Easy Fried Rice

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

Here is a 1 minute video on how to make fried rice


Easy Fried rice

4.85 from 84 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
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 Video

Recipe Notes

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

Post Update 8/19

Nutrition Facts
Easy Fried rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1736IU35%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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

  6. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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!!!

  10. 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.

  11. 5 stars
    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.

  12. 5 stars
    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.

  13. 5 stars
    Alyssa thanks for this easy and delicious recipe which can be prepared without too much work, believe me it’s a life saver.

  14. I made this tonight and followed the recipe – it was delicious and my kids and husband loved it. Thank you so much for an uncomplicated, delicious recipe !

  15. Love to add shrimp to it and that is our whole meal. I cook the shrimp first, then take it out and add it back at the end. Shrimp fried rice! No better.

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! I made it for dinner and my husband and I both loved it. I added some Five Spice seasoning, which worked well with the dish. I sprinkled some peanuts on top of the dish right before serving and it was amazing. Thanks for this recipe! It’s a keeper!

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