Ginger Fried Lentils

Ginger Fried Lentils Healthy and delicious, this recipe for Ginger Fried Lentils is a deconstructed twist on an Asian classic, fried rice.  A bed of fried black beluga lentils is topped with a sunny side up egg, sesame oil, soy sauce and a sprinkling of crispy garlic and ginger.  Each component is prepared separately and then combined at the end to create a dish that is well balanced, hearty and packed with bold flavor.  The crispy garlic and ginger are actually my favorite part of this dish.  I would recommend making extra. The flavor is utterly addicting.  Get the recipe after the jump.

Black Beluga Lentils Ginger Fried Lentils
Adapted from The New York Times.

¼ cup peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
Kosher salt
1 cup thinly sliced leeks, white and pale green parts only, thoroughly rinsed and dried*
2 cups cooked black beluga lentils**
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce


Warm half of the peanut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy and brown (not black!).  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crispy bits to a paper towel lined plate and lightly season with kosher salt.

Reduce head under the frying pan to medium-low and add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil and sliced leeks.  Cook the leeks, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned (8 – 10 minutes).  Season with a small pinch of salt.

Raise heat to medium and add lentils.  Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through.  Season to taste with salt.

In a smaller, nonstick frying pan, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny side up.

To serve, divide lentils between two dishes.  Drizzle with ½ teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce.  Top each portion with a fried and a sprinkle crispy garlic and ginger.

Makes 2 servings.

* Here is a good resource on how to clean leeks.

** To make black beluga lentils:  Wash and pick over 1 cup of lentils, discarding any found stones.  In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat.  Add lentils, reduce heat to low and simmer until al dente.  The lentils should be tender on the outside but still have a little bite on the inside (about 15 minutes).  Drain, cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.  To make this recipe even easier, simply use pre cooked black beluga lentils (found at Trader Joe’s).


  1. says

    Ok, did not even read the full recipe; just wrote down all the ingredients and am leaving for the store now. Between your starting suggestion and the photos… more needs to be said (will read the recipe when I make it though!). What a delicious cool weather dish. Sounds delicious! Thank you!

  2. says

    So I admit that I’ll love anything with an egg on top, but I honestly find the use of lentils here super intriguing and a nice alternative to rice! I’m excited to finally find an excuse to pick up some beluga lentils to try now – thanks!

  3. Dave Oien says

    Just a note on Black Beluga Lentils. This is a registered trademark of Timeless Seeds, Inc., a small, organic farmer owned company in Montana which introduced the Black Beluga Lentil to the food industry in 1994.  Trader Joe’s does NOT have the  authorization to use this trademark.  If you want to support farmers and “small food” please seed out certified organic Black Belugas under the Timeless Natural Food label.


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