Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free): Hugh Jackman’s Ginger Fried Rice

05/05/2014 at 04:16 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

You know those people who are so talented, it just doesn’t seem fair? Yeah, that’s Hugh Jackman. He’s good at acting, singing, dancing, and… well, looking like Hugh Jackman. He’s WOLVERINE, people! And it turns out he’s also got pretty good taste in food.

One of his favorites? This ginger fried rice, made by his real-life neighbor and renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Jackman apparently digs how satisfying the dish is — but I know I can make an equally satisfying, totally flavorful rice bowl with a lot fewer calories and fat grams.

The 8 tbsp. oil called for in the original? Unnecessary. And the brown rice I use has more fill-you-up fiber than the white stuff. That said, the egg on top can totally stay (yay, protein!).

Perhaps that other fried rice will only be Jackman’s favorite in the days of future past

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Egg-Topped Not-Quite-Fried Rice
Serves 4

1½ tbsp. minced ginger
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 packet (about 1 oz.) fried rice seasoning mix
1 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 cups frozen diced carrots and peas
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped broccoli
2 cups cooked brown rice, chilled
¼ cup chopped scallions
4 large eggs
Optional seasonings: chili powder, salt and/or black pepper, to toast

1. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook ginger and garlic until fragrant and lightly browned, about 2 minutes, stirring the whole time. Transfer to a medium bowl.

2. To the bowl, add seasoning mix, soy sauce and 3 tbsp. hot water. Stir until seasoning mix has dissolved.

3. Remove skillet from heat and clean, if needed. Re-spray and return to medium heat. Add all veggies except scallions. Cook and stir until frozen veggies have thawed and fresh veggies have slightly softened, 5-7 minutes.

4. Add ginger-garlic sauce and rice to the skillet. Cook and stir until veggies have mostly softened, rice is hot and liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in scallions, transfer to a large bowl, and cover to keep warm.

5. Remove skillet from heat and clean. Re-spray, and return to medium heat. Cook eggs per your preference (I like mine over medium, about 2 minutes), cooking in batches as needed. (HG Tip! When cooking eggs, lightly spray your spatula with nonstick spray to make flipping them easier and prevent yolks from breaking.) Serve each portion of rice topped with an egg.

In 1 serving (about 1 cup rice with 1 egg): 266 calories, 5.5g fat, 800mg sodium, 40.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 12g protein

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Anonymous on

“Fried rice packet”? Gross. I’ll stick with real fried rice.

Janette on

wow – fried rice packet….disgusting, but thanks for trying

Anonymous on

800 mg of sodium?! fried rice seasoning mix is totally unnecessary. also, brown rice can be swapped for farro.

Anonymous on

800 mg of sodium?! the fried rice seasoning packet is totally unnecessary. also, while brown rice is great; farro works too!

anonymous on

800 mg of sodium?! the fried rice seasoning packet is totally unnecessary. also, while brown rice is great; farro works too!

Dolly on

HG – Have you ever considered substituting quinoa for all rice? We’ve been doing this for just over a year. No taste or texture difference, but knocks rice out of the ballpark with its nutritional value. Would be interested in your thoughts.

Mel on

I used to subscribe to the HG newsletter until I realized how much low-fat, non-fat, all-processed crap she and her team support using. I’d rather eat real food that has real taste and wasn’t created in a lab off the New Jersey Turnpike. Seriously, you mean to tell me that some clarified butter or olive oil is worse for me than “non-stick spray”? Or that getting a recipe that uses real spices and some soy sauce is worse for me than using a spice packet that’s going to give me 800 mg of sodium and probably a healthy dose of MSG too? I don’t think so. These are the kinds of recipes that keep people fat and sick.

Jen DC on

People.com kills me with this “locked key” premium nonsense. Hey, People.com, it’s the internet! Do you think Jean-Georges recipe isn’t revealed elsewhere? I guess I should be asking the people duped into a subscription for this magazine…

AnsleyT on

You health freaks take all the pleasure out of eating….

Erin Obriecht on

Mel- I did the same thing. Her recipes are disgsuting and she promotes eating 1200 calories a day. She is an asshole.

Jay on

People are so obsessed with ‘fat’, yet they don’t pay one bit of attention to the sodium content. Olive oil is a good fat, but 800 mg of sodium is a killer.

Our cardiologist advised us to reduce the sodium in our diet, and when I started reading the labels of foods to see how much sodium they contained, it was shocking, especially foods that don’t taste salty at all. I’ve ended up cooking almost everything from scratch just to get away from the truly unhealthy ingredients in processed food.

Anonymous on

Here’s what I’ve been doing to lose the 5 lbs from the winter that just won’t budge.

Giant egg white omelet every morning + 1/2 strength training and 10,000 steps = 3 lbs down

Mel on

Erin – No joke, I lost count of how many of her dessert recipes started with a container of Cool Whip. People fall for this nonsense and think they’ll lose weight with it because it’s low-calorie. I’m Italian, the very idea of a non-stick spray would have sent my Nonna into convulsions. Just eat real food, folks. This stuff is madness.

Missy on

Wait, fried rice packet? I don’t think so. I am sticking to the real deal, real fried rice. There are ways to make healthy fried rice without using the packet. Simply, make substitutes when we are good to have meals that don’t need lots of unnecessary crap.

SAON on

I’m pretty sure the “800 mg” is a typo. It’s probably only about half that, which doesn’t bother me at all. It sounds DELISH!

LANI on

This fried rice recipe makes me laugh. Sorry. I know she’s trying to keep it on a healthy level but at the same time, she also messes it up with 800 mg of sodium! Fried rice seasoning mix? There you go! I never use any seasoning mix packets on anything like this. It’s enough to use soy sauce and salt!

Bianca on

Her recipes are geared for people who are too lazy to actually do some research, the easy type recipes that you are “told” are good for you, but again, are full of fillers. I recommend “Skinny Taste” her recipes are awesome and great alternatives.

Jay on

@SAON, a tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce has approximately 600 to 800 mg of sodium by itself. A packet of fried rice seasoning mix has anywhere from 1600 to 2300 mg of sodium, depending on the brand. That doesn’t include the ‘optional’ addition of salt she lists.

The 800 mg of sodium per serving is NOT a typo.

Heide M on

Sounds wonderful.

Trixie on

Great idea but the fried rice packet adds a ton of salt. Just go with the low sodium soy sauce.

Trixie on

Do you guys with the insults have to be ugly? Better not to say it than to say something unkind. That’s what we teach our children, right? Or should be. Makes the world a better place.

Trixie on

Great how many people noticed the high sodium content right away.
!I think I will try the quinoa. The ginger in this recipe is the real winner!

Faith Aiken on

I am trying to find Kathy Wakite’s recipe for Blueberry Muffins

nurunnahar amily on

yummy & delicious, I must try it. Thank you. .Recipes.

Guest on

The fried rice packet is most likely loaded with MSG! Yuck!

annie on

what is a fried rice packet? I just know how to make regular rice.

erin on

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