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!

Easy Fried rice

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
An easy and delicious fried rice that will go perfectly to any chinese dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

*Day old cold rice works best and prevents the rice from being mushy. 

 This fried rice goes great with:firecrackerfinal2 Firecracker Chicken


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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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        1. I use this recipe every week. While I have made it with cooked rice and it is EXCELLENT, I have also used frozen cauliflower rice and it’s amazing ! Use same amount of cauliflower rice as reg rice. Add at same point in recipe (I dont even thaw, just dump right out of bag) and cook. I simmer just a bit longer to cook off any extra liquid from frozen rice , but it comes out really delicious !!

  1. This is Incredible Fried rice, I similar to this food, I toasted the rice with some butter and toasted sesame oil, simply mix the raw rice over warmth in the frying pan you plan on preparing the rice in.

  2. I made this the other day and have made it 3 times since then!! Instead of using carrot, I used corn just because I like the flavour more but still worked out great 🙂 Super fast and super easy, 10/10 would recommend!!

  3. Love your recipes . .Do you have a recipe for a fajita marinade ?. i have tried so many of your dishes and so far they are all a hit .You have made me actually want to cook again because i was so tired of the same old ,same old . So thank you and keep them coming

  4. I love your fried rice recipe. It’s so easy and so very, very good. I add a little more sesame oil and soy sauce (because I love the taste. I use organic brown rice when I make iti.

  5. thanks for sharing! turned out great 🙂 used ready mixed veggies and Worcestershire sauce though, coz didn’t have soya sauce.

  6. very good recipe recipe helped a lot thanks alyssa i had it with firecracker chicken tasted out of this world !!

  7. very good recipe recipe helped a lot thanks alyssa i had it with firecracker chicken tasted out of this world thank again !

  8. This recipe is fantastic! The first time I made it, I added a cubed pork chop. The second time, I added extra veggies (red and green peppers). Am looking forward to adding chicken the next time I make it. Thank you, Alyssa!

  9. So easy to make. Be warned though. A single batch isn’t enough. I have to double it or face an angry mob!! 😂😂😂

  10. Alyssa, thank you for sharing. This is my go to once per week. The first time I made it I used shredded rotisserie chicken…FAB…the second time just vegetables. Love it, love it!!!

  11. This is a GREAT base for fried rice. I’ve never done it quite exactly the way the recipe states but it gets you there! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. This was delicious. Use the biggest pan you have because I made a little bit of a mess haha. The sesame oil made a big difference in flavor.

  13. Very tasty. My husband and I were both leary about the peas and carrots. It seemed like a lot of onion as well. We were both pleasantly surprised that it was so good! I’m so happy that I found this recipe and put in the effort to make it. I made it with your baked sweet and sour chicken recipe. I was unsure if that recipe would turn out for me as well. I was happy that I put the effort in make this meal. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading your blog as well.

  14. Alyssa thanks for this easy and delicious recipe which can be prepared without too much work, believe me it’s a life saver.

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