Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice recipe

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  • Healthy
  • Low-fat
serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 3
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 269 kCal 13%
Fat 11g 16%
  -  Saturates 2g 10%
Carbohydrates 23g 13%
  -  of which Sugars 5g 6%
Protein 17g 34%
Salt 1.7g 28%
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  • Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice recipe is a healthy take on a classic oriental egg-fried rice dish. As part of the ITV show Save Money Good Diet, Phil aims to create healthy versions of the nation’s favourite dishes while on a budget.

    This special fried rice is packed full of vegetables, ham, chicken, and prawns. Using cauliflower rice is a healthier alternative to rice and it’s lower in calories if you’re watching your waistline. Phil says: “Instead of using all rice, in this recipe cauliflower is ground up to resemble grains. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how this dish turned out: I was quite skeptical about removing pretty much half of the main component of the dish.”


    • 2 egg yolks
    • 4 egg whites
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
    • 4 spring onions, sliced on a diagonal
    • 200g cauliflower (1small whole), finely processed in a food-processor to ‘cauliflower rice’ consistency
    • 200g cooked brown rice
    • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
    • 200g mixed frozen vegetables, defrosted
    • 70g cooked cold-water prawns
    • 30g wafer-thin ham
    • 50g leftover or cooked chicken
    • Freshly ground black pepper


    • Mix the egg yolks and white together with 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and a dash of pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the eggs and spread out evenly. Gently draw the edges of the cooked egg from the sides of the pan so you end up with a nice, flat omelette. Once fully cooked (about 3-4 minutes), pop the omelette onto a plate.

    • In a large non-stick wok, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over a high heat. Fry the garlic. Chilli and spring onions for 1-2 minutes, then add the cauliflower rice and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring well to release some of its moisture.

    • Add the brown rice, Chinese 5 spice and the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Add the defrosted vegetables to the wok and stir-fry for a further 2-3 minutes.

    • Add the prawns, ham and chicken and cook for 34 minutes to warm through, ensuring they are properly reheated.

    • Finally, slice the omelette and mix into the pan. Serve.

    Top tip for making Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice

    Cauliflower is a high-fibre, low-carb alternative to rice, which drastically cuts the calories of this favourite dish. If you don't have a food-processor, you can chop or shave finely with a sharp knife instead.

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