Better than Takeout Ham Fried Rice

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Fried rice loaded with ham and veggies that is so delicious it is better than takeout!


Ham fried rice in a white bowl with a wood spoon.

My obsession with ham fried rice started at a young age. I was the pickiest eater created! Every time we would go out to eat I would order chicken fingers, even for breakfast. And if we got chinese food, I would order ham fried rice. I would enjoy a big huge bowl to myself and be in ham fried rice heaven.

Luckily I grew out of my picky eater stage and grew to love all sorts of foods. Although it took me 20 years to be able to enjoy a salad. But there will always be a special place in my heart for ham fried rice. I was craving it randomly for lunch. Every time I make my fried rice recipe I am reminded how amazing it is!! With a few little secrets to it, you can have restaurant quality right at home! Packed with ham and delicious veggies this was so incredible. This recipe is easy and makes quite a bit. Even better for me because I will have leftovers for days. 🙂

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Better than Takeout Ham Fried Rice

5 from 4 votes
Fried rice loaded with ham and veggies that is so delicious it is better than takeout!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 1 1/2-2 cups ham chopped
  • 3 cups rice cooked
  • 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
  • 3 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, chopped ham, 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, ham 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.


Serves: 8

Calories389kcal (19%)Carbohydrates59g (20%)Protein14g (28%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol78mg (26%)Sodium604mg (25%)Potassium241mg (7%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1766IU (35%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium38mg (4%)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 Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword fried rice, fried rice recipe, ham fried rice
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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 am allergic to eggs,is there any other suggested binder for this recipe?

    Carrots & peas are not a favorite, and I prefer fresh bean sprouts. Do you have a suggested amount of them?

    Frozen kernel corn comes to mind as an alternate to carrots & peas.

    1. Corn will work great and/or any other vegetable that you like that will fill the rice full. For the egg mixture you can just leave it out. It is an additive flavor.

  2. Excellent. Made it exactly as you told us, veggies were corn and green beans, that’s what I had in the freezer. Not a salty dish like many fried rice dishes and not oily either. The 2 tablespoons of Sesame oil were enough. Love it and saved it for next time. Thank you

  3. I am an avid fan of Chinese food. I love the way they combine flavours to create the perfect recipe in Chinese dishes. This blog you have shared gives me some new ideas to experiment on Chinese flavours. I am going to try the sweet-sour chicken. Thank you for sharing this post.

  4. Love your basic recipe, with a few of my own touches. Along with the onion and frozen peas, I added fresh diced carrot, garlic, just a little red sweet pepper and mushrooms. I sauted.saute do all the veggies in olive oil with a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Affair I added the ham and rice I added and TBS and a half more soy sauce. It made a perfect after Christmas ham leftover meal. Thanks for showing me the right steps to start with.

  5. This is fabulous! My teenage boys want a never-ending supply in the fridge to snack on. I have tried many recipes and this is my favorite! Thank you so much!

  6. It looks very tasty and I wanna try this.
    Alyssa, could you please advise? I wonder 3 cups cooked rice – 3 cups dry rice before cooking, or I should measure 3 cups already cooked rice?

    1. I am also wondering about this? Should I use 1 cup uncooked rice to make 3 cups, or 3 cups uncooked rice?

      1. You will want 3 cups cooked rice for this recipe. I use a rice maker and usually make a big batch of rice and use it for other recipes during the week or split it between two recipes. Hope that is a better clarification and you can enjoy this fried rice! Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  7. Is the sesame oil super strong? We aren’t huge fans but I wanted to give this a try since it looks so easy. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Made this for my family last night, pairing it up with homemade steak teriyaki . I followed the recipe thoroughly opting out the onions (kids are not fans of onions). A couple of empty plates later, my hubby asked where did I get the take out from, lol…

    Thanks for this great recipe

  9. Perfect recipe! Made this tonight using leftover baked Christmas ham. Everyone loved ît and went for seconds. My son said it was the best fried rice I made! Try it, you won’t regret it.

  10. If I can I would like to add something special to your fried rice recipes. Try cooking your rice with a couple Tbls of Coconut Oil. Makes a world of difference.

  11. I made this for the first time last night & it was absolutely delicious! I had problems finding sesame oil at first, but it’s next to the stuff in the Asian section in the grocery store. I’m definitely making this again! Thank you! This reminds me of the fried rice I used to get back in my hometown. But better! =)

  12. Hi everything on your Blog look’s so good it make’s me hungry everything look’s so easy Thank You!!

  13. This is the most awesome fried rice recipe!
    If you want to take it to another level add 1 tbsp minced ginger.and garlic never ruins any thing but dessert.

  14. Hi,

    i’m always curious, what type of ham do people use in fried rice, those pre-cooked large glazed type something else. I don’t usually buy pork other than pork shops so i’m basically clueless on what type is needed. thanks

    1. I have done it both ways. I have just chopped up a real ham or buy the pre packaged ham. I just fry both with the veggies for a minute or two. 🙂

    2. If I can find diced or cubed ham in the store I use that. Smithfield is the brand my store carries and I will buy an extra 1-2 packages to keep in my freezer when they are on sale. If I can’t find that then I just buy a ham steak and dice it up myself. I haven’t tried any other style ham. This has become a favorite meal and husband requests it often.

  15. Seriously awesome fried rice! My husband was convinced he didn’t like pork fried rice until he tried this dish. It is so, so, so good and super easy, too. Love it! I doubled the veggies just because I was trying to use up items in my freezer before I restock and sauteed some carrots and celery along with the onion and it was wonderful! It also made enough food that I was able to reheat leftovers quickly and top with 2 soft cooked eggs for his dinner the next day and he’s already asking me to make it again! Definitely a recipe that will go into our monthly rotation!

    1. 5 stars
      I can’t wait to make this recipe my husband and I love ham fried rice , it looks really easy to make . Thank you for your recipe

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