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.

quick & easy fried rice served in green and yellow bowls

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. My Wife and I love the Fried Rice. It easy and very good. I made this for the 3rd Time. The first two times I did not have sesame oil. This time I put the sesame oil in and it makes a big difference . Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  2. This looks really good! Reading through all the comments, you give 3 different replies to how the egg should be cooked, boiled, scrambled then fried! Traditionally it is always mixed, then fried very thinly, then cut into thin strips.

    1. Sorry for the confusion Lesley. I whisk/scramble the egg and pour it into a frying pan. I cook it and then once cooked, I chop it finely.

  3. Another great recipe that I have made from your website. I must say each one I try turns out great and tastes delicious! Everytime a friend says wow that tastes great..i simply say: go to spendwithpennies!
    Thank you for all your hard work!! Your recipes are perfect!!5 stars

  4. I have tried several of your recipes and have loved them all. Today was the first time I have ever made fried rice and OMG how easy your recipe was compared to all the others out there. I look forward to my email each day to see what I will find there from you!! Thank you Holly!!!5 stars

  5. I never did this before and I will use this recipe for all times Chinese Food is my favorite type of food.5 stars

      1. This is my go to fried rice recipe. I mostly follow it but after the veggies are added I just push them to the side and cook the scrambled egg in the same pan. I usually cut down on the white rice to 2.5 cups but add the same amount of soy sauce and sesame oil. Great recipe!5 stars

  6. is the eggs scrambled, boiled ? etc I want to try this recipe but want to b sure I am doing this right