Gluten-Free Breakfast Idea
We love oatmeal for breakfast at our house. (Try our favorite Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal.) However, gluten-free breakfasts often revolve around oatmeal – particularly if you also need a dairy-free and egg-free breakfast. Sometimes you just need something else besides oatmeal. That’s where this gluten-free breakfast idea comes in.
Most people think of fried rice as a lunch or dinner dish. But it’s great for breakfast too! My mom learned how to make Breakfast Fried Rice years ago from a Filipino family member. She still makes it quite often and it’s always a hit. It’s delicious and free from all top 8 food allergens. You can even make it vegan if you leave out the bacon. It’s relatively quick to make and only has a few ingredients. Typically breakfast fried rice is served with a fried egg on top, and if you are able to eat eggs then I highly recommend that. But it’s delicious egg-free as well.
This awesome gluten-free breakfast is perfect if you have ingredients in your fridge that need to be used. It’s so versatile that you can add just about anything in it that you need to use up. The basic ingredient base of this recipe uses:
- White rice
- Bacon – we always use uncured bacon
- Green onions – but you can also you chopped white or yellow onions
- Salt and pepper
That’s it! It’s so easy. Unlike most fried rice, this Breakfast Fried Rice is made without soy sauce. This makes it even more allergy-friendly as soy is one of the top 8 food allergens. I’ve never tried soy sauce in this particular fried rice recipe, but if you want try it out then go for it! Let me know how you like it and how much you used in the comment section below.
Tips For Making Breakfast Fried RIce
As with all fried rice, this recipe is best made with cold rice. This is because cold rice is drier and will absorb flavor better than fresh, warm rice that has extra moisture. If you have leftover rice from dinner the night before then this will be perfect to make. If not, then you can easily make some the night before and store it in the fridge for this recipe. But don’t worry, if you are in a pinch and need to use warm rice it will still work!
Don’t be afraid of using salt and pepper. I try not to add too much salt to my cooking. Sometimes I even omit it. But this recipe is so much more flavorful and delicious with salt and pepper! It really brings out the flavors. And since this recipe doesn’t use salty soy sauce, it still will be lower in salt than other fried rice recipes!
Green onion is this fried rice recipe’s best friend! It’s so good with lots of green onion. Don’t skimp! My husband hates onion (insert eye roll here) so I cook it separately and then serve his before adding the green onion to the rest. If you don’t have green onion then you can use any chopped onion you have.
I usually choose to use brown rice when I can. But white Jasmine rice works best for this delicious gluten-free breakfast fried rice. You can use brown rice or any other kind of rice you have if needed.
How To Make Breakfast Fried Rice
You’ll begin by frying the chopped bacon in a large skillet or wok. Cook it until it’s nice and crispy then pour off about half of the bacon grease. The green onions and rice will then get stir fried in the remaining bacon fat. If you want to make this recipe vegan and leave out the bacon, then add a few tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and use that to stir-fry.
After pouring off the bacon grease, remove the bacon from the pan. Cook the green onions. Then add the bacon back to the pan and add in the rice.
If you are using cold rice then you will need to break it up into as small of pieces as you can. “Chop” the rice with a large wooden spoon or spatula so that it can all get stir-fried. Mix well. Add salt and pepper and stir.
That’s it! Super simple, delicious, and allergy-friendly! If you are looking for more gluten-free breakfasts then check out the rest of my breakfast recipes here. All my recipes, breakfast and otherwise, are free from wheat, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and cashews.
Breakfast Fried Rice
- Large skillet or wok
- 4 cups cooked white rice cold rice works best
- 6 slices uncooked bacon
- 2 stalks green onion
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Chop bacon. Cook in a large skillet or wok.
- While bacon is cooking, slice green onion. When the bacon is done cooking, remove it from the pan. Add green onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Return bacon back to the pan along with the rice. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the rice up. Stir-fry until the rice heats through and softens. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
Did you make this recipe? If you did then I would love to hear about it! Let me know what you thought in the comments.
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