Fried rice is a family favorite and a meal I make often.

This recipe is so easy to make! A handful of veggies and eggs are fried with rice, ginger, and garlic. Done in 15 minutes!

Make this simple dish with just a few ingredients, likely already on hand!

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Family Favorite Fried Rice

I can’t count the number of times I’ve made fried rice, it’s my daughter’s favorite meal by far!

  • Fried rice is easy to make and takes only 15 minutes, it’s faster than takeout!
  • Filling and flavorful this can be served as a main dish or a side dish.
  • Perfect for leftovers! Fried rice is ideal for using any leftover meat or vegetables.
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Ingredients for Fried Rice

Rice – The recipe below uses cold long grain white rice, but I make fried rice with almost any kind of leftover rice (or other grains). Leftover rice is drier and makes for the best texture.

Vegetables – Frozen peas and carrots keep it quick but fresh vegetables can be used in place. Finely chop them and cook in a bit of oil before adding the garlic and ginger. Try broccoli, cauliflower, corn kernels, sliced mushrooms, diced bell peppers, or bean sprouts.

EggsGently scramble a couple of eggs and stir them into the fried rice.

Seasonings – I love the flavor sesame oil adds, while soy sauce adds umami and salt.

Add-Ins – Customize your recipe by adding shrimp, chicken, beef, pork, bacon, ham, or tofu. Toasted chopped peanuts, water chestnuts, edamame, and sundried tomatoes add more flavor and texture to Chinese fried rice!

How to Make Fried Rice

  1. In a hot pan, cook garlic, ginger, and the whites of the onion in oil.
  2. Add vegetables and cook until heated through.
  3. Add rice and (optional) protein and cook until rice is crispy and browned. Stir in eggs, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  4. Garnish with green onion and toasted sesame seeds before serving, if desired.
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Tips for Great Fried Rice

  • Fried rice comes together very quickly, so prepare all ingredients before beginning.
  • Use cold day-old rice for the best results.
  • For best results, start with cold ingredients and a hot pan. This crisps up the rice and lightly caramelizes the veggies.
  • If you don’t have day old rice, cook rice and cool on a sheet pan in the freezer.

Storing Fried Rice

Keep leftover fried rice in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add leftover rice to stir-fried veggies, roll up into crispy egg rolls, or repurpose fried rice into a soup or stew.

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Easy Fried Rice

Homemade Fried Rice is easy to make at home – add leftover veggies and proteins to make the perfect meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

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Wok or large skillet
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Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or peanut oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger minced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced, green and white parts separated
  • cups frozen carrots and peas or mixed vegetables
  • 3 ½ cups cold cooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken or pork or shrimp (optional)
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil more to taste

Instructions 

  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggs to the skillet along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, breaking up the eggs, just until set. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining oil, garlic, ginger, and the white portion of the green onions. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the carrots & peas, and cook until heated and softened.
  • Add the rice (and protein if using) and continue to cook until the rice is slightly crisped and brown, about 7 minutes. Don’t stir too often, you do want to get a little bit of brown on the rice.
  • Stir in the cooked egg, soy sauce & sesame oil.
  • Garnish with the greens of the green onion and sesame seeds if desired.

Notes

If using fresh vegetables, finely chop them and cook them in a little bit of oil before cooking the garlic and ginger.
Leftover cooked vegetables can be used in place of peas and carrots.
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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.

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 :)