Better than Takeout Ham Fried Rice


My obsession with ham fried rice started at a young age.  I was the pickiest eater created!  Every time we would go out to eat I would order chicken fingers, even for breakfast.  And if we got chinese food, I would order ham fried rice.  I would enjoy a big huge bowl to myself and be in ham fried rice heaven.

Luckily I grew out of my picky eater stage and grew to love all sorts of foods.  Although it took me 20 years to be able to enjoy a salad.  But there will always be a special place in my heart for ham fried rice.  I was craving it randomly for lunch.  Every time I make my fried rice recipe I am reminded how amazing it is!!  With a few little secrets to it, you can have restaurant quality right at home!  Packed with ham and delicious veggies this was so incredible.  This recipe is easy and makes quite a bit.  Even better for me because I will have leftovers for days. 🙂

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Better than Takeout Ham Fried Rice
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Fried rice loaded with ham and veggies that is so delicious it is better than takeout!
Serves: 8
  • 1½ cups- 2 cups chopped ham
  • 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)
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions (optional)
  1. Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion, chopped ham, 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, ham 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.

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  1. I love ham fried rice along with special fried rice. Give me a bowl of this and some sweet chili chick and I’m good!

  2. I have not been able to find decent fried rice around here so I am definitely making this! It looks like my perfect fried rice!

  3. Seriously awesome fried rice! My husband was convinced he didn’t like pork fried rice until he tried this dish. It is so, so, so good and super easy, too. Love it! I doubled the veggies just because I was trying to use up items in my freezer before I restock and sauteed some carrots and celery along with the onion and it was wonderful! It also made enough food that I was able to reheat leftovers quickly and top with 2 soft cooked eggs for his dinner the next day and he’s already asking me to make it again! Definitely a recipe that will go into our monthly rotation!

  4. Good simple recipe for fried rice. Highly recommend for a fast dinner if you are short on time.

  5. Hi,

    i’m always curious, what type of ham do people use in fried rice, those pre-cooked large glazed type something else. I don’t usually buy pork other than pork shops so i’m basically clueless on what type is needed. thanks

    • I have done it both ways. I have just chopped up a real ham or buy the pre packaged ham. I just fry both with the veggies for a minute or two. 🙂

  6. Christine says:

    These look amazing. Going to try soon. Do you happen to know the calorie count for these dishes?

  7. This is the most awesome fried rice recipe!
    If you want to take it to another level add 1 tbsp minced ginger.and garlic never ruins any thing but dessert.

  8. Esmeralda Mollineau says:

    Hi everything on your Blog look’s so good it make’s me hungry everything look’s so easy Thank You!!

  9. I made this for the first time last night & it was absolutely delicious! I had problems finding sesame oil at first, but it’s next to the stuff in the Asian section in the grocery store. I’m definitely making this again! Thank you! This reminds me of the fried rice I used to get back in my hometown. But better! =)

  10. Larry Hamilton says:

    If I can I would like to add something special to your fried rice recipes. Try cooking your rice with a couple Tbls of Coconut Oil. Makes a world of difference.

  11. Perfect recipe! Made this tonight using leftover baked Christmas ham. Everyone loved ît and went for seconds. My son said it was the best fried rice I made! Try it, you won’t regret it.

  12. Made this for my family last night, pairing it up with homemade steak teriyaki . I followed the recipe thoroughly opting out the onions (kids are not fans of onions). A couple of empty plates later, my hubby asked where did I get the take out from, lol…

    Thanks for this great recipe

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