Easy Fried Rice

I had my entire family over for chinese night.  It was a lot of work, but I wanted them to experience my famous chicken.  They absolutely loved it and agreed that it tasted straight from a restaurant.  I always serve this amazing fried rice with all of my chinese dishes.  It is easy and goes perfectly as a side.  friedricefinalI have always loved fried rice.  I could probably eat an entire bowl.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever you would like!  I have added bacon, chicken, and ham.  It is the perfect fried rice base and they say the secret ingredient to get the authentic chinese taste is sesame oil.  Whatever it may be it is fantastic!

4.9 from 25 reviews

Easy Fried Rice
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Serves: 8
 

An easy and delicious fried rice that will go perfectly to any chinese dish!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked rice *
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions (optional)

Instructions
  1. Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion and peas and carrots and fry until tender.
  2. Slide the onion, peas and carrots to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable mix.
  3. Add the rice to the veggie and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and combined. Add chopped green onions if desired.

Notes
* For the rice they suggest day old rice. I usually cook mine in the morning or night before and refrigerate. It will still taste great if you are not able to do this.

 This fried rice goes great with:firecrackerfinal2 Firecracker Chicken

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Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

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Alyssa

Comments

  1. Gris says

    Just made this right now while the Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken is in the oven. It was just missing a little salt and pepper to my taste. But it is Delicioso!

    • Heather Fletcher says

      My friend who is Guam and Filipino taught me how to make fried rice. Her recipe was the same except she didn’t use the sesame oil, but used garlic powder, onion powder and pepper instead. The soy sauce gave it enough salt flavor.

  2. Brittny says

    This was the best fried chicken! My husband absolutely LOVED it, especially with the firecracker chicken recipe to go along with!:) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dogcatcher Al says

    This was excellent fried rice! I’m not much of a cook but it tasted like the fried rice at my favorite restaurant. In fact better!

  4. Jenn says

    We just tried this for ourselves and it was DELICIOUS! Of course, we didn’t have day old rice, and had to use fresh, but it was amazing. :D

    Thanks for posting this super easy recipe. We’re thrilled and will definitely be making it again!

  5. says

    Sometimes I like to cook to help my wife. I love fried rice and found this recipe. Just made it last night. It was great! She thinks I’m alright :-). Thanks!

  6. says

    my sister and I we are thinking going to cook for our family for 3 days (that will give my mom a brake) and this was one of our ideas so I hope my family likes this.

  7. Dogcatcher Al says

    Man I slurped up that fried rice like one of my hounds chomping into a big ole T-Bone steak. It were taaasstttyyyy! Yum!

  8. Mary Kay Horvath says

    My husband loved it. He told my married kids all about it. Looks like I will be making baked sweet & sour chicken on Christmas Eve. Thank you.

  9. marialiane says

    I always get confused on this point- is it a 2 cups of rice AFTER its cooked or raw before I cook it? Thanks!!!

  10. curious says

    Why do you use frozen carrots instead of fresh? Whats the difference in making this to use fresh ones? Dont want to have to go to the store for one item…

    • Alyssa says

      The sesame oil gives it that authentic flavor but you would be fine with frying it in some vegetable oil. :) It will still be delish!

  11. C. Stewart says

    Made this rice with your sweet and sour chicken and was very happy I did. I thought both recipes where easy to follow and easy to complete. The only thing I did different is the way I dredged the chicken. I like a thicker coating so I stuck with dry, wet, dry for dredging. Great recipes though. Thank you

  12. Neicie...neicie13@aol.com says

    Hello Alyssa

    I’m going to try this recipe with brown rice and want to add strips of pork chops. Can I simply fry the chops and then proceed with the recipe? This sounds amazing

    Thank you

  13. D Tuttle says

    Thought it was a simple but very good recipe. I added beef to mine. Next time I may try a different oil with the beef but it was a very fine recipe

  14. Kay says

    This was incredibly easy and came out fantastic! I’m definitely not skilled at cooking and if I can do it, anyone can! I will definitely attempt the sweet and sour chicken next!
    I thought I had messed up the rice (it didn’t seem cooked when I put it in the fridge), but I added a little extra soy and it was perfect!

  15. says

    I’m making this right now. Basically what I figured it was but glad I found it here to verify. This beats me going out and spending $15 on Chinese food when I really just wanted fried rice. ;)

  16. Scott says

    Not sure why this is called Easy Fried Rice. All fried rice is easy. If you wanted to make this Japanese style instead of Chinese, just add a little white pepper and garlic salt to taste. I like to add leftover cooked salmon to mine!

  17. Jim says

    Thanks for the recipe – it works well and tastes great. This is a variation that some people may want to try, make your rice with the juice from another dish. For example, I used the sauce (water, spices, and meat drippings) from a pork roast that I made in a crock pot. It gave the rice a faint, spicy pork flavor that made the fried rice even better.

  18. Kate says

    This fried rice is delicious!!! I made it for dinner, it was easy and tasted very similar to a rice I get at my favorite restaurant.

  19. Patty Kadwell says

    this was the best dish i have ever put in my mouth it was like and an orange was dancing in my mouth. it was amazing my taste buds will never forget

  20. Andrea H. says

    I made both your fried rice AND sweet and sour chicken tonight and my goodness were they both delicious!!!! Thanks so much for an easy, very tastey dinner!!!

  21. Juan Luckey says

    I tried this recipe because my friend gave me a big pot of expensive Japanese rice that was undercooked. Turned out perfectly. I decided to add some frozen corn, chopped garlic and a bit of oyster sauce mixed with soy sauce to make it less salty. Posted a pic of the dish on FB and got tons of Likes. Thanks a lot!

    • KellieBellie says

      Was your rice fresh instead of day-old? Older rice works better because it isn’t so moist. If using fresh rice, lay it out on a lightly sprayed cooking sheet for about ten minutes to dry the rice out a bit before throwing it in your dish.

  22. elove says

    I never comment but just had to on this recipe. I did cheat as I don’t make rice very well and my husband is diabetic. I used frozen brown rice and just thawed it before adding it to the veggies. It was a hit with my kids and the hubby!.

  23. caradoc says

    That sounds like a LOT of sesame oil for just a couple of cups of rice, I use a few drops in soups and other things and it’s very potent. Are you sure it shouldn’t be teaspoons?

  24. kay says

    This looks delicious. . I am going to try to make it tonight..

    I love your photos. I am a novice photographer but I qas wondering which lens you were using..

  25. kay says

    Looks delicious. . I am going to try to make it tonight..

    Your pictures look.amazing.. I was wondering what lens you use.

  26. Crysi-G says

    I am making this for tomorrow’s school lunch, but I could only find sesame seed oil…. is that the same or do I need to scratch that and try a different oil? Help!!

    • Poly says

      For sesame oil try looking in specialty stores or Asian food markets. Sesame oil is used in a lot of Asian style foods.

  27. lynne andrews says

    hi.i want to make the baked honey sesame chicken, when you say 1 T cornstarch etc is that teaspoon or tablespoon? thank you

  28. Sabrina Bartholomew says

    I made the fried rice tonight for the very first time and it was amazing!!! It taste just like the rice from Panda Express. This is a simple and quick recipe. I had to go to the store to get green onion, white onion and frozen peas and carrots. I had everything else in the cabinets. I used minute rice. The one you cook in the microwave for ten minutes. I let it sit for an hour before cooking. I made teriyaki chicken with the fried rice and it was a big hit!.

  29. TJ says

    You are fantastic and I truely appreciate you and all the wonderful blogs you write to help me be a better and more frugal housewife!

  30. jelschue says

    This is exactly how I make my fried rice. It’s a go-to recipe on nights where we need something quick. I just throw in whatever protein (or not) and veggies we have on hand and make some brown minute rice. It’s the best! We have your baked honey chicken in the oven right now. I will post our review on that recipes link. I love love love to make take out type food at home, and our standard has been the Good Morning America Cashew Chicken from Charlie Gibson (highly recommend).
    Thanks for the recipes!

  31. Penny says

    I used cocunut oil, can peas and corn instead of carrots because i had none on hand i used onion powder and garlic powder And soy sAuce and a dash of two of teriyaki sauce it came out delicious

  32. Raewyn says

    I’ve been looking for a good fried rice recipe on and off for a while. I get cravings for the stuff, but not being familiar with the Chinese restaurants around here, I’m never sure what kind of veges they’re using (whether it’s big chunky stuff that does not compliment the rice at all, or really sloppy rice). Anyway, I cooked this up tonight and omitted the green onion (also known as Spring onion in some places) because just getting him to eat regular onion can be hard and it turned out perfectly. I’ve now got my own vege fried rice recipe that’s a no-fail.

  33. says

    Tremendous! I’ll modify it in future by adding water chestnuts and or/bamboo shoots.. love all the veggies. Added 1 chicken breast last night.. seasame oil amount was perfect. I also added a touch of oyster sauce. A real winner.. looking forward to going thru this site. Thanks!

  34. says

    This recipe is dead simple and ridiculously easy to add stuff too.. tonight it’s 1 cup of chicken and some water chestnuts.. great base recipe!

  35. Karen says

    I just made this fried rice and is was fantastic! I had everything and it went together so easily. So delicious that my husband had seconds and he is not a rice eater :). For some reason I couldn’t rate the recipe but if I could I would have given it 5 stars.

  36. Mike says

    I made this recipe using all the stated ingredients and serving sizes. It was so good I ate it all in one sitting. Thanks for the great recipe :)

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