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

4.85 from 99 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 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



*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
    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!

  2. 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!

  3. 5 stars
    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 5 stars
    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!.

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

  9. 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!!

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

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

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

  11. 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..

  12. 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?

  13. 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!.

    1. 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.

  14. 5 stars
    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!

  15. 4 stars
    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!!!

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