Easy Fried Rice

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Fried Rice is a combination of long grained rice, mixture of warm peas, carrots and onions with scrambled eggs mixed all together! You will not be getting take out any longer! 

Have fried rice as an entree or a side dish when serving it! If you love fried rice try these variations of fried rice: Bacon Fried Rice, Shrimp Fried Rice, Ham Fried Rice or Chicken Fried Rice.

Easy fried rice

Easy Fried Rice

I 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!

I had my entire family over for chinese night. It was a lot of work, but I wanted them to experience my famous sweet and sour 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!

Ingredients in Fried Rice

  • White long grain rice- Day old and cold rice help to keep it from being mushy.
  • Small white onion  
  • Vegetables- Peas and Carrots.  You can also add in other veggies such as bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, snow peas and cabbage.
  • Eggs
  • Sesame Oil 
  • Soy Sauce
  • Green Onions- Garnish with adding in sliced green onions right at the end! 

How to make Fried Rice

Preheat Skillet. Turn your skillet to medium high heat and pour sesame oil into the bottom of your skillet and add the onion, peas and carrots. Fry this until they are tender.

Slide the veggies to the side. Pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Use a spatula to scramble the eggs. Mix them together with the veggies.

Add the rice. Combine it with the veggie and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top and stir until it is heated throughout. Garnish with green onions.

Cooking easy fried rice
veggies and egg cooking
rice and veggie mixture
easy fried rice

Tips for making Fried Rice:

My Chinese sister in law gave me these awesome tips and recipe that I feel make it truly authentic. This is a tried and true family recipe that tastes even better than take out. We love have family gatherings and this is always a favorite recipe to use.

Here are some tips that will make this fried rice simple and easy for you to make. The great thing about this fried rice is made all in one pan. Less clean up for you and more time to sit and enjoy your fried rice as a family.

  1. Cold rice or day old rice is best. This helps to prevent and keep the rice from sticking together and getting mushy. It does not have to be cold, but it is best to have day old rice instead of fresh rice.
  2. Scramble the egg in the same pan. To save on dishes you can just slide the veggies to one side and pour the egg in the other side. Scramble the egg with a spatula and then combine with the vegetables.
  3. Use Jasmine or long grain rice. Using a long grain rice will produce the best results and is most commonly used.
  4. Use Sesame oil. For the authentic flavor this is a MUST! Sesame oil has distinctive nutty aroma that brings the flavors together in this dish.
  5. Soy sauce is your best friend. Little to a lot is all up to you. Don’t be afraid to go wild or stay true to the recipe. You will enjoy the extra flavoring soy sauce has to offer mixed with veggies and rice.
  6. Cook the veggies and egg in the same pan. This is my favorite trick to making this recipe all in one pan. As soon as the veggies are tender just slide them over to the side, pour the eggs onto the other side and scramble. It is as easy as that!

Fried Rice is great for leftovers!

  • Can you reheat Fried Rice? Yes! This is an easy fried rice recipe that is great to double to have left overs for the following day. The best way to reheat fried rice is either on the stove top or in the microwave. You don’t want to reheat fried rice more than once for best results.
  • Can you freeze Fried Rice? Yes! It is best to place cooked fried rice in air tight containers or ziplock bags. When ready to reheat, the microwave is the best option.
  • How long does Fried Rice last? After you cook fried rice, it is best to refrigerate in air tight containers. If it is properly stored, fried rice will usually keep between 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Is it healthy for you?

This Quinoa Fried Rice or even this Cauliflower “Fried Rice” are both healthier ways to make fried rice. Quinoa and cauliflower fried rice are perfect for making the dish low carb. You will get that same authentic and delicious Chinese flavor. Fried rice on average is about 333 calories in 1 cup. You better have 2!

What to serve with Fried Rice

easy fried rice


Easy Fried Rice

4.83 from 124 votes
An easy and delicious fried rice that will go perfectly to any chinese dish!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8


  • 3 cups cooked rice *
  • 2 tablespoons 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 tablespoons green onions, chopped, optional


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



*Day old cold rice works best and prevents the rice from being mushy. 
Post Update 8/19


Serves: 8

Calories142kcal (7%)Carbohydrates20g (7%)Protein4g (8%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol41mg (14%)Sodium282mg (12%)Potassium99mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1736IU (35%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium20mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
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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. 5 stars
    I had made some chicken that I’d marinated and cooked in sesame dressing. On a park I’d used the leftover juice to cook some rice, putting out on the freezer until I decided to make fried rice with it. Today was that day! I found your recipe, used my same rice, subbed coconut aminos for soy sauce and WOW! This turned out amazing.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely scrumptious fried rice. Super simple and easy to make after a long day. Thank you for posting this!

  3. 5 stars
    When we made the fried rice yesterday, it was awesome. I will recommend this recipe to friends and family and make it again soon.

  4. 5 stars
    This turned out great. My husband said it tastes just like what you get fro a restaurant. Thank you. I really like trying your recipes.

  5. The recipe calls for a small onion, chopped, but the amount shown in the video can’t be even a half cup. That’s a really small onion! Where I live, a small onion will be more like a cup and a half when chopped.

  6. Isn’t sesame oil more of a “finishing” oil than a cooking one? The smoke point on it is very low and I think could easily burn while cooking the vegetables. Are you using a special type of sesame oil?

  7. 4 stars
    I used a mixture of peanut, canola and sesame oil. I also added fresh ginger, ground oepper and cilantro. I added mushrooms, red pepper and cauliflower to the vegetables. And a bit of marinated roasted Cuban pork. It was fabulous!

  8. 5 stars
    This is my new go to for fried rice! A little goes a long way with sesame oil. Perfect amount! Don’t try to add more. Easy and delicious! Definitely chinese restaurant quality!

  9. 4 stars
    Very easy and yummy. Thanks a lot for the recipe!!
    I added canned corn to the carrots and peas, came out delicious.

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