Easy Fried Rice Recipe

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This is a favorite to order at a Chinese restaurant and we eat it at home every week. Fried rice takes about 15 minutes start to finish (as long as you have leftover cold rice) and is the perfect side dish or main meal!

It’s one of the dishes that everyone loves and it’s the perfect way to use up any leftovers.

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My daughter (who is almost 14) could pretty much exist on fried rice alone, it’s her favorite!  The great thing is that it’s the perfect place to load up on vegetables!

What Goes into Fried Rice?

Of course, fried rice starts with day old (cold) rice, a bit of oil, and some aromatics like garlic and ginger.

To make a vegetable fried rice, we often add in leftover vegetables we have on hand (corn, mushrooms, green beans, and diced peppers are all great).

You can add in (or any protein at all) add protein, any cooked meat, including shrimp, chicken or beef would be great additions to this recipe!


Fried rice is so easy to make at home it’s going to become a staple in your menu!  Here are a few of my favorite tips to make sure your dish turns out perfectly every single time!

  1.  Use Day Old Cold Rice: You’ll want to use pre-cooked cold rice.  Starting with cold rice will help you to get a good crisp on it which adds 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:  Make sure your pan or wok is nice and hot.  You’ll add 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 easy rice dish is so quick to make and I have no doubt your family is going to love it as much as mine does!

quick & easy fried rice in a bowl with chopsticks

This is one meal your whole family will agree on!

quick & easy fried rice in a bowl with chopsticks
4.95 from 54 votes
Review Recipe

Quick & Easy Fried Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Homemade Fried Rice is easy to make at home and loaded with flavor. Add leftover veggies and proteins to make the perfect meal!


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger minced
  • 2 green onions sliced and separated
  • ¾ cup frozen carrots or diced fresh
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 2 eggs cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken pork or shrimp (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 ½ cups cold cooked white rice

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  • 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.
  • Add rice (and protein if using) continue to cook until rice slightly crisped and brown. Don’t stir too much, you do want to get a little bit of caramelization.
  • Add in cooked egg, soy sauce & sesame oil.
  • Garnish with remaining green onion and sesame seeds if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 237, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 553mg, Potassium: 196mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1945IU, Vitamin C: 10.6mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1.4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword fried rice
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian

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  1. I plan to use snap peas and carrots from the garden do I need to freeze them first or can I put them in after they’ve been washed and cut.

      1. What if I don’t have ginger on hand? Anything I can substitute? Have everything else just no ginger.

      2. You can leave the ginger out or use a little bit of dried ginger if you have it. It will change the flavor slightly but still be delicious!

  2. Aw, I love fried rice a lot. Especially, it’s super nice when we can mix many ingredients together.
    Tbh, I Just made a big plate yesterday but looking at yours makes me wanna do it again for dinner xD

  3. I am a vegetarian, so this was so easy to make without the meat. I did add some extra soy sauce, and sesame oil, as I really like the flavors! Thanks so much for the recipe!4 stars

  4. Love fried rice 1. Can use wild alaskan Pollack don’t have shrimp in the fridge 2. Peas and carrots do have to be frozen

    1. I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not, almost any protein is great in fried rice! You’ll want to be very gentle when stirring to make sure it doesn’t break apart and add it towareds the end of cooking. :)

  5. This was delicious and quick! I added ground pork and put the frozen peas in after the cooking was done. They thaw but stay firm♡ adding texture.4 stars

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!

    1. I would add about 1 1/2 cups of chicken. I usually just whisk the egg, fry it 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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