This Brazilian fried rice with ham and egg recipe is delicious and fun. It’s an extremely easy recipe to make and totally customizable, so you can create your own version. PLUS it’s a great way to use leftover rice and holiday ham. Serve it as a side dish, or just by its yummy self!
About this Brazilian Fried Rice with Ham and Egg recipe
Brazilian fried rice, or how we call it in Portuguese, arroz maluco, is a very popular rice dish in Brazil. Arroz maluco, which literally means crazy rice, is typically made with ham and egg, plus a few veggies and topped with potato sticks that we call batata palha.
The cool thing about this Brazilian fried rice with ham and egg recipe is that it’s also super customizable. You can swap out and mix in other ingredients and come up with your own crazy rice recipe! Just remember, no matter what you add in, don’t forget the potato sticks or at least some cracked potato chips on top. That crunchy top is THE best part!
Aside from it being super delicious, we love this simple dish because it’s super easy to make. Also, it works both as a fun side dish, good enough to bring to a backyard party or as quick mid-week meal.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.
Brazilian Fried Rice Ingredients
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The beauty of arroz maluco is that you can easily change things up and create your own version based on what you have available at home, or what you like more. This recipe features my favorite combination of ingredients to make my Brazilian fried rice, but here are some tips and ideas to help you create your own recipe:
- ham – You can use ham steaks, or a ball of ham. But, this is also a great recipe to use up any leftover holiday ham. You can switch things up by using smoked sausage instead of ham!
- cooked rice – and speaking of leftovers, this is also a great recipe to use up any leftover rice as well. If you need to make a fresh batch, check out this recipe.
- frozen peas – you can also use canned peas. Not a fan of peas? Use corn instead!
- potato sticks – or batata palha, as we call them in Portuguese, are super popular in Brazil. They’re are awesome, add fun crunch to dishes, and we like to sprinkle them on pretty much anything from hotdogs to Brazilian strogonoff. Sadly, they’re not easy to find in regular grocery stores outside Brazil, but, you can find them at your local Brazilian market, or order them from Amazon. If this is too much hassle, just get regular potato chips and crunch them on top of your fried rice.
- fresh parsley – totally optional here, but, I love the extra flavor of the fresh parsley sprinkled on top as a garnish. You can totally omit this, or use other fresh herbs you have on hand like fresh chives, cilantro, or green onions!
How to make Brazilian Fried rice
Brown the bacon – First, you’ll want to melt the butter and brown the bacon. I like my bacon to be just brown enough without being too crispy so it doesn’t get dry or burns the butter. Then, add the onions and saute them until they’re transparent.
Scramble the egg – Then, you’ll want to add the egg to the pan with the ham and onion, and stir to scramble it.
Add in the cooked rice – Then, mix in the rice and stir to combine.
Add in the peas – Lastly, mix in the peas. We want to add the frozen veggies last in the process to avoid them turning to mush if cooked for too long. Cook just long enough to heat them up, about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to promote even cooking and you’re all set!
Sprinkle the toppings – The best part!! Top your Brazilian fried rice with the potato sticks and sprinkle in your favorite fresh herbs.
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Arroz Maluco – Brazilian Fried Rice with Ham and Egg
- 4 tbsp of butter
- 3 cups of ham, cubed
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup frozen peas no need to thaw!
- potato sticks to taste
- 1 tbsp fresh parseley, minced optional
- Add the butter and the ham to a medium pan with over medium heat, and brown the ham a few minutes.
- Add in the onions and saute until they are transparent.
- The, add in the eggs, and stir to scramble them.
- Add in the cooked rice stir, and cook until rice is warmed up – about 2-3 minutes.
- Lastly, mix in the peas and cook just long enough to heat them up, about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve and top with potato sticks and fresh parsley.