodgy, the leftover coconut milk can be poured over the rice for a delicious Thai flavour, adjust your other condiments accordingly.
The vegetables are still too firm
If the Varoma hasn’t entirely cooked the vegetables through when your 20-minute timer is up (you can quickly get cutting your carrots with a knife), you can remove the rice basket and set aside for a few more minutes whilst the vegetables continue to cook.
The egg is still runny
You will want the egg to be cooked through in order to carve it. You may have added the egg too late in the process. You can remove the rice and vegetables if they have completed cooking and set aside and set the Thermomix to Varoma for a few more minutes on a low speed to cook the egg through.
The rice is not flavoursome
The great things about special fried rice is you can season it to taste. When it’s just my husband and I, we love it salty and spicy so add ample chilli flakes and soya once it hits our bowl. You can leave it unseasoned though for your family and leave the condiments out for everyone to season their bowls to taste.
The dish doesn’t feel “crispy” like traditional fried rice
One crucial element that the Thermomix omits that you get in a traditional fry pan is oil. Therefore you will lack a “crispiness” in this dish. If you still like a little crisp, one suggestion is to lightly fry the bacon on your stove before adding it to the final dish.
We do not add any additional sugar to sweeten our dish but this is all to taste. Sweetcorn can add a little crunch and sweetness, or adding some sweet chilli sauce at the condiment stage.
Prefer your egg finely shredded through the dish?
It’s taken us some time to perfect this part of the dish and get the texture right. We have tried cleaning the bowl at the end of the process and adding the lightly shredded steamed egg for 4 seconds/speed 3. Have a go at trying your own consistency if you don’t like your egg in slices.
Like this easy cook family dinner in the Thermomix? You can see all our tried and tested Thermomix recipes here or our complete “easy recipe” collection for busy moms here.