Quick & Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice is one of my favorite things to order at a Chinese restaurant.  I wish I’d have tried making it at home years ago because I had no idea how easy it would be to make restaurant style rice at home!

This recipe takes about 15 minutes start to finish and is the perfect side dish or main meal!  I think I make this at least twice every week, it’s one of those things everyone loves and it’s the perfect way to use up any leftovers. You can easily add in any vegetables you have on hand (corn, mushrooms, green beans and diced peppers are all great) and any type of protein including shrimp, chicken or beef.  The recipe below calls for white rice but you can certainly use brown rice or even quinoa.

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This quick and easy Fried Rice recipe is one of our favorites! You can add any kind of vegetable or protein so it's the perfect way to enjoy any leftovers you might have! The best part is that it takes just about 15 minutes!

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Making fried rice isn’t difficult but there are a few tips that will help you get amazing results:

  1.  Use Day Old Rice:  When making fried rice, you’ll want to make sure you have pre-cooked cold rice.  Why?  Well it’s important that the rice is cold so you can get a good crisp on it which adds tons of flavor.  Fresh rice has too much moisture and doesn’t crisp up as well (although it does still taste great in a pinch).
  2. Use a HOT Pan:  Making sure your pan or wok is nice and hot will give the best results.  You’ll add your oil and you want the rice to crisp & caramelize a little bit to give it flavor.
  3. Be Prepared:  Fried rice is a VERY fast dish to make… you’ll want to make sure all of your ingredients are measured and ready to go.
  4.  Pre-cook your eggs & protein:  Once you have cooked your aromatics (garlic, ginger, onion) and vegetables, you want to crisp the rice and basically have everything else ready to go. This makes fried rice the perfect dish to use up leftover meat (beef, pork, shrimp or chicken).  Just chop your leftovers and add them in with the eggs.  

This quick and easy Fried Rice recipe is one of our favorites! You can add any kind of vegetable or protein so it's the perfect way to enjoy any leftovers you might have! The best part is that it takes just about 15 minutes!

Tools You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Wok or Large Frying Pan * Sharp Knife * Cutting Board *

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Quick & Easy Fried Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 side dish servings

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 green onions , sliced and separated
  • 3/4 cup frozen carrots (or diced fresh)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 eggs , cooked and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 1/2 cups cold cooked white rice

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a wok or nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic, ginger and the white portion of the green onions. Cook until fragrant. Add carrots & peas, cook until heated and softened.
  2. Add riced continue to cook until rice slightly crisped and brown. Don't stir too much, you do want to get a little bit of caramelization.
  3. Add in cooked egg, soy sauce & sesame oil. Garnish with remaining green onion and sesame seeds if desired.

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This quick and easy Fried Rice recipe is one of our favorites! You can add any kind of vegetable or protein so it's the perfect way to enjoy any leftovers you might have! The best part is that it takes just about 15 minutes!

Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

22 comments on “Quick & Easy Fried Rice Recipe”

  1. Looks amazing! And as I told you earlier, I have a fried recipe coming up…thankfully it’s different enough than yours is :)

  2. This recipe will be a hit with my boys. I make a fried rice recipe too but never thought of using day old rice. What a great idea. I will try this soon. Thanks.

  3. I absolutely love fried rice and this looks like a fantastic weeknight meal!

  4. This looks amazing! Love the flavors and comfort feel to it! :)

  5. YUM! Thanks for the fried rice recipe! Looks amazing and I will have to add it to my recipe list for next week. Thanks!!!

  6. I love fried rice and can’t wait to make this! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you – looks so good

  8. Love fried rice. You are very true when you said you can use whatever rice or quinoa you want and along with your favorite veggies. It’s easy and quick and filling.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe for fried rice with us.

  9. Want to try this – have some leftover chicken to use up. Just wondered about how much of the chopped chicken to add? Also, do I scramble the egg? And can I use dry ginger or does it have to be fresh? Thank you very much!

    • I would add about 1 1/2 cups of chicken. I usually just fry the egg flat and chop/slice it. If fresh ginger is available, it is definitely the best choice in this recipe. If using dry ginger you will need to reduce the amount you use.

  10. I really like and enjoy looking through the recipes, I will be making several of the dishes, Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Thought maybe you had a different recipe but pretty much just like I make! I would mention to anyone new to cooking with soy sauce, it will burn easily and quickly! I normally don’t add it until I’ve turned off the heat from my pan.

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