Easy Fried Rice

This Easy Fried Rice recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners when you want something tasty, fast, and filling for the whole family! It comes together in a flash and is full of good protein, grains, veggies, and the delicious flavors of soy sauce, garlic, and onion for a quick and delicious dinner!

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An Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Do you love fried rice as much as we do?! We don’t happen to live close to much of anything — at all — so take-out dinners are few and far between. But sometimes the flavors and ease of take-out come calling my name, and this is the only recipe I turn to. It’s absolutely delicious and takes less than a half-hour to throw together for a simple, satisfying meal for the whole family.

Plus, it’s one of those flexible recipes that you can adjust depending on your mood or what you have in the house! Don’t have ham? Use cooked chicken or shrimp instead! Play with the seasoning levels until it’s just how you like it. Throw in really any veggie you love, and it’ll be great! A little broccoli, bell pepper, or tomato would be divine.

I’ve even heard of people adding chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh) to their stir fry for a little sweet-and-salty action, which sounds incredible! Seriously, you can’t mess this sucker up. I hope it becomes a staple in your kitchen for crazy days and simple nights.

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Ingredients for Homemade Fried Rice

  • Light oil: for scrambling the eggs and sautéing the rice, veggies and protein.
  • Eggs: you scramble these and then add them into the rice mix at the end. Don’t skip them! It gives it that traditional fried rice egg bite and adds a little extra protein.
  • Cooked rice: leftover rice is better than fresh rice in my opinion. It doesn’t clump together as much as fresh rice, probably because leftovers are a little more dried out than freshly cooked rice. But both will taste good.
  • Diced ham: cooked! This will add a lovely salty protein and added flavor to the mix.
  • Peas and carrots: for a little veggie action, and because they’re the easiest vegetable ever to throw into a stir fry.
  • Soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper: this will give the fried rice a beautiful Asian flavor thanks to the soy sauce, and make all the other flavors explode. Simple seasonings go a long way with fried rice.

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How to Make Fried Rice

  • Heat a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl. Use a fork to whisk them together well.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Reserve the remaining 2.5 tablespoons and swirl the pan to spread the oil across the bottom of the pan.
  • Add your eggs and cook. Stir often to scramble and cook the eggs. When the eggs are cooked through remove them from the pan and place them in a small bowl, set aside.
  • Return the pan to the heat. Add the remaining 2.5 tablespoons of oil.
  • Add the cooked rice and saute in the oil. Break up the rice. If it starts to stick the to bottom lower the heat and feel free to add some additional oil.
  • Add the cooked ham and mixed peas and carrots. Stir to combine, and cook for a minute or two until the vegetables warm through.
  • Add the soy sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir to combine well.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. And feel free to adjust the soy sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder to your liking.
  • Stir in the scrambled eggs.
  • Remove from the heat and serve hot.

Tips for the Best Fried Rice

  • It takes roughly 2 cups of uncooked rice to make 5 cups of cooked rice.
  • I prefer using leftover rice but I have made fried rice with fresh cooked rice many times, too. The texture is just a bit different. The leftover rice doesn’t clump together as much as the freshly cooked rice; they taste the same, though. Leftover rice will produce an end result most like take-out fried rice.
  • The amounts/ratios of each ingredient can be adjusted to personal taste; just adjust the soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to taste.
  • Set aside the eggs after cooking them. That way they don’t overcook as you heat up everything else, and you can just fold them in at the end.

Variation Ideas

You can add all kinds of various produce and protein to fried rice! Try experimenting with:

  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Chopped onion
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapple
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Bacon

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How to Store and Reheat Fried Rice

Once the rice is totally cool, store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 to 4 months.

To reheat, place leftovers in a pan with a half tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Stir the leftovers until heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add a splash of additional soy sauce to moisten the leftovers if things have gotten dry.

What to Serve with Fried Rice

Fried rice *sort of* has everything going for it! You have carbs, protein, and vegetables, but if you want a side dish, you certainly have some options. You can pair fried rice with simply fruit, steamed broccoli, egg rolls, spring rolls, or a fresh salad!

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Easy Fried Rice


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x

Description

This Easy Fried Rice recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners when you want something tasty, fast, and filling for the whole family!


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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons light oil (such as avocado, vegetable, or canola oil)
  • 4 to 6 large eggs
  • 5 cup cooked rice (leftover or hot cooked, it doesn’t matter)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups cooked diced ham (or other protein of choice)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups frozen mixed peas and carrots
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Additional salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a very large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, crack the eggs and use a fork to whisk them together well (you can use as many eggs as you like, we like a lot of scrambled eggs in our fried rice so I normally use 6).
  3. When the pan is hot, add 1/2 tablespoon of oil (reserving the remaining 2.5 tablespoons) and swirl the pan to spread the oil across the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add your eggs and cook, stirring often, to scramble and cook the eggs. When the eggs are cooked through remove them from the pan and place them in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Return the pan to the heat and add the remaining 2.5 tablespoons of oil.
  6. Add the cooked rice and saute in the oil, breaking up the rice. If it starts to stick the to bottom lower the heat and feel free to add some additional oil.
  7. Add the cooked ham and mixed peas and carrots, stir to combine, and cook for a minute or two until the vegetables warm through.
  8. Add the soy sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir to combine well.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste and feel free to adjust the soy sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder to your liking.
  10. Stir in the scrambled eggs.
  11. Remove from the heat and serve hot.

Notes

  • It’ll take roughly 2 cups of uncooked rice to make 5 cups of cooked rice.
  • I prefer using leftover rice but I have made fried rice with fresh cooked rice many times, too. The texture is just a bit different. The leftover rice doesn’t clump together as much as the freshly cooked rice; they taste the same, though. Leftover rice will produce an end result most like take-out fried rice.
  • You can use any kind of ham you have; we also like cooked shrimp or diced cooked chicken in this recipe. It’s very flexible.
  • The amounts/ratios of each ingredient can be adjusted to personal taste; just adjust the soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to taste.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374.2 Fat: 12.5g Cholesterol: 145.2mg Sodium: 743.7mg Carbohydrates: 48.3g Sugars: 1.7g Protein: 15.5g Vitamin A: 232.1µg Vitamin C: 1.4mg

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Pamela

My Step Mom made this rice recipe and she died that day. I could smell the ginger and onion odor from the basement. All of a sudden, I heard a loud BOOM and when I went to go see what that was all about, I saw her on the floor. The fried rice was still cooking away, as she lay there dead on the floor. It was very heartbreaking. I called 911 and the ambulance came to get her body. I was left alone with the fried rice. I ate the fried rice. Very good and tasty. 10/10 would make it again.

Crystal

I have tried to make fried rice before but your tips made all the difference! Thanks!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.