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!

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Easy Fried Rice
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An easy and delicious fried rice that will go perfectly to any chinese dish!
Serves: 8
  • 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)
  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.
* 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


Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

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  1. Love your sweet and sour chicken recipe! Can’t wait to try the fried rice with it!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Homemade fried rice is the best! I can’t wait to try your version!

  3. YUM! Love how easy this recipe is

  4. When you say 1/2 frozen peas and carrots, do you means 1/2 bag or 1/2 cup?

  5. Where is your recipe for the “famous chicken”?

  6. 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.

  7. The fried rice was so easy and so tasty. A keeper for me. Thanks!

  8. Does it make a difference if the rice is instant or raw Long grain

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 😀

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

  12. Do you use toasted sesame oil?

  13. The ingredients call for 1/2 frozen peas and carrots, thawed — is this 1/2 bag?

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!!

  19. How many servings does this rice make?

  20. Yes, I make fried rice now and thanks a lot for this tips.

  21. That honestly an amazing reciepe period .
    so , easy and quick and so delicious thank you . i will try all yours

  22. Courtney Neal says:

    I tried this and LOVED it!

  23. is that 1/2 CUP or BAG of frozen peas and carrots?

  24. 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…

  25. Do I have to use sesame oil? My daughter has an allergy what other alternative would you recommend?

    • 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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!

  30. 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. 😉

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Thank you for this recipe. Absolute life saver!

  35. The Fried Rice was so Delicious! My family loved it and it was really easy to make!

  36. 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

  37. I cannot find the recipe for firecracker chicken.

  38. Hello! Can you tell me what the calories are for your fried rice? It is incredible! Kids and adults alike love it!

  39. Nibras Chowdhury says:

    Amazing Recipe. Never been able to cook it that easy and delicious!

  40. Wha kind of soy sauce did you use?

  41. 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!!!

  42. 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!

  43. Mine came out kinda of mushy any suggestions

    • 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.

  44. 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!.

  45. 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?

  46. 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..

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

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

  48. The easy fried rice was awesome! I added a dash of oyster sauce as well. A definite keeper!

  49. Five stars for ease!
    Five stars for taste!

    After making this I can’t believe I used to pay for it!

  50. 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!!

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

  51. 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

  52. 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!.

  53. 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!

  54. 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!

  55. I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! So much flavor for such a simple dish!

  56. 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. You could “probably” eat “an entire” bowl? Understatement!

  60. 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!

  61. 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.

  62. 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 🙂

  63. Love your recipe! Do you have recipies of any vegetarian dishes to go with the fried rice?

  64. Susanne says:

    I add oyster sauce for extra flavor. Great recipe!

  65. Is nice recipes and healthy…thank you 🙂

  66. Easy

  67. Leanne M. says:

    Do you mean carrots and peas combined into one cup or one cup carrots and one cup peas

  68. Garry Monett says:

    Could you provide me with a recipe for Chinese “beef, broccoli and onion” to go with your other great Chinese style dishes? Your recipe, if you have one or one that you could suggest.
    Thanks, Garry

  69. What a great recipe! I’m adding it to my “main menu”. Thanks for sharing!

  70. what would you suggest for an easy teriyaki chicken?

  71. Made this rice last week and was a big hit thank u so much for ur recipe

  72. Love your recipe! My brother loves fried rice, it’s his fave so I wanted to try and make it and this was honestly the best! I was so impressed by how well it tasted! I tried your chicken added fried rice recipe too. Both Great! Easy to follow, and super delicious!

  73. what is type of white rice? Is it Jasmine, Basamati or any other type?

    Thank you.

  74. Felt compelled to leave a comment. Thank you so much for a quick, easy & delicious recipe.
    Our entire family enjoyed it!

  75. Marley Y. Debangco says:

    Thank you so much ur recipe

  76. I didn’t like this recipe, I LOVED it! I wish I could give it more than five stars. At first, I was skeptical of scrambled eggs in the dish, but when I tried it, it all came together. The only thing I changed slightly was the onion. I don’t like sliced onion, but I love how the rice tastes with onion in it. I decided to use onion powder instead for the taste and it still turned out well. The only thing I will do differently next time is make more! Thank you soooo much for this recipe.

  77. Can you use vegetable or canola oil instead of sesame oil? And what about brown rice instead of white?

  78. I cook the rice (long grain white rice ) in the microwave. 1 cup rice, 2 cups chicken or beef broth, and 12 minutes high. I also use a little canola oil with the sesame oil (which can be a bit too strong in flavor).

  79. For teriyaki I use kikkoman’s teriyaki glaze and baste sauce. Brown thinly sliced meat (I use 1 pound Boneless skinless chicken thighs) until no longer pink in vegetable oil. Add entire bottle of sauce and 2-3 tablespoons water. Pour 1 pound frozen oriental vegetables on top. simmer covered on medium heat 5 minutes. You can add cornstarch or flour and water mixture to thicken, if needed. Serve with fried rice.

  80. I should make an amendum however – this dish should be using dark sesame oil. White sesame oil has a higher smoke point, and may be used to cook with, but also has little for flavour. This fact may cause some confusion for western cooks when using sesame oil.

    A good frame of refference is this – if a dish is being deep fried, and calls for sesame oil, the oil is white and may be used to do the actual cooking.
    If a dish is NOT deep fried, such as this stir-fried rice, then the oil is used as a flavouring ingredient, and thusly should be dark, and drizzled ovedr the finished product.

  81. Is it two or three cups of rice? And am I measuring it dry or am I mearsuring it after it is cooked? The original recipe says 3 cups COOKED rice. Some one commented saying 2 cups. HELP!!!Making this tomorrow! Thanks!

  82. this is the best fried rice I have ever made.
    Great recipe .

  83. THIS IS AMAZING! I was worried that it would have too much of a soy-saucy taste. To me, it tasted a lot like panda express! Making it for the 2nd time tonight!! Yummy!

  84. Connor McLane says:

    Have made this recipe a couple of times, once using rice cooked in chicken stock once used in vegetable stock. Both times I used different vegetables. Great recipe! Super easy and tasty – although I wouldn’t recommend cooking the rice in vegetable stock… Your slow-cooker cashew chicken is in the slow cooker now!

  85. Chelsea says:

    This is my first time making fried rice ever and it was fantastic! This recipe is so great and I also made the sweet and sour chicken which I am in love with. Definitely going to be making again!

  86. Sesame oil is never used for frying due to it’s low smoke point… doh!

    • I have a culinary arts degree and we used every type of oil for every application of cooking, you just have to know what you’re doing (:

  87. Lisa Parman says:

    this is an excellent recipe, we used jasmati (A Texas Rice), I toasted the rice with some butter and toasted sesame oil (just stir the raw rice over heat in the pan you plan on cooking the rice in, until it turns light brown, then add the required water and cook as usual) and it was delicious! Also used the imitation crab chunks. This is a recipe that you can add your own twist to.

  88. Can this fried rice recipe be frozen?

  89. I am making this tonight and adding some chicken. Thanks for the meal idea.

  90. Randall Noll says:

    While in the USNavy for 20 years I had ample opportunity to enjoy this dish as made by the local people. Each one delicious. Just about any variation of chicken works greatly. Sweat and sour pork is delicious as well. I’m sure many more out there also. But until now I have not been able to find a simple recipe. Thank you very much. I’ve now got a simple and foolproof recipe for fried rice. And I don’t plan on losing it. Lolol poor is all the people over seas had and they. Always did food wonderfully. And always willing to share. So thank you once again.

  91. I think I may have screwed up by using low sodium soy sauce. It wasn’t quite flavorful enough. Has anyone else made this mistake before?
    It was my first time making fried rice & still very good! Next time I think I’ll tweak it by using full flavor soy sauce, extra garlic & some chili sauce. Thank you for the great recipe for us beginners out here 🙂

  92. Bobby Jones says:

    I love

  93. Hi any other oil I can use to substitute for the rice I can’t quite find sesame…

    • The sesame oil is by the soy sauce on the Asian food isle. You can substitute with a regular cooking oil although the sesame oil is what gives it the authentic flavor. 🙂

  94. What can I use if I don’t have sesame oil???

  95. Jeannie Ferguson says:

    Making the fried rice and firecracker chicken for dinner tonight, for the 2nd time. This is, without a doubt, one of the BEST recipes I’ve tried with rave reviews from the people enjoying it. Relatively simple and way better (or at least as good as) any Chinese food we have had out. Any chance there may be any nutritional info on it anywhere? Thanks!

  96. I like Chinese fried rice, it is simple and quick breakfast.

  97. Could I use seasoned or unseasoned sushi rice?

  98. Tried the Fried Rice and it came out tasty (sad part is I over cooked the rice and it became mushy), kids and my wife liked it anyway along with spicy pepper chicken 🙂

    Thank you for the recipe

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