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Fried Rice Recipes

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Fried rice is a staple quick dinner choice. Not only is it fast and easy, but it is also a good way to use up extra meats and vegetables. This page contains recipes for fried rice.


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By 3 found this helpful
April 3, 2009


  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten


Fry bacon until crisp, remove bacon. With drippings, stir-fry onion for 2 minutes. Add cold cooked rice; stir fry 7-8 minutes. Add soy sauce, water, crumbled bacon; reduce heat. Pour eggs on top of rice and stir-fry 3 minutes, or until egg is cooked. May be doubled.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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By 5 found this helpful
December 3, 2018

I love turning leftovers into new meals in the following days, and this fried rice is one of my favourites! You can use any meat, veggies, and rice you have left over to make a new meal that tastes nothing like it used to. I used leftover ham and rice from Thanksgiving, and used up the rest of the veggies I had in the drawers. You can also use cooked veggies you have on hand, just chop them up and skip the first veggie sauteing process in this recipe. Have fun making your own version from your leftovers!


Using sesame oil is a fantastic addition for fried rice, especially because it changes the whole flavour of whatever you're trying to use up. I did not use any here due to a family member with an allergy joining us to eat. Otherwise, I highly suggest it!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking oil
  • 6 ounces cooked ham, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Heat some oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and bell peppers. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and sprinkle with some salt. Cook for a couple minutes. Transfer everything to a bowl.
  3. Beat the 3 eggs.
  4. Pour eggs into the same pan and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until scrambled and fluffy. Transfer to another bowl.
  6. Return the cooked veggies to the pan. Add the chopped ham. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until edges are browned, about 3 minutes.
  7. Move the veggies and ham over and add a bit of oil to the pan. Add the rice and turn heat up to high.
  8. Add soy sauce and hot sauce. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  9. Stir the scrambled eggs in and shut off the heat. Sprinkle everything with garlic powder and stir well. Serve immediately.
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June 8, 2011

We usually eat this as a main course, but it would also make a great side dish. We usually add Chinese BBQ pork, but it is a tasty vegetarian dish without it. My son requests Fried Rice often.

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April 10, 20062 found this helpful

In medium pan, heat oil and saute onion, garlic, and rice. Add hot water and salt. Bring to a full boil. . .

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By 1 found this helpful
March 24, 2011

Combine water and salt in a 3 quart saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in rice. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain rice.

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By 1 found this helpful
May 6, 2009

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in skillet. Stir fry 2 eggs in oil. Add celery, onions, mushrooms and pork or shrimp with remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet.

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By 2 found this helpful
September 10, 2009

Cook rice until done; set aside to drain. Heat oil in large skillet; pour on eggs. As they harden, cut up eggs with 2 knives.

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August 16, 2018

Upgrade leftover rice into a plate of feast. This recipe is another kitchen innovation I discovered just this morning. My partner loves fried rice and I want it to be more flavorful with a different twist. Here's the recipe.

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October 22, 20050 found this helpful

Just bought a Chinese cabbage at our little farm market and went to town with a Chinese inspired dinner. Please don't be afraid of trying the sauce! It was wonderful!

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April 2, 20050 found this helpful

To cook Rice for fried rice or other dishes that don't call for "gluggy rice" simply cook in the usual way (as in packet instructions), the steaming method is best but any other way you like will do. Put in fridge until cold then give it a good stir with a fork to separate grains then freeze in freezer bags or whatever in serving size amounts.


This way you only have to get the amount you need out of the freezer a short while before cooking your fried rice, microwave till defrosted and stir in wok or fry pan with chosen oil and other ingredients for a perfect fried rice. This really does always make the best rice dishes and cooked rice freezes for ages, I always separate the grains before freezing but it probably doesn't matter you could do it on defrosting.

By Trish

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June 5, 2019

I recently just learned that when you make egg fried rice, you must add the egg first then the rice, anyone know why?



June 5, 20190 found this helpful

I dont do it that way. I sauté the rice first.


I use a wok and push the rice out of the way. I then add the egg and then the peas

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June 6, 20190 found this helpful

I did ask around and they said that it help to make the egg taste better and coat the rice with egg better. But I'm not really understand that.

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June 6, 20190 found this helpful

I do the eggs separately. Not sure why eggs with rice but maybe to save time? :)

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May 26, 20171 found this helpful

A bit of chopped ham and lots of veggies makes for a delicious fried rice variation. This page contains a recipe for ham stir fried rice.

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December 12, 20161 found this helpful

This guide contains recipes for chicken vegetable fried rice. Chicken vegetable fried rice is a fast easy and delicious meal for your hungry family.

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

I am looking for good fried rice tips and recipes. I have tried a few times but I always end up with a gooey mess of rice.




Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes

You must start with COLD rice. Usually you make fried rice with leftover rice! Make your rice the day before and store in fridge. Be sure to run a fork through the freshly cooked rice before storing it in the fridge. Have every thing you wish to put in the fried rice chopped before you start. Usually you stir fry the meats/veggies first, then add the rice at the end. If you put egg in yours, scramble in a separate pan and add after you put the rice in. Add your soy sauce last.


By Becky

Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes

I agree with Becky..
Before I cook the rice I add real butter (my uncle used lard) to keep it from sticking, AND don't cook it for a long time. it sounds like you may be using too much water in your rice. quick cooking rice isn't always the easiest to stir-fry. I use medium grain rice. I heard that you shouldn't use salt in the water while cooking as it keeps the grains from cooking all the way through. (07/12/2005)


By Dee

Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes

To make a great Mexican rice: Fry rice and minced onions in oil. Add dash of mustard and then add tomato sauce,
water or chicken broth and a tablespoon or two of salsa and cook it covered.

Use tomato and broth and measure those both to equal liquid you need one cup rice to two cups liquid (07/12/2005)

By Annie Rios Hill

Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes

I found that I MUST use cold, cooked rice for fried rice. If you forget to make the rice the day before, just dump the hot rice in a colander or sieve and run cold water on it and let it drain WELL, maybe while you are cutting up your veggies. For an oriental rice, I scramble a couple of eggs, and set aside and add at the last. Here's my favorite recipe:

Always have everything you need ready beforehand because this goes really fast!

In a wok or large iron skillet: Heat to very hot and add a couple of tablespoons of peanut oil (vegetable or olive is OK but peanut tastes best)

Then add 1 cup of chopped onion and stir a minute, at least 1 tablespoon garlic and stir, 1/2 or more celery, chopped and stir a minute, a bit of green pepper, chopped and stir, three to four cups COLD cooked rice, 1/4 cup soy sauce and mix it all, constantly until well coated and the rice is heated through. Then add scrambled egg. You may also add bean sprouts and water chestnuts or any cooked meat. Add 1 cup chopped green onion and stir for another minute and serve.

Right now, our favorite things to go with this is fried chicken livers and a peanut sauce made of:

Heat in microwave until boiling, stir in a couple of tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. YUMMY! This is easily doubled and stores well in the fridge.


By Margie

Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes

My favorite tip is precooking your eggs before putting them in at the last minute. The other posters stated that they scramble them and put them in later - I have a recipe that has you beat the raw eggs, and pour them into a very large frying pan so they spread really thin. When cooked, you slide them out of the pan, roll them up, and slice really strips of eggs, almost spaghetti like. Once the rest of your recipe is done, you mix these lightly into the finished product. Its easier than trying to cook the raw egg over the rice, and it gives it a nice touch. (07/13/2005)

By Lisa Mutton

Japanese Fried Rice

This is a recipe a Japanese lady gave my mother when we were living in Japan. So it is Japanese Fried Rice.

Start the rice to cook. Break up and cook the ground beef in a large frying pan or wok and add soy sauce to taste while frying. (if you have a cast iron frying pan for this it tastes better). While the ground beef is cooking, chop the onion(s) and celery. When the ground beef is thoroughly cooked and broken up take it out of the pan and put it aside.

Add a little vegetable oil if necessary to the pan and add the chopped onions. Let the onions cook until clear. Add the chopped celery and cabbage and cook to your preference. I like the celery crunchy others like it cooked more. Add more soy sauce to the onions and celery now if you want. When you are satisfied with the celery, add the ground beef back in and season with some salt and pepper if desired.

Mix the vegetables and ground beef in the pan until the beef is warmed. By now the rice should be cooked. In a large bowl put approximately 1/3 of the rice and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture and mix this. Repeat with thirds until all the ingredients are mixed.

Can be used either as the entre or as a side dish. Experiment with any other type vegetables you like or leave out any type you don't like (with my family it is cabbage, YUCK!) and add with the celery. This is best when vegetables, other than the onions, are still crunchy

By Joyce Murphy

Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes

Once you try this fried rice recipe, you won't go back. It's just like a Chinese restaurant. It may seem like a lot of work but, if you have everything assembled it will go faster and worth the wait.

Stir fry onions with 1 Tbsp. oil over low heat till brown for 8-10 min.* Remove from pan

Mix the egg, 3 drops of soya sauce and the sesame oil. Add 1/2 tbs. oil to the pan and pour in the egg mixture, swirl in the pan so it covers the bottom and sides. Cook till the egg is puffy, turn and cook the other side briefly. Remove and chop fine

Heat 1 Tbsp.. oil, add chicken, carrots, peas, and cooked onion. Stir fry 2 minutes. Add rice, green onion, mix and stir fry 3 minutes. Add soya sauce and chopped egg mixture.


*It's important for the taste to cook these onions long and slow. When they are done, you'll see and smell why.



Fried Rice - Tips and Recipes


I'm of Asian descent and have seen/made fried rice since I was a little kid. As long as you have soy sauce, you can make fried rice with any vegetables you want. Cut them up small and saute them til they're cooked but still a bit crisp. As for the rice, I use the recipe below:

Bring water and salt to boil in 2 qt. sauce pan. Stir in rice. Return to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Cover; cook without lifting lid to prevent steam from escaping until rice is done (15-20 minutes -- check toward end of cooking time). Rice should be studded with steam holes when done. Let stand, covered, 5-10 minutes and fluff with fork.

There are other posters who swear by using cold rice. I use hot or cold, depending on what day I want to make fried rice. If you want to add eggs to your fried rice, I always cook them (thin omlet style) first and then cut them into little pieces. Add them to the fried rice mixture after the veggies are cooked.

So, basically. Cook the rice. Saute the veggies (carrots, peas, onion, garlic, etc) in a frying pan with a tiny bit of oil. Add rice. Add soy sauce and seasonings (garlic powder, sesame seed). Add egg, if desired. Mix all together over low heat and until soy sauce turns rice brown. Voila! Fried rice.

Another thing I do. If you have little packets of soy sauce or sweet and sour sauce from take out restaurants, use those.


By Meari

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