Thai red curry paste makes for a flavorful base for simple fried rice. Use your favorite protein and herbs and you've got breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Heat two to three tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add the tofu cubes, seaon with salt and pepper and cook until the golden, about eight minutes. You can precook any other protein you prefer in same way. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. If you want to top your rice with fried eggs, fry them in the same skillet and set aside. (See below if you plan to cook the egg in the rice.)
In the same skillet add the chopped onion (or shallot) and cook for two to three minutes. Add another splash of oil if your skillet is too dry. Watch your heat--you want the onion to begin to caramelize but not burn. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the Thai curry paste and fish sauce and stir around in the onion until fragrant and well-distributed. Add the rice, turn up the heat to medium high (if not already there) and stir fry for about three minutes. If you want add eggs, take two eggs and lightly scramble them in a bowl. Make some room in the skillet by setting the rice to one side and pour in the eggs. Scramble until mostly cooked then stir into the rice. Toss in some of the chopped cilantro and scallions then turn off the heat.
Plate and serve with recommended garnishes.
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